MOVING IS SO FUN! – said no one ever. This part of Texas is a seller’s market right now, so some home sellers are stretching the bounds of common decency because they can get away with it. We looked at a half-million dollar home that had only been on the market for a few days and it was FILTHY with dirty laundry all over the laundry room floor and bras hanging to dry. We passed on that house with those red flags from the start.
Buying this house was a crazy ordeal from start to finish. I’ll spare the gory details, but we almost walked away several times. The only thing that kept me coming back was that this was the house I liked most.
Honestly, I was going to go over this house and paint, change some light fixtures, and make it my own anyway, so it really isn’t the end of the world. It’s just that I have to live with some un-fun things while I slowly make my way around this house working on it. Actually, maybe I should be grateful for it, because these things will help me convince my husband that more budget should go for updates. Silver Linings!
I honestly feel a little guilty about writing this, because aren’t there more inspiring things I could write about? But I decided that writing this out would be cathartic, and maybe if you’ve been in this situation before, we can laugh about it together …
The Funny Surprises I Found In My New House
I picked out some of my “favorite” surprises to share with you. Honestly, some of them would start to seem repetitive if I went down the entire list. I mean, how many holes in my wall do you want to see?(I’d like to see zero, but that’s not possible! Ha!) And I’m going to skip things that just require touch-up paint or deep-cleaning .
**And when I say surprises, I mean surprises! I’m not talking about normal wear and tear, or even the things we noticed when we looked at the house and then decided to buy it anyway. That stuff is all fair in my opinion, because we knew about it and factored it in to our decision. I’m talking about the damage that was done to the house between looking at it and moving in, and the damage to the house that was cleverly hid during house-hunting and even the inspection!**
1. Holes Behind the TV
When we got the keys to the house and I came in to check the state of things, I did a double-take on this wall. Wait, are those a whole bunch of INTENTIONAL holes in the wall next to the fireplace. Yes, yes those are holes. Instead of hiding the tv cords in a less intrusive way, they made holes for the cords to work through. We’d have to have the same size tv and place it in the exact same spot (which is now much harder since they took down the tv mount, which was supposed to stay per contract … leaving even more holes).
Moral of the story: there are better ways to hide cords. Figure that out instead of disfiguring your house!
2. Art Held Up by Permanent Foam Tape
Things that are secured permanently to the house are supposed to stay with the house, that is just real estate 101. But I guess there is a gray area when things that aren’t meant to be permanent ARE PERMANENTLY ATTACHED! I can’t say I would have wanted whatever was on the wall here, but I certainly didn’t expect the permanent damage to the wall when they pulled it off and took it with them.
It took me THREE HOURS OF METICULOUSLY SLOW cleaning to get these off the wall. Parts of the wall are permanently damaged with a large chunk of dry wall missing.
Moral of the story: there are better ways to hang things in a semi-permanent way to drywall! There are places that permanent foam tape works and removes alright, but not on drywall.
3. Clumsy Movers??
I can assure you that this large hole in the ceiling was not there before. It looks oddly similar to the end of a bed-frame, so my best guess is someone was carrying their bed-frames out holding them vertically instead of horizontally. Re-doing the laundry room was not high on my list, so I’m going to stare at that hole for a while. Yay!! If you stare at it long enough, it almost looks like abstract art. Is that in the shape of the Colosseum??
Moral of the story: if movers or you damage things while moving out of the house, you are responsible for that repair. We’re talking common decency here!
4. I hope they are loving that Closet Rod
Matt and I joke about this missing rod. There was this incident where the previous owner tried to take all the curtain rods (that were in the contract to stay) and we happened to have a walk-through of the house when some were half-off walls. More alarming than missing curtain rods was that they may take the security equipment that my husband was really looking forward to. We compromised with them, through Realtor communications, that they could take all the curtain rods that were off/half-off, if they would please remember to leave the security equipment.
So, a missing curtain rod in our closet seems fitting. We hope that rod is getting put to good use! (And if it isn’t obvious, we realize the closet rod probably broke, but it is a lot more fun to just group it in with all the other rods.)
Moral of the story: when you are selling your house, check with your Realtor before taking down your curtain rods. Oh, and if something breaks like this closet rod, fix it.
5. At Least the Lights Still Work
THREE light fixtures in the house are similarly broken. And if you’re curious, I haven’t replaced any of them yet. Water Lalapalooza has taken all of our repair focus for the moment, but I’ll be working on those before too long. I can only look at a broken fixture so many times.
Moral of the story: If you break anything like this, just fix it. Don’t leave the repair for someone else.
Alright, I think I’ve got complaining out of my system now. Honestly, at this point I’ve learned to laugh about all this. One of my favorite movies of all time is Pure Luck. I’ve had a lot of Pure Luck moments this year. I quote it more than any other movie. Whatever keeps us sane and doesn’t damage the brain, right?! Ha!
And I know it could be so much worse!! I know there are horror stories out there of unexpected things. I am just saying my prayers of gratitude that it wasn’t worse!!!