Thursday Thirteen:Number 2

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Thirteen Things to do before Moving to our New Home

I can’t believe it’s just 16 days before we move to our new home . My head reels of a thousand and one things to do. In fact, I carry a paper planner with me all the time. I take note of all my daily activities to keep me on track. In honor of [tag]Thursday Thirteen[/tag], allow me to list the top 13:

1. Order appliances like the refrigerator, gas stove, washing machine, water heaters and airconditioner. Why new ones? Well, our appliances are over 10 year old and almost dying. In fact, the airconditioner in our room conked out. Butch and I sleep in either L and M’s room if it’s vacant. If not, we sleep in the spare room just so we can enjoy the cool comfort of an airconditioned room.

2. Buy new beds for L and M. The girls want a new look in their respective rooms. “mom, our rooms are a 10 year old look”, they protest. I gave them the freedom to take ownership of their room design.

3. Prepare internet connection. I will have to cancel my internet service provider, Destiny Cable effective end of March. I’m sad to say goodbye to my trusty 8 year old provider. In 1999, they were the only cable or broadband provider and they have been really efficient and reliable. Unfortunately, Destiny Cable Internet is not yet covered in Pasig.

Since I need redundant internet connection, I will continue Smart Bro subscription since connection has been quite good the past few months. In place of Destiny Cable, I am choosing between PLDT and Globe Broadband. Any ideas?

Globe Broadband has this new promo that comes with free landline use and an internet connection for only 999 pesos a month. PLDT came out with the same promo at 888 pesos (?).

I might get Globe Visibility too.

4. Prepare for another garage sale on March 3. I think I have disposed about 1/4 of our junk but there are a few left. My husband surprised me by discarding his old clothes (oh joy!) and some of his books. Still, I am not satisfied. He needs to remove a lot of his stuff.

5. Finalize the design of custom made cabinets and tables. Thanks to Connie, I found Marlon, a talented carpenter totally dedicated to his craft. Right now, he is painting the work station I designed for my sooo disorganized husband. Other customized furniture in queue: bay window table for M, writing table for me and L. The problem is Marlon might need to leave for Australia anytime.

6. Finalize all documents for the sale. Our loan was just released last week so registration of title , and other papers need to be in place.

7. Decide on the moving company. I thought that it wasn’t worth it to stress myself out with the packing and moving. Using the yellow pages, I called 3 movers to give me an estimate for the packing/moving/unpacking job.

8. Finish the paint job. The outside facade is already bright and new but the interiors need a fresh coat of paint.

9. Sand the second floor narra wood parquet floors. It costs at least 18 pesos per square foot for the sanding and polyurethane coating. It should be worth it.

10. Reupholster the couch for the living room and the other couch in our room.

11. Hire an extra domestic helper during the move. I am such a “senorita”. Enough said.

12. Inform banks, creditors and others of our change of address.

13. Finalize documents of the sale. Ah paper work!

I know that I might not accomplish all of the above but at least attain it partially. it’s just a list.

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  • looks like some1 is very busy! moving is a lot of work but still fun & exciting…new place, new ambiance, new scenery! I can’t wait to move too!hehehe!

  • Good luck to you!!

  • Good luck to the move! 🙂

  • Lot of work but fun, too, isn’t it? Exiting times for you and the whole family. 🙂

  • Oh, my goonies, I meant *exciting*.

    Sabagay, pwede rin ngang “exiting” LOL

  • @Jenny- very busy. Very overwhelmed

    @Carrie- thanks

    @Connie- I look at it as fun . That’s why I don’t create unecessary stress.

    hehe, EXCITING times indeed . I will exit in grace.

  • New beginning are exciting. Hope all goes smoothly. Have a blessed Thursday!

  • pistachio

    Wow, that’s a lot to do in 2 weeks! I would finish the painting of the interiors and the floor sanding/coating first before anything else, so that the smell goes away by the time you move in. 🙂 And also pala have your new airconditioners installed na, para when they add the wooden frames around it, kasali na sa painting.

    Good luck! I’m also in the process of moving between houses, so I am eagerly following your tips and noting them down for future use! 🙂

  • good luck! and as much as possible, keep an eye on things being packed and/or moved by the moving company, sometimes someone is also packing something for himself. medyo may pagka-OC pero it helps kung me mga assigned number/s at least yung boxes. 🙂

  • @lady G- The kids are very excited

    @pistachio- definitely we cannot move in if the floors are not sanded and the smell of paint is still around.

    @zherwin- I have a system already. In fact the boxes I packed so far are color coded on where the boxes should be placed when we move in. Green for boxes for ground floor and pink for the second floor. An extra ORANGE tag for breakable items. Each is labelled on what the contents are. Finally, I have a log book that stores this information.

  • The to’do’s seem mind-boggling but you can do it. Good luck with the move, Noemi:)

  • Noemi, good luck with the move! I moved twice so I know how it feels.

  • Hi Noemi! My family has moved 4 times (I beat Belle, hehe), and with each one, we added at least one more day to the moving process, LOL. The last one was the most difficult, needless to say. It took us about two weeks to completely move all our stuff. And then the mundane task of unpacking came….huhuhu.
    As for the appliances: one by one they are dying out on us! First one to give up was the washing machine; next the ref. Now, the TV’s power button is going a bit crazy. Hay, after 10 year or more, appliances really do beg for retirement! 😀

  • Wow moving time is almost upon you. Stay cool .. eh may professional mover ka naman pala. That will make things a lot easier. Basta .. that means you’re moving up .. and incidentally nearer to me. Haha … i bet it’s in one of the upscale subdivisions in Pasig. Good luck Noems whatever you do.

  • Toe

    We’ve been moving every year since we arrived in Cambodia so I know how it feels. But garage sales are fun and living in a totally new place is just heavenly. Good luck and have fun Noemi!

  • @Ajay- Thanks. I just need to be organized and keep writing notes.

    @belle- this will be my second move

    @chateau- i want to move in one day! Not 2 weeks.

    @annamanila- humble beginnings 🙂 simple but happy neighborhood, would you believe?

    @toe- exciting new countries for you. That’s even more fun

  • Tita Noemi, for some reason I felt hungry and a bit tired after going through the list. I think I need a break now. hehe

    I hope everything works out for your big move.

    My family has lived at Shell’s Tabangao Refinery for the past 12 years. We’ve neglected our “real” house and it has since been taken over by termites and cruddy furniture. And now, by dad’s retiring from Shell by the end of next month!!! 🙁 Aside from all the moving, it just pains me to leave the place I called home for so long.

    It comes extra painful because I’ve seen a lot of my long-time friends leave the place, and now comes my turn.

  • @ Benj- aww, why hungry? yes it’s quite daunting to face a move to a new place . Termites? now that’s a bummer. You might have to do major renovation. One thing for sure, I am happy with the move. I hate this house.