Well, after two very stressful and hectic weeks, we are finally all moved in and unpacked. I’m so glad it’s all over! It’s been three years since I’ve moved, so apparently I forgot how stressful moving is and that it’s not something you can coordinate well with little notice and planning; that’s how we did this move and I will never do it that way again. Here are all the things we did wrong:
- We didn’t give ourselves enough time to prepare. We found out we got approved for the house on September 28th and they wanted us to move in the weekend of October 9th, so we had less than two weeks to pack, transfer utilities, shop for a fridge/washer/dryer, etc. Normally, we probably could have gotten this all done in the given amount of time, but the thing is, I went to Vegas for work for four of those days which didn’t help expidite the moving process at all.
- We didn’t take off the Friday before the move or the Monday after. I have a few days of PTO saved up and I don’t know why I didn’t bother to use them. Probably because I thought we’d be able to get everything done in one weekend, but that wasn’t the case at all. I completely underestimated how much time we’d need to move all our stuff, unpack, and clean out our apartment. Looking back, I’d probably take a whole week off work if I could!
- We didn’t get clarification on what utilities we’d need. There was a major miscommunication between us and our PM company: apparently we needed PG&E for the gas water heater, but we didn’t know it until I tried to take a shower after a long day of moving and wasn’t getting any hot water. I called PG&E on Sunday to have them come out to our house, but the soonest they could come out was Tuesday. Luckily, we could still go to our apartment and take hot showers for those couple days, but it was kinda inconvenient since our old place is a good 20 minute drive from our new place.
Aside from all the epic fails listed above, we are very happy to be all moved into our new place. We are loving all the space we have now. (I have my own office, own walk-in closet, and own bathroom sink!!!) We even had our parents over for dinner last week and it felt comfortable hosting people instead of cramped like how it felt at our apartment. My favorite part about living in a house is we have our very own washer and dryer to do laundry with; I don’t miss community laundry rooms AT ALL. I’m also liking the neighborhood we’re living in now; it seems safe and everyone we’ve encountered has been really friendly. I have a feeling our new neighborhood is going to be a good place to start a family soon.
How was your weekend? Have any moving mishaps to share?