Moving Week


The big move starts Sunday! The plan is tobe out of our current place and into the new place by Friday. Naturally what will probably be our busiest moving day, Thursday, and it’s forecasted right now to be 103. I shall tape ice cubes to my forehead.

The house is nowhere near as ready as we’d hoped it would be before we moved in but what ya going to do? One more month and a couple grand and we’d be in a better state. Unfortunately we don’t have another month or a couple spare thousand so move in we shall. I’m still looking forward to it even though it won’t be very comfortable for a while. One thing that will be better is not actually having to drive over to a second house to work on it. As much as it sucks to work on a home while living in it, especially the amount and scale of work we’ll be doing. It’ll just be easier it seems to tackle projects when they are staring you in the face and screaming to be made pretty again.

At this point we still don’t even have a kitchen yet. The old hardwood has to be torn out, possibly new sub-floor installed and then we have to put in our temporary kitchen, all the while trying to move in. Anyone have a magic wand I can borrow? Thinking we may need a small miracle here.

Yesterday we had a 16 yard dumpster delivered to get rid of our massive pile of lumber and cabinets. The area we are moving to the houses and lots are long but narrow so all the houses are pretty much on top of each other. Which means the driveways are single car wide. We really were hoping they’d be able to get the dumpster in between the houses and dropped back by our pile. Carrying all that rubbish from the back to the front of the house with the sun mocking me was not something I wanted. Luckily it fit!

Dumpster Delivery

We thought the size of dumpster we ordered was big enough. Ummm it would appear not. Only was able to fit about half of our pile into it. Darn! We’ll have to drop another $310 now to get rid of the rest of the garbage, and we still have to tear out the hardwood flooring in the kitchen which shouldn’t take up too much room I hope.

Full Dumpster

What’s left of the pile.

Earlier in the day we took a trip to the Habitat store to take a look and see if they had any affordable cabinetry. I’ve never been to one of these places so I was very interested in seeing what was to be had. In the back of my mind I had a feeling that they wouldn’t have anything worth the money they’d probably be charging but had to go to find out.

Habitat ReStore

Lighting from 1980

Big Place of Stuff

I didn’t expect to walk into an upscale store or anything but what did surprise me was the pricing on the majority of things. If you get something for free (I assume 100% of the items are donated) you shouldn’t be selling old and used for close to retail. There was a handful of things that were priced decently like washers/dryers, and sinks etc.. but the cabinets were not priced to sell I’ll say that.¬†They must like not selling things at these stores. A shame really. For a little more you could buy brand new from a big box store.

We weren’t in the market for lighting at this point but I still had to look just in case. Yikes! 1980 called and wants it’s gold finish lighting back. My eyes were assaulted with row after row of fancy gold finish clear glass lighting. I had to leave before I threw up.

We didn’t find a single thing that would work but now we know we probably don’t ever have to go back, which is kind of sad. Looks like our temporary cabinets will be coming from Menards or Home Depot. You can buy naked cabinets for pretty cheap at Home Depot. I checked last week and a rather large sink base sold for only $150. I’m sold!

Next project: Carpeting

2 comments for “Moving Week

  1. Kathie M
    15 July, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    If you haven’t gotten rid of your entire pile of trash yet, call the junk guys…I can’t think of the exact name of their service. But when we had to tear our powder post beetle damaged hardwoods out of our bungalow in Midlothian, we called them and they took the entire load for $150. And they loaded it. And took some other junk that was on the property. Also, try Submarine Tender in Melrose Park. Best butter garlic fries and gyros in the area. :) And if you’re looking for kitchen cabinets and don’t want to invest in temporary, make a trip down to Arcola to the Schrock outlet. My parents did their entire kitchen for under $1,000.

  2. Joe
    16 July, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Kathie, thank you so much for your advice. We still have a pile, plus we have to tear out the kitchen flooring yet. So I will definitely look into the service you mention. The fact that they load the pile as well makes it even better!

    Looked up the Submarine Tender place, we will for sure check it out. Can’t go wrong with butter, garlic, and fries!

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