We moved to the new house over the weekend. When did I become too old to walk up and down stairs? I realize there is a slight change in the altitude, but this is ridiculous!
As much as I love the new home, we are about to fight an uphill battle against 'deferred maintanance'. The sellers were not able to do much cleaning and stuff before the move, she was in mid-pregancy and he was in the hospital for over a week with a mystery virus. I'm giving them credit for that, however, there are a lot of things we'll need to take care of very soon.
There are 13 light bulbs that need to be replaced, in locations ranging from outdoors to the little bulb that illuminates the ice/water dispenser on the fridge. Even the microwave bulb was burned out, but that didn't matter because we purchased a new one and had it installed yesterday.
The carpets were (and still are) the filthiest I've ever seen. Before we moved our furniture over, I ran our handy dandy Hoover carpet shampoo-er over all the carpets, collecting foul dirty water, sand, and gobs of pet hair. At the end of the first day of moving, our neighbors little girl discovered that her feet were black from walking around barefoot in our home. Yuck! We'll get them "professionally" cleaned as soon as all the boxes are emptied.
The yard is in terrible shape. Weeds and dandelions everywhere. Bare patches where their dog had pee'd (and pee'd and pee'd). It needs to be aerated tout suite (that's real quick in French, you know).
And this one, which is for the ages. The husband is a plumber. Or so he says. They had installed some really nice terra cotta tile in the kitchen area and the powder room. When he re-installed the toilet, he either didn't replace the wax ring or didn't take into account the increased floor height and added an additional ring. Now I know that most of you don't know about wax rings for toilets, but as soon as I saw the tiny trickle of water (first noticed by my eagle-eyed nine year old daughter) I knew he was a lousy plumber. The funny thing was that when I recounted the story of my daughter discovering the tiny trickle of water, my wife's 82 year old grandmother said "he forgot to replace the wax ring! You alwyas have to put a new wax ring on when you pull a toilet. what are they, 75 cents?" In fact, every woman over 40 that I told the story to said the same thing. So how is it that all these gals know about replacing wax rings but this plumber didn't?
For the record, a plain wax ring is 80 cents, a deluxe one with the plastic flangy thing is 93 cents.
And you know what I'll be doing on Saturday.