Saturday, October 24, 2009

Starting Fresh

Good news! After months of agony, we finally got the keys to our new home in CT. Unfortunately, the former owners did not keep the place in good shape, so it needs some serious TLC in the kitchen and bathroom. My sister, a relatively new home owner herself, gave me a few words of wisdom in attacking the renovation:
  • Get 3 to 5 estimates from contractors
  • Lock down one and begin work immediately
  • Get appliance and materials in
  • Choice of handing the old keys to contractor or you let them in to do work
  • Keep an airbed and some basics should you need to stay over
  • Be there frequent enough that any changes/mistakes can be caught before too late. Don't count on your husband to do this.
  • Supervise contractors’ work and wait for deliveries
  • Make sure you have broadband or you’ll be bored
  • When all are done, since neither you nor your husband are handy, have the contractor change locks last then move your stuff in
Thanks sis!

I must say that me having to be the project manager is by far my least favorite because it is similar to the wedding planning not long ago...all because I'm the one with all the ideas and time. Sigh.

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