I know that not everyone earns the same amount as me. And I’m sure some of my money decisions (like $300 shoes and business class airfares (once)) shock people. But then I can be frugal and cheap like the rest of them. Here’s what I have in my house that was free.
That’s not even counting all the stuff you absorb from your parents house! I’m mighty impressed that such nice things can exist and be given for free!
I took some photos as a ‘memories’ of the packing and moving process. This is probably the last I’ll share of the old house (at least the last of photos you’ve never seen before). I’ll also review my ‘tips‘ (they’ll be the dot points scattered throughout)
Boxes stacked in piles, ready to be rolled out. I thought they were high enough, but the movers got one or two more boxes on each pile! So this tip:
use as many uniformly sized boxes as possible – they stack easier Thisworked well
wear pants with pockets – failed at this last weekend, and spent my life asking for things out of other’s pockets, namely keys! worked
label boxes on two adjoining sides – at least one should be accessible/viewable when stacked/moved then no one read these but me 🙁
consider a ‘car load’ for odds and sods – I have a list of what I think will be in this load did this, later than hoped with the hospital visit
magnetic notice board
You can’t beat plastic for protecting furniture. I’d kept the bags the sofas came in. I don’t usually keep packaging, but I couldn’t trash that much plastic, and I knew it was hardy enough to use again (unlike the flimsy mattress bags we bought)
Oh below you see the arm liberated from the sofa… That was a task and a half, but the BF and I are a good team and we got it done with minimal irreparable damage. The put back together has not happened yet…
create a list for the order of packing, starting with the least used items (like linen closet stock piles, out of season clothing etc) Or just do it all right before the move day
consider the order of stuff onto the truck vs off the truck, therefore, I’ll pack my entry buffet first, so it comes off last – in both cases, it’ll keep the entryway clearer in both homes. So simple, and yes, this is what happened
make sure you have all the tools you need for your flat pack items (thanks Ikea, I have so much Ikea in my house!) – allan keys, shifting spanners etc mostly worked, but the movers having a drill to borrow was a bonus!
remember to have toilet paper (more than one roll!) at both houses. Thankfully there’s a four pack left at the new home! worked
as above, it’s useful to have scissors/knives for opening boxes and cutting tape at both locations seemed to happen, by magic rather than planning
work out a ‘food plan’ cause at some stage eating will be needed <- ekk something I’ve not done yet! Nope, Dad did that!
I seemed to clean this place endlessly – on moving out day (when I had nothing to do but await the movers finishing emptying it). Then again the day after, in the morning, til I needed to be at the new house to receive the new fridge. Then again that same afternoon – to meet the agent and do the condition report for the new tenants. I won’t bore you with photos of the all the chips and dents… cause I have those too! Just some errie empty home photos. It was so echo-y, and both bigger and smaller all at once.
keep cleaning and hardware products at the ‘outgoing’ house for the final touch ups Ideally some at both house would be better!
roughly hash out what will go where (furniture items particularly, but you can get crazy and go down to cupboards!), and where ‘other’ stuff will go, such as all the boxes! didn’t do well, so I keep moving things in the kitchen to the BF’s frustration
spend the ‘pre’ move time getting things back to their rightful owners, dropping stuff at recycling centers or thrift stores etc. The less the move the better! (I’ll be rehoming my bokashi compost box to my parents, my sewing machine, 1 microwave and a toaster to some friends in need, excess craft stuff went back to the Co-op, and I have a box to give the op (thrift) shop already) Did this well! But then there’s a little be of ‘collecting it all back’ too!
Good bye old house – let the new tenants love you as much as I do!
Howdy all… Do things look a little different to you? Me too – I’ve moved house in the virtual sense too!
So the BF bought me a domain (isn’t he a romantic) and now that I live with him in captivity, we ‘moved house’ in the virtual sense too. So instead of being livetolist.wordpress.com, I’ve dropped a pesky nine letters and a colon, and said goodbye to the free-ness of WordPress. Now I am THE www.livetolist.com So, if like me, you love a great bookmark, I’d suggest updating it. But rest assured, if you don’t, I’ll still magically turn up, cause I have a funky redirection in place.
I’m not sure what this means for now, but I’m assured it gives me far greater visuals on statistics, which I quite like. Otherwise, from the back end, it looks the same but with more bells and whistles.
Anyhow, if you’re having any issues, please let me know, so I can iron out the kinks.
Now for some snapshots of my new place:
I did try to take it easy this weekend, focusing on my ‘top 3’ tasks per day – many weren’t DIY or house related, but meals out for a birthday and the church’s patron saint’s festival’s lunch. I’ve been a little stressed out, so I really did take it easier on myself with respect to the house (and the blogging). I feel much better for it too!
