Fall update – lots of news

Shockingly, I don’t have photos on our progress, not because there hasn’t been any, but because we’ve been so incredibly busy.

As many of you know, we suffered some damage from hurricane Harvey last month. Our roofer has been remiss in coming to fix leaks that we told him about in June. So of course we had leaks during the hurricane. Also, one of those leaks trickled all the way down to one of our tenant’s offices, ruining the window trim and framing. We’ll have to replace that, but as of this posting, I’m STILL waiting to get our roof repairs finished!

Our biggest, most time-consuming construction job has been masonry. It’s just a slow and tedious process, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We also got lintels to support our apartment’s front door, so there’s really only a bit of brick-laying left to do.

Another huge issue is fire suppression – both literally and figuratively. I’ve been doing the run around between getting estimates from contractors and the city fire marshal and our architect, and it is hard getting a clear answer on what is required for our structure. Needless to say, we’ve gotten wildly varying quotes from $25,000 to $70,000. Tomorrow the city fire marshal, our architect, and I will be having a meeting to try to iron all of this out. Keep your fingers crossed for us. Of course we want our building to be safe, but not with unnecessary extra added lines and cost.

Last, but definitely not least, we are moving! Not to the lofts, obviously, but we will be leaving our large rental townhouse next to downtown.  When we first moved here, we thought we’d only be renting for a year or two. We have the sweetest landlords now, but it comes down to finances. Instead of continuing to chuck rent money into a property that isn’t ours, Heath ran the numbers, and found that if we could get the right house for the right price, we’d not only cut our monthly payment for residence significantly, we’d be getting something for it: equity and future investment.

So, just on a whim, really, we searched for houses that were for sale in town with enough bedrooms, and at a price that would allow us to cut costs. There was really only one that fit the bill, and last week we signed on it! Homeowners again! Yay! As you might have guessed, we got the house for a low price because it is a fixer-upper. Luckily the items that we need to update can be taken care of in a much faster amount of time than at the loft. We aim to do about 2/3rds of our list before we move in, and then pick away at the rest month-by-month. Which puts our moving date somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

It’s a cute house with loads of personality that just needs some love. The kids are already head-over-heels for it, and the hardest part so far has been prioritizing the renovations. Luckily, we’ve got loads of renovation experience under our belts right now, so we’re up to the task, and excited for the change.

After we are settled in, work will resume on the loft. My hope is that by the time we are ready to get back to the loft, we’ll have selected our fire suppression contractor, and they will have completed the installation. Hopefully. :/


Long List of Goodbyes

So the goodbyes to our friends, places, and things of our home here in Conroe have begun.

Friday was our middle child’s last day of preschool, and I couldn’t help but shed a few tears, knowing that she would not return next year, nor would our youngest attend.

Last night I hosted a small gathering of the ladies on my block for a casual game night. One last chance to gab with them all together, and it was fantastic. We see our neighbors practically every day at the bus stop, or driving past each other on our street. I’ll be very sad not to see them on a daily basis.

Tomorrow we’re having a large gathering at our house. It will give all of us – my husband, kids, and I – the chance to say farewell to all of our friends here in the Conroe/Houston area. And right before we move, I’m having one last hurrah with my mom’s group. I’ve got friends in so many different places, I felt it was important to take time to say goodbye to them all.

In the meantime, the packing and garage sale prep will continue like mad until our moving date on June 5th – little time to see folks after this weekend. It’s hard to build bonds like these with our friends and neighbors, especially the older we get, but I am sure we will again in Brenham.

Countdown to Moving Day

We have a new countdown in the sidebar: countdown to our (tentative) moving day from Conroe to Brenham. Let the panic begin! Every time I pack a box, I think I’m making progress… until I look around and see how much more we have to pack! Rest assured, mountains of stuff is getting sold and donated, but even still, there’s lots to pack with a house of five humans and a dog.

Our closing date is June 8th, so we’ll need to be out before that day so we can have our Conroe house cleaned up and ready to go when we hand over the keys to the new owners. I hope that gives us enough time. Now accepting offers of assistance for moving and cleaning!

Countdown to departure

Had my first rather sad reminder that we are leaving today. My local mom and tot group has started to post June events, and of course I won’t be able to attend most of them. I’ve not yet connected with a mom’s group in Brenham. Hopefully will find one soon. I’ve been really blessed with my current group – they are a wonderfully supportive group of ladies, and I’ll miss them all dearly.