Building a new house in Palo Alto

Building a new house in Palo Alto

Friday, May 3, 2013

Moving in!

I've been remiss in blogging lately because we've been going through the most painful part of the whole process...moving. It's been a crazy, sleep-deprived week but I'm happy to report that we've moved into our new house.

Our original plan was to be done in June but our contractor Jeff knocked our socks off by wrapping up a month ahead of schedule. This week we passed the City of Palo Alto's final inspection, despite being assigned one of the more, shall we say, "finicky" city inspectors. Much to our surprise he not only signed off on our house (after making us add vacuum breakers, even though we already have a backflow preventer) but he also called it a masterpiece. Yay! 

The next morning the floors were waxed and Jeff laid out blue booties and a "no shoes" sign on our front door marking the transition from a construction site to our very own brand spankin' new home. 

Enter without booties at your own risk.
We've spent the last few weeks packing up boxes and dumping/donating/craigslisting a shocking amount of clutter we've I've accumulated over the last couple of decades. I'm too exhausted to elaborate, so for now, I will simply say, if you need conscientious, affordable movers in a hurry, call Julio Reyes, (650)417-8058. Julio just launched his own business after spending years working for a professional moving company. I never would have risked messing up our precious, precious new house on an unknown, unreviewed mover but our contractor Jeff referred Julio to us and Jeff's referrals are always so money (as in, they always save us money without compromising quality).

Moving the world's heaviest couch...while wearing blue booties.
We rented a 16-foot container from PODS for our box-able items and had Julio and crew move all of our big heavy stuff in a 24-foot truck. In retrospect, (as I'm about to pass out while writing this) I would've hired Julio's team to do everything because they are so amazingly efficient and careful. It took the three guys only about five hours to pack, move and unload all the big stuff and probably wouldn't have cost much more than the price of the Pod to have had them do the rest. They even put felt pads on the bottom of all of our furniture to protect our new floors...a detail I would've forgotten until it was too late.

Julio Reyes: (650)417-8058 or movingservices90@gmail.com
Julio also does small jobs. Today we called him back to haul a garage worth of overflowing boxes, bags and loose items to Goodwill. The guy has magic packing powers because he managed to load everything up in a single pickup truck. We paid him $150 for this which was money well spent since it would've taken me about 10 trips in my SUV.

We rushed through this move so that we can sell our Mountain View house in May before buyers leave for summer vacation. We're polishing up the house and it'll be on the market next week.  Here's a before and after picture of the new paint job (which I like much much more):

Before with Kay's non-matchy color choices.

After professional intervention.
So pretty! This is why I need to have our awesome real estate agent approve all house design decisions. I can't wait to see how she and the stager dress up the interior...coming soon!

11 comments:

  1. Kay, no offense but I LIKE your non-matchy colors!

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    1. Ha, Thomas said the same thing! If the buyers prefer my Hansel and Gretel colors, I'll paint it back for them. : )

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  2. Congrats, Kay!! So exciting, I'm amazed you are doing it all at the same time... don't forget to get some rest considering other "construction" projects underway!

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  3. Awesome, congrats, Kay! Must be so nice to finally relax and enjoy your new home!

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  4. Congrats on finishing! You are teasing us with glimpses of the completed house but only a couple pictures - when will we see the rest? :)

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    1. Hi Gemmy, the funny thing is that while passing your final inspection is a major milestone, it doesn't mean you're finished! We still have a long punch list of little things that we're checking off day by day. And I'm still working on unpacking and decorating. So hang in there, more photos are coming! And an announcement about HomeCrunch's future will be made in June...stay tuned!

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  5. thanks for sharing the big process - it's been informative and fun to follow along. really appreciate your learnings & resource sharing too: will likely give jeff + designer a jingle when we tackle our own mv remodel (we're just down the street from the old place).

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  6. Dear Unknown, thanks for your comment, I'm glad that you're enjoying the blog. Remodeling is a lot of fun, I hope you were able to swing by our MV open house for ideas. And of course, I highly recommend both Jeff and Jeanine!

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  7. Thanks, Elaine and Eunice, I'm definitely starting to relax and chill more. Still lots to do but definitely enjoying the new house!

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  8. Hi Kay, congratulations on your MV home sale! We happened to go for the open house, an loved what you did with it. I have a quick question on the wood flooring you'll used. Would you mind sharing the info?

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    1. Hi TD, when we remodeled our MV house we just matched the original existing hardwood floors which were 2" x 5/16 red oak.

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