I think I need a catchier name for the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ house. Let’s call the old house the loft, and the new one… well, I’ll take votes!
I thought I’d share a snapshot of my Day 1 list (the day after move day), when I took the day off to ‘catch up’
Now, for the list going forward. I drafted this post a few days ago, so there’s already some updates:
complete the condition report for the agent
start taking photos for the blog (and the condition report!)
oil hinges (pronto!) canola spray worked a treat
hooks for scarves Ikea seems most promising
remove wardrobe shelf to get use of existing rail
use large hooks on rail for coats and jackets – so far no luck at our big hardware chain
location for big mirror (previously in the bedroom in the loft)
buy hardware for bed head ledgeThank you to the bf for taking me to the hardware store on Wed night
remake bedhead ledge (and modify as needed)
maybe mount mirror here (if not in entryway)
get power situation sorted with lamps, phones etc bought stuff on Wed night…
plane door so it closes!
buy more Ikea hangers so the BF’s things are all hung consistently (one of my ‘things’)
rationalise all things stored here (in case we rent it out)
get floating shelves fitted
plug in lamp
get approval to hang framed scarf
reconstruct arc lamp
place stools once the two above have settled
rehouse the cleaning box (rationalise contents too) put it in the laundry cupboard
plane floating shelf to fit adjusted location
store condiments (maybe rearrange shelves/cupboards to get ideal location) <- I did exactly that, simple!
find a storage place for manuals
get approval for a vacuum hanging apparatus?
move dryer to floor – need extension cord The BF’s task for the weekend!
General stuff to sort out
where to hang additional towel?
buy (small) outdoor furniture & BBQ?
buy new TV (& cabinet) as old TV been recalled
second washing machine
second microwavelisted on Gumtree, should offer it also through Facebook to friends
second hand mixer and on and on…
So it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as when I moved into the loft. I wanted to paint walls, and replace tap ware and all that sort of ‘big’ stuff. So it’s definitely more manageable, but I have to resist the internal pull to get it all done ‘NOW!’ And this list says nothing of the ‘quirks’ I haven’t worked out how to maximize – weird walls, and centering stuff etc. I took a bath for the first time since I was a kid last night, and I’m thinking ‘those hooks above the TV aren’t centered, they look weird, I need to fix that’. Evidently I need more baths and less thinking about hooks!
This weekend should get a few more things ticked off, combined with a birthday dinner for my mother and a lemon meringue pie. Yummo!
Today I’m moving house, so in light of this momentous occasion, I thought it time to shine a light on all the things I loved in my ‘old’ place.
When you select your home, you do so based on lots of factors. Obvious things like number of rooms, location, proximity to amenities, and mostly: the price! Then there are things that as you start to live in a place you realise you’re lucky to have. First, let me share with you my list of things I was looking for when I was looking to buy:
Close to public transport, as I don’t own my own car
Just a quick post to note what I think might make this move seamless, and then, I can come back and dispel the naivete next week, post move!
wear pants with pockets – failed at this last weekend, and spent my life asking for things out of other’s pockets, namely keys!
label boxes on two adjoining sides – at least one should be accessible/viewable when stacked/moved then
use as many uniformly sized boxes as possible – they stack easier
consider a ‘car load’ for odds and sods – I have a list of what I think will be in this load
magnetic notice board
keep cleaning and hardware products at the ‘outgoing’ house for the final touch ups
make sure you have all the tools you need for your flat pack items (thanks Ikea, I have so much Ikea in my house!) – allan keys, shifting spanners etc
create a list for the order of packing, starting with the least used items (like linen closet stock piles, out of season clothing etc)
consider the order of stuff onto the truck vs off the truck, therefore, I’ll pack my entry buffet first, so it comes off last – in both cases, it’ll keep the entryway clearer in both homes.
remember to have toilet paper (more than one roll!) at both houses. Thankfully there’s a four pack left at the new home!
as above, it’s useful to have scissors/knives for opening boxes and cutting tape at both locations
work out a ‘food plan’ cause at some stage eating will be needed <- ekk something I’ve not done yet!
roughly hash out what will go where (furniture items particularly, but you can get crazy and go down to cupboards!), and where ‘other’ stuff will go, such as all the boxes!
spend the ‘pre’ move time getting things back to their rightful owners, dropping stuff at recycling centers or thrift stores etc. The less the move the better! (I’ll be rehoming my bokashi compost box to my parents, my sewing machine, 1 microwave and a toaster to some friends in need, excess craft stuf went back to the Co-op, and I have a box to give the op (thrift) shop already)
That’s all I have for now… I’ll report back!
As for picking a mover – well I’d have welcomed advice. I feel like cheapest isn’t best. But then how much is too much? And what about insurance? Why do they all offer insurance, even though I have contents insurance, and they’d have third party insurance… Just seems like a gorge for money – your thoughts?
