Sunday, October 29, 2017

T Minus Two and Counting......

Two, as in "Tuesday"....

Escrow closes, we sign all the final papers, and get the keys!

The "U-Boxes" will be delivered Saturday, and all the relatives are descending on the place Sunday to help us unpack, and move the stuff to the various places inside the house where we'll unpack it.

The fence guy will be there Monday (a week from tomorrow), and our in-laws son will bring the Bobcat by to pull ALL the old fence posts, and help reset the new ones, with the concrete properly built-up and shaped so the rain water runs away from the posts, rather than pool at the bottom, which is what caused the existing posts to rot out.

After careful evaluation of the existing fence, we decided to spend the extra money and just have that whole run replaced, and the single gate replaced with a new double-wide gate. It's going to cost about double what we had expected, but it will be ALL NEW, and coated with a "high altitude" version of a water seal product. Turns out the classic "Thompson's Water Seal" doesn't last more than a couple of years here due to the extra UV exposure compare to being at sea level. There's a competitive product made by a different company that's made for increased UV exposure, so that's what we'll be using.

Per our contractor, the new fence should be good for another 30 years, which is how old the existing fence is.

Then the tree guys are coming, and the cottonwood in the back yard will be reduce to an 8'~10' section of trunk, which "Chainsaw Mama" will turn into some yard art for us. The tree guys will also trim a large ash tree which has some limbs perilously close to the chimney, and they'll also take care of the large tree in the neighbor's lot which has a LOT of dead limbs hanging over on to our property.

Then the roof guys will come, weather permitting, and replace the roof.

And so, the adventure continues.

More to come, with plenty of pictures........

12 comments:

  1. Wow, you are gett'n it done! Thanks for the update, and looking forward to the photos.

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    1. It's been a grind, but we're in the "home" stretch!

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  2. With your in-laws looking out for you, all the work should be done properly reducing the mental load for your wife and you.

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    1. I just hope I get some training time on the Bobcat.

      I've always wanted to drive one of them.

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  3. Sounds like things are going really good.

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  4. Contractors love pre-existing homes on the market. Me and the missus, we prefer to start with an empty lot and go from there. Contractors love new constrution.

    Contractors - don't get me started.

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    1. Like most things, it depends on who the contractor is. Ther's good and bad.

      Our in-laws have been doing this for 35 years here, and have a very good reputation.

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  5. You've been going to town on all this, and now you are about to be done with it. Thinking back over all you have had to cope with, and the difficulties you have overcome, I have to tell you I'm impressed. Life there will be pretty nice and you certainly deserve it, you worked hard enough to make it happen.

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    1. My wife has made most of this happen, and at a reasonable cost.

      I really like the house we bought, but it wasn't my first choice. She wanted a house _NOW_, so I dug through the listings and found ones I thought would be a good buy. She wanted a 100% 'turn key' place, and I knew that wasn't going to happen in our price range. So, after looking at something like 18 house, and driving by another 10 or so, we narrowed it down to four, and then took the kids and our daughter-in-laws father to check them out.

      Got down to two, and finally one.

      We paid $375k for this one, and we'll have another ~$20k in it when we're "done" for now with the new fence, roof, tree work, washer/dryer, my radio room upgrades, and a few other minor things.

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  6. Good news, and patience IS a virtue... Just sayin... :-D

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  7. Me and the missus, we prefer to start with an empty lot and go from there. Contractors love new constrution.


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