Now, the first step of making our new home ours is done… paperwork is signed, they moved most of their crap out, got the keys – changed the locks, etc…
So here we go. Its time to get the real work started. Hubby did the first step with changing the locks on the house. Which ended up being a lot more work then before because the doors are older. In great shape but older. And he checked out the hardwood floors under the carpet in the house. I guess someone decided to not clean them before putting the carpet down. If we are lucky and we can just clean them our lives will be MUCH easier but of course, that may not happen.
Today we start the real work. I am waiting for the Little One (LO from here on out) to wake up so I can feed him and then head to the stores to buy what I need to start cleaning and some basics.
Here is our breakdown for now on the work we have to do
- start cleaning – house has been on the market for a few months and its time to get the dust moved
- tape first rooms to be painted – the very first is LO’s room and then the rest of the house
- purchase paint supplies, paint
- pull up carpet and clean wood – if need be… resurface them (please pray we won’t have to)
- pull up floors in kitchen
- take counter tops off of kitchen counters
- carpet the top step of the stairs to basement
- remove back splash tiles – bathroom white tile back splash and floor sticky tiles
- remove tiles on walls in bathroom
- remove old bathroom cabinet/sink
- caulking everywhere
- redo cabinets in kitchen – sand paint
- possibly redo textured walls in kitchen
- build shelving for LO’s closet and office closet
- install cabinets in laundry room after painting and installing vinyl flooring
- refloor basement bathroom
And that is the beginning… there is so much more, luckily a lot can be done after we move in but there is a lot that needs to be done before we can move in at all. Including a trip to New Mexico to pick up some furniture and some of my old things that are in Parental Storage at the moment. Now, time to get the LO’s stuff ready for when he wakes up we can have a quick feeding and then get out the door.
But while he slept, I spent the afternoon learning how to take tile off of the walls without (hopefully) destroying the drywall so we won’t have to take the cabinets out and the reinstall them. I am glad we will be able to do this because it will save us a lot of time and money. Both of which are tight for this work. We have until the beginning of December to move in so we want to make sure certain things get done before we move in with the LO… he doesn’t need to be living in a mess. So, the kitchen (probably minus the counter top), bathroom, floors and his room are the most important. Having the highest priority we are going to be pushing to get them done soon. One of the benefits of having a month to do this, is also the move which will allow us to slowly move things over. Luckily, because we knew would be moving withing 8 months of coming to Colorado we did not unpack a lot of stuff.
Wish us luck! We will need it!!!