Today’s going to be a bit scattered – which is a bit how I feel!
Firstly, we’ve been accepted to rent “home 2” listed as the evening showing in my recent post! This was the BF’s preferred place. When I initially sent the ad to him he said was too pricey, so I worked on not getting my hopes up. But it is spacious enough, that I can see us being happy there for a long time. And it’s a great area, in a small building close to shops. I’ll just need to enjoy the extra blocks to the train station – but seeing I won’t be catching the train to see the BF, it shouldn’t affect me much! 😀 We looked it again on Saturday, and arranged all our paperwork ready to ‘apply’ on Saturday after the showing. By about 10am on Monday we were told we’d been successful!!! (who wouldn’t want us, really?)
I am excited, but a little annoyed, as we can’t move in this Saturday. This Saturday is the day the BF is moving his minimal furniture out (a sofa, a bed and mattress, a desk and a coffee table) of his rental. I have measured up my place, and we’ll just store everything temporarily for a week, until we get the keys.
I’m also itching to pack up my house, but first I need to get it rented out! I have engaged an agent. Did you know, they ask you on the rental agreement to disclose if there’s been a violent crime on the premises in the last five years. I never saw that clause anywhere when I bought – so you renters, you get all the dirt! In order to make this work, I’m getting my place photographed tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. Then the first showing should be this Saturday (hopefully early, so we won’t be waiting around to move the BF’s furniture in), and fingers crossed someone loves it! But I think it’s likely to be on the market/vacant for about three weeks.
I’ll be sure to share my own photos of the new place once we have moved in. I’m a little conscious of over-sharing on the internet, so I won’t link to the listing, just to stay safe. But you can have some of the sales photos:
Now to the scattery parts…
I found out a school friend had a heart attack and died. Such sad news at 28. She was married, and had twin sisters two years below her at school (which might seem like it might identify her, but my year in boarding school had MULTIPLE sisters in my year, with twins two years below – freaky huh?). She was married, and I feel so deeply for her husband, but so pleased she’d found someone to share her (much too short) life with. I spoke to a few girls from school last night, and then received a text from the boarding mistress (the Head of Boarding in modern terminology) this morning, so it’s nice to feel this community rally, even if it was 11 years ago since we all lived cheek and jowl. I’m yet to know what the arrangements are, and how they might fit with everything else at the moment.
And back to the house… I need to do a budget! Budgets aren’t something I don’t live by, instead I have a loose system that works, as I’ve explained here. I budget my savings, and my ‘weekly allowance’ and everything else is fluid – I can steal to get a greater weekly allowance, or I can bump up a savings account as it suits. But at the moment I’m having that moment of ‘ekk what have I done’ (not assisted by seeing the balance of my $26k by 22 Dec dip, as I track every week).
Lastly, I thought, me, the master list maker, would be immune to the stress of moving. Nope. I’m busy thinking ‘can’t I just pack up and move, and everything nicely sync up to one day’. Sadly, not to be! So I’m going to sit back and pack once my place is leased. At least until we get keys for the new house, and then boxed stuff can go straight there…
And at some stage, I’ve got to measure up for a fridge at the new place, as my existing one fits so snugly, I expect most renters will like my offer to leave it there.
Any tips to make this moving house business easier? Less stressful?
Remember, I share a post about things I’d like in my future home? Well, now that I’m looking for a rental, some of these might be ‘for real’ soon enough. Though I think the fireplace is highly unlikely in inner city Sydney apartments…
Here’s the list I drafted with the BF
sunshine: my dark loft is just too dark. Sunshine makes me happy
train station proximity: we both prefer trains to buses, and my work is on a train line
2 bed or 1 bed + study: the premise for moving from my place to our place is to gain some space (or a location I can escape the snoring!)
crazy: the bf’s way of saying x-factor or character. Something that makes the place better than ordinary
car space: the bf’s car is lovely, and street side parking has already resulted in some damage
grocery adjacent: given how good I’ve got it now, I know I’m unlikely to enjoy such an easy walk to all the shops!
secure: my current neighbourhood isn’t known for it’s safety! The bf wants to be sure we feel safe
storage: I’m used to a full height pantry AND a linen closet, and then a storage niche. I’d like to be sure I can relocate all these items easily into a new place
big kitchen: we currently trip over one another when cooking in his U shaped kitchen, so it’d be great to have something more open
cross breeze: the bf’s rental had a great summer cross breeze, that beats any fan. I don’t like the chances of finding the same again, but it’s something to be mindful of. And I would love a bathroom with a window, but realise they are uncommon in inner city apartments
air conditioning: I think that snuck onto the list when I wasn’t looking. Tut tut. And we’d talked about double fans (when we combine ‘stuff’)
easy to move in/out: yeah, no body loves moving, but this isn’t our ‘forever’ home. If it’s easy to move into, it’s easy to bring groceries home…
The bold options are the non negotiables and a starting point. The rest will act as a guide. But, guiding as they may be, places go FAST in Sydney, so we might need to up our ante. I started looking on Monday morning, and when I called Tuesday morning, the place had two offers and they wouldn’t consider more applications, or show it again. Talk about fast! They didn’t even list an inspection time online (which is usual). Anyhow, I did ring her, offer to drink with her (it was in context) and otherwise befriend her – cause there’s no harm in building rapport!
