Wednesday, August 01, 2007

All my bags are packed

Well, maybe not all of them. Maybe not all my clothes, the kitchen things, last-minute books, or my WIPs! But we're really doing quite well on packing and a Sunday pull-out.

Boxes and a spooked cat!

We're having a couple of those "crises" which precede a move. The main one was our sudden realization that, though we're driving our own truck, we still need folks to help us load and unload! While we had a few helpers for the loading, we don't know anyone in our new town to ask to help unload. So, we hired some professional schleppers. This will be wonderful, as Coffeeboy, his parents, brother, and myself probably reasonably couldn't have moved all our stuff. Following the same logic, we realized that the same five people, plus a few odd grad students (all over-libraried and not so hot on the weight-lifting department like yours truly), wouldn't do much better at the starting end. So we've hired professional schleppers for here, too.

The biggest confusion, though, is whether or not our new place is on a floodplain. For the last, oh, few weeks or so, we'd been told that it isn't. Now, the bank says that FEMA says it is, and we need flood insurance. Because our new town is small, the paralegal there has helped close all the condos in our new little development, and flooding hasn't ever been an issue. Until now. Suffice to say, we're hastily working on lining up flood insurance or getting the whole flood plain question sorted out. But really... couldn't this have happened sooner than 5 days before closing?

At least packing is going well, and the cats are only a little spooked:

Half-empty closet
See all the empty hangers?

We go off-line on Friday, so if you dont hear from me until well into next week, that's why! I can already feel the strangeness of being disconnected from the Great Big Interwebby Thing!


Julia said...

Ahhh, professional schleppers. GOOD decision! I wouldn't move without them. Hope it all goes smoothly!

Sheepish Annie said...

Sounds like you have everything pretty much under control! Glad that you caught the issues around flooding before you got caught in a real mess. It will all go smoothly for you and you'll be settled in before you know it. Good luck!

Jenny said...

I'm glad you've opted for schleppers--after all Coffeeboy is over thirty and you are nearly there and it's time for bad backs...just kidding.
It's really sad to see the pictures of the boxes--boo hoo.
And the flood plain...your agent is supposed to tell you these things before you agree on a price.

PHD Knitter said...

Good decision on the movers. We moved ourselves into our most recent place and we will not be doing that again - EVER! Good luck and I hope everything works out with the whole floodplain question.

Zarzuela said...

Wow! Sounds like a good idea for hiring professionals to help. You've got enough to deal with at the moment.

I'm so sad to see you go, but I do wish you and Coffeeboy the best of luck with the move and your new life down south. And remember, as long as I'm still there, if you never need a place to crash near Princeton, just let me know. :) Big hugs to you!


cathy said...

Welcome to adulthood-professional schleppers! Someday I want to be adult enough to hire someone else to move me.
Good luck with everything :)

Danielle said...

Already? That went fast!

As for professionals, yeah, I crossed that Rubicon a few years ago when I just couldn't bear to ask my friends anymore. My family does help me with the wieldy stuff, though (is that a word?).

The_Add_Knitter said...

Nothing like buying a house and moving to make you feel INSANE!

schrodinger said...

I think hiring professional schleppers is the only way to go - we did without when we moved, it was horrendous, never, EVER again.

Glad to see you had a good trip!

keri said...

Good luck, good luck! Can't wait to see pics of the new place! =)