We’ve moved, and as of today have more than basic, slow as a snail, dial-up internet! So I’m back!
The move….. yes, well…. here’s a quick run-down of the highlights of the last two weeks;
Tue 1 Jan, back home after holidays at the in-laws. Trying to clean Dian’s room, and her comment when told the removalists are coming tomorrow? “Nobody told me!” Argh!!!! Also I managed to flood the laundry, including everything inside the laundry cupboards! It was then the cleanest room in the house.
Wed 2 Jan, Removalists come in and pack up the house into boxes. Discovered my car is leaking petrol. Luckily Eddie found the leak, a loose clamp, and was able to fix it.
Thurs 3 Jan, everything went on the truck. Real Estate Agent rings in the morning to say that our final inspection, which I had booked a month ago for 3.00pm friday 4th Jan, was being rescheduled to the next monday because the Landlord wanted to have it then. I almost had a meltdown, it wasn’t even his appointment! Got nowhere, so now we have to leave the house and have the final inspection (with an extremely grumpy, picky landlord) without being present. Then the Real Estate agents says “Oh, you’re still in the house? I’ve got people coming through this afternoon to look at it!” Well, we’re moving, they can come and look but it’s messy!
Fri 4 Jan, Cleaned the house. Had in interim/unofficial inspection. Took photo’s of all the venetian blinds as the landlord had blamed us for bending the ends a few weeks earlier. Took the guinea pigs to the hotel with us for the night and sneaked them in to the room.
Sat 5 Jan, picked the cat up from the cattery at 7.30am. Drove to Canberra in convoy with Eddie. Stinking hot day. About an hour out of Canberra I rang the Cattery there to confirm when we would be there to drop Suzy off. Got their answering service! Major panic as I didn’t have their address, and if they weren’t there I had a cat and nowhere for her to go! Rang my friend who was going to look after the guinea pigs and went to drop them off first. The cattery rang back, everything ok, so was able to leave the cat there. Went and picked up Eddie from the other side of Canberra, drove all the way back and went to a hotel for the night.
Sun 6 Jan, drove 3 1/2 hours up to my mums.
Tues 8 Jan, received a phone call from the Real Estate Agent, the Landlord wants us to replace all the blinds because ten slats are bent slightly at the ends. She told him that was unreasonable, but he could ask us to pay for the damaged slats. I said I thought that was unreasonable, it should be considered fair wear and tear, and since the blind cords were damaged when we moved in no-one could say that they were in perfect condition. Back to negotiate…
Thurs 10 Jan, drove back to Canberra and picked up the keys to the house. It seems to be the only house in this suburb that doesn’t have air-conditioning or a dishwasher! Yikes!!!!
Fri 11 Jan, the removal truck turned up and 7.30am, unloaded everything and was gone by 9.45am!!!!! So far the damages are: a hole through the back of my china cabinet, broken crystal vase (all the cheap glass vases are ok, why did it have to be one of my crystal ones???) the top of the microwave is seriously dented, marks and scratches on most wooden and metal furniture, and our bed’s footpiece broken. It’s solid wood, how the heck did they manage that??????
Had my first decent nights sleep in over two weeks, which means that I managed to get more than five hours!
Mon 14 Jan, discovered that in this very high rent, McMansion, upmarket suburb only ten minutes from the nations capital, you can’t get adsl broadband. I actually cried, it was the last straw!!!!!! Found out a cheap wireless deal from the neighbour who is also very unimpressed! The Real Estate Agent rang to say that the landlord wasn’t happy, would we consider offering some compensation for the blinds? I said no, it was fair wear and tear, and if he wished he could take it to the Tenancy Tribunal. I’m expecting to hear from them soon.
Wed 16 Jan, Dian’s grandmother who we haven’t seen for over a year drove over three hours to take her out for the day! What a champion woman!!!!! She and Dian had a great day and then she drove the more than three hours back home!
Thurs 17 Jan, (today) Dian’s 10th birthday. I took her out shopping, had a great time. Had a car accident. I was coming up to a give way sign, and a car cut the corner in front of me. I was still moving and we connected. My front bumper and number plate are cactus, his driver side rear door and wheel hub are dented. Far out!!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently I swore when we hit, although I don’t remember it! Picked up our wireless modems, yay!
We’re still surrounded by boxes, I have a client next monday or tuesday and I can’t find my files that tell me what day or time. I have a horrible feeling that I have double booked him with Dian’s birthday party on monday…