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 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.
|Before with Kay's non-matchy color choices.|
|After professional intervention.|