Monday, October 17, 2011

Keys to a new chapter

Back in July, I wrote in a post that we'd bought a new place and will be moving end of the year. Well, we finally got the keys last week and to say we're excited would be a gross understatement.

The place we bought is is pretty good condition and reasonably well maintained but still, there are 101 niggly things that need to be taken care of. I know there are many families who will just move in and take care of these details gradually... but we're not that sort of family. We want everything to be perfect (or near perfect) so that when we move in, we can say "Aaahhh, this is our new home".

Even if this means running around like post-hibernation squirrels, trying to see to every minute detail ("buy extension to Andre's fan cord so he can reach it without standing on his bed"). I suspect there's a little OCD coursing through our veins. There were days when I was so exhausted that I went to bed and was out like a light by 10.30pm, which is unheard of for a night owl like me.

I wanted to record this process for myself since moving house is not something we do often (not for us anyway), so be warned that in the next few weeks, the posts will be predominantly on home and decor issues.

Sorry if you want to read only about education. The only education bit that's happening in my life now is Andre's upcoming SA2, which makes me weary just thinking about it, let alone blog about it. Thankfully, Lesley-Anne's exams are over and anyway, she did all her revisions on her own. Thank God for secondary school!

Back to the house. The first week we spent primarily meeting up with various contractors/tradesmen getting quotes. We didn't want to get a general contractor since we're not doing major renovations so even though it was more of a hassle, we decided to go directly to specialist vendors. Because we tried to get 2 or 3 quotes for every job, I think we managed to get better value in the end.

Of course, the quality of work remains to be seen. Hopefully we made the right choices.

This is our command post aka living and dining area:

The first 3 days were a whirlwind. At one point, we were meeting so many contractors that we almost lost track of who was quoting for what. Hooray for Excel spreadsheets!

Painting starts today. I can't wait to see how it turns out - colour really changes the feel of a house/room. Will blog about the progress, err... progressively.


Lilian said...

EXCITEMENT!!! The fun begins. Please take lots of photos, I wanna see the process from start to finish, towards the perfect home! Congratulations again :D

monlim said...

Thanks!!! We're so excited - will take lots of photos for sure!

Anonymous said...

EXCEL spreadsheets??? eeeks! ok, that's officially ocd. (i would have just scribbled on their name cards.) have fun with renovations! - kjj

monlim said...

JJ: You haven't seen OUR spreadsheets - columns and rows in a multitude of colours. It's like a Wall Street analysis (only more accurate)!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a duplex penthouse...envy...envy...I need a bigger house too for the storage but definitely not the to have best of both worlds?


monlim said...

QX: If you can't have the human domestic helper, I hear there are the techie cleaning gadgets these days :P

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