Before I really get into our moving experience and the wonderful new house, I thought a letter might be appropriate. (And for those checking back, you may want to re-read it. I added a few paragraphs.)
Dear Former Homeowners,
We love the house. We really do. And we’re so grateful that you finally left. I mean, we gave you 45 days and you knew when you listed it that it might actually sell. I’m just happy that you finally realized it the night before we had to close. Because, really, who doesn’t love doing a walk-through at 9 p.m.?
We appreciate the one house key you left us. We’re still not sure if we’re missing a key to any locks – as there are lots of doors – so there might have to be a few lock changes. And, really, it’s been interesting sharing one key with the husband. I think it’s brought us closer together. I think we may look into contacting someone like a locksmith in Birmingham AL to get a new set of keys made.
The fake parrot and painted seashells you left hanging in the bedroom are a nice touch. I feel like I’m in paradise.
We really do appreciate the freezer you left. Really. And I don’t mean that in a sarcastic way. We really, really love it. It’s already been put to use.
This morning, my husband found a surprise, while I was finally using the one clean bathroom for a bath. We LOVE the leaky pipes and the blocked drains! We especially love that we can’t reach the pipe without a professional plumber, and seeing how we’re editors and teachers (and not plumbers), it looks like we’ll be using that home warranty on Monday and call a plumber who offers a drain service as well as fixing leaking pipes, enabling us to kill 2 birds with 1 stone, or should I say parrots in this case. It wasn’t a hard process looking for a plumber, as all we did was a quick search into something like emergency plumbing vancouver and then we were sorted. I don’t even want to think about what it would have been like if we had just left our drains to stay blocked. That wouldn’t even have been an option.
The walking cane also got a lot of use as we moved in. Several friends tried it out, and my dad can’t wait to get here and give it a spin.
The flags left around the house? Nice touch. We feel very patriotic, and I’ll be sure to hang one up on each and every patriotic holiday. My family is very patriotic like that, and I personally love that you’ve given me a head start on the flag raising.
My favorite gift? The Barry Manilow poster hanging in what we’re affectionately calling the “shag room” for all of the carpeting (which I steam-cleaned twice.) Really. The poster is going to remain hanging on the back of the door. I don’t even know how I missed it on our four visits to the house prior to moving in. It’s already created a lot of conversation among our friends. I think they might even be jealous!
So, thank you. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and as the roofers are here on Monday to replace the entire roof, I may as well call a plumber friend. I am grateful that I am making so many friends this way!
Two very new and very exhausted homeowners.
Editor’s note: As soon as I get my computer to the desk and I’m no longer sitting in the floor, photos will be posted. It was an interesting day and we have a lot of awesome friends who helped with the whole process!!