This was going to be the end of the post, but then we looked at two properties (one is pictured above). Both are in warehouse conversions, but in neighbouring suburbs. Both happened to be on the building’s top floor (3rd or 4th story, not super high) For my thought process, I’ll share these with you:
Daytime property viewing
lots of light, especially downstairs
good kitchen storage & gas cooktop!
a linen closet!
a block to the train (and opposite my close friend’s house)
both bathrooms have windows (light + ventilation)
exposed wooden beams upstairs in the bedrooms and bathroom
beautiful wooden stairs and entry
vacant – could move in anytime
air conditioner in the bedroom
cross breeze possible downstairs
within our discussed budget
midget sized wardrobes – due to
a bit of a walk to grocery store
no window coverings
no power, so couldn’t check light fittings (known to be bad in this building)
Evening property viewing
new kitchen with drawers
more wardrobes than I could imagine ever needing
new wooden floors in living areas
close walk to a shopping centre
lovely leafy neighbourhood (I’ve always said ‘I want to live here’)
just ‘a bit too far’ to the train station
may be dark (we’ll go back for a daytime viewing)
priced a little higher than we budgeted (but not above what we could afford)
no dryer provided (yet)
difficult to access washing machine taps (just a one time bother)
carspace less safe
small bedroom windows
So which way will we go? Or will we abandon both and look at some more? Either way, I’m sure to share photos of my new home in due course! Oh, and pick which one you think I prefer…
I’ll soon have one more person living in my place 😀
The BF’s lease is up in two short weeks (sort of caught him by surprise), so he plans to move to my place to buy us some time while we hunt for the ideal rental. We both think it’d be best to have ‘our’ place, rather than ‘my’ place, cause let’s face it, I know I can be a little particular! There’s so much to organise, in the next two weeks, and then looking forward from there, I thought I’d share my list with y’all
The next two weeks
Get spare cardboard boxes from work/fruit & vege shop for the BF to pack
Make space in my wardrobe for his clothing
List all BF’s bigger ‘stuff’ (furniture etc) with measurements
Make space in my house for his furniture (and a plan for what’ll be at mine in the short-term)
Speak to my parents about temporarily storing some of the BF’s furniture
Go to open for inspections – see the places, but review the leasing agents…
Make inquiries with agents about renting my place, and the likely rent
Make a budget – rent I’ll receive, bills for my house, bills for a new place, rent I can pay out, savings goals
Work out suitable rent/cost sharing between me and BF in the interim period Half of what my neighbours pay
Speak to my cousin about borrowing his trailer for move day 1 Find a car with a toe bar first!
Collect details on utilities etc for BF to cancel/change his address
Book cleaner to do ‘final clean’ at BF’s place (then I’ll likely want to stay there!) Saturday/move out day
Book in accountant (for tax) and discuss best $ options with house/loan etc
Bore readers with inventory posts 🙂
Share my new rental ‘wish list’ with readers, and my ‘what I (inadvertently) love about my current place’
If it plugs in, it’s on this list (whether I bore you with a photo, is another matter!) Oh and thieves, eat your heart out. The TV and the VCR/DVD player were freebies, so I’m not too fussed if you take those. My phones, well, they hardly work well, so I can’t imagine you getting a great price. Washing machine and fridge – try sneaking those out past my building manager. Basically, I am not too scared about ‘showing’ all these things off to the world wide web!
It’s really hard to share the cost of these items with you, and then work out the replacement cost. It’s just so detailed! My best estimates are:
What I spent: ~$3,000
What it’d cost to replace: ~$4,500 (man finding a comparable TV is hard, I don’t wanna UPgrade!)
Photos that are missing
Laptop (at the boyfriend’s, but it’s also a legacy of my mother’s former employer)
Other phone’s charger (cause really, you don’t need to see that!)
Oven & stove – not technically ‘mine’ but the place’s, so not costed
Fixed lights – which I did install, so I can cost, but it doesn’t seem right to include them here
And some ‘weirdness’ in the money amounts
If it was a gift, or ‘inherited’, I mark it as costing me $0, but full ticket in the replacement cost
Laptop not included in the totals as I’m not sure if I would replace it if it died. Which it might have. 🙁