Post # 1
I am a tad bit frustrated ATM and need some outside perspective from bees that have gone through buying a new home before. We are closing this week (YAY!) on our first home and it does need some minor work. We already have a contractor friend who is going to fix some bigger things. We will be getting HVAC out to look at the HVAC system.
We also need:
- the upstairs carpet stretched,
- new flooring in one bathroom (because we have to fix the subflooring under the toilet),
- the kitchen/laundry/1/2 bath need new tile (They are all kinda connected and will all have the same floor)
- fixing a couple tiles in a shower,
- updating some faucets,
- cutting down some small trees against the house to prevent foundation damage
- fixing the gate to the backyard (It just needs 2 new posts)
Really, it is all small stuff, for the most part.
My problem is, I don’t see this taking much more than maybe a week or two. And then we should be able to physically move in. I work nights Thurs-Sat and every other Wed, which means I sleep during the days Thurs (or Wed.)-Sun. Which means I will be orking by myself Monday and Tuesday to fix this stuff up and Mr. Hedgie will be my himself Saturday and until about noon on Sunday. Mr. Hedgie says he doesn’t see us moving in for about a month after we close… I am at a standstill with packing because I don’t see the point in doing it now if it ont be another month or so before we need to be packed! And I don’t want to pack things we will end up wanting or needing during the time period.
My question is, how long once you signed did it take you to be able to start actually moving boxes and furniture? Did you have anything you had to fix up before you moved in or was it move-in ready?
Post # 3
Well ours was kind of a different situation because we got the keys on the day before Christmas Eve and we were leaving that night to go out of town. Lovely timing.
We got back the day after Xmas and immediatly started cleaning and painting. We worked on painting all the rooms and doing some updates over the next 2 weeks I’d say and then finally moved in.
It’s so annoying when you just want to get in there and start living there I know!
Post # 4
I bought a foreclosed condo and moved in a little over a month after closing. It needed A LOT of work, we practically gutted each bathroom and kitchen, as well as replaced all of the flooring downstairs (it was flagstone, wierd I know lol) with hardwood, painted, put in crown molding and base boards, replaced the doors, etc. I didn’t want to move in before we did the renovations just because I’ve lived in a work-in-progress before and absolutely hated it. It was worth it to me since I didn’t have to pay the first mortgage payment until a month after closing anyway.
Post # 5
I was living at home and my husband was in an apartment. We moved in less than 12 hours after closing, the very next morning cause it was the last weekend of the month and he had subleted his apartment to get out of the lease early. The house didnt really need much right away, but I wanted to paint.. which wasnt a problem since he wasa going from a 800 sq ft space and all his stuff fit in the dining room of the new house so we just slowly spread out as we were ready.
Post # 6
Closed at 9 am that morning, started moving in at 11am.LOL It was move in ready.
Post # 7
Our house was move-in ready so we had the uhaul ready to go after we signed the paperwork lol.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We moved in 8 days after closing. In those 8 days we had all of the lockes changed, had the house professionally cleaned, and had the septic tank pumped. Our house needs a lot of updating, but nothing really had to be done in order to live there. Honestly nothing on your list actually strikes me as something that prevents you from moving in. From the way you have phrased it, these are “wants”, not “needs”.
Post # 9
Truck was loaded and went with us to settlement. Ours was older and needed a ton of updating too, but we had no problem sleeping on mattresses on the floor for the first night and working around it all.
Post # 10
a week later (but that was because we still had a week left in our apartment. So we used that week to paint. We did bring some loads up that day. and throughout the week but didnt move move til the next weekend.
Post # 11
We got the keys last wednesday and started bringing our things over little by little that night. We brought stuff over every day and slept there on friday night. our frniture was delivered on saturday morning and cable was also installed.
Post # 12
We closed and then let the previous owners stay an extra two weeks until their new house was ready. I picked up the keys from them the night before they moved out, but FI was out of town for work. As hard as it was, I didn’t go in the the house for another 4 days until he was back in town. We went over together for the first time as “our home” the morning after he came home at like 6am…in our PJ’s…lol.
We only had to paint a couple of rooms, no other renovations needed. We spent the week painting and moving our things in. I’d say we moved in within a week of getting the keys.
Post # 13
Within about an hour.
Honestly – with what you descirbed, I’d start moving in before you get those things done. It doesn’t sound like you are doing any kind of major renovation. But that’s just me.
Post # 14
We moved same day, but it was move in ready.
Post # 15
We spent about a month moving. I cleaned every surface in the kitchen and bathrooms, scrubbed every cabinet and took the fridge apart and cleaned all of it. We also got all the carpets shampooed. Every day after work I would move a boxes in to the closets (off the carpeting, so it could be washed) and then spend a few hours cleaning. I put down new contact paper in the kitchen drawers and repalced the lot bulbs, etc.
In your case, can you pack up stuff you don’t use (excess pillows, christmas stuff, etc) just leave enough dishes, kitchen stuff, etc for the next 6 weeks or so.
Post # 16
we have to replace the subfloor in the living room and kitchen before moving in, and the front door and one window, plus replace all of the plumbing. not too bad, for a $500 mobile home.