The saga is over, the house is officially ours!! Monday morning, we were up in the wee hours and hit the road for our walk-through that was supposed to happen at 8:30am. We met our agent at the house right on time only to find a van and an SUV in the driveway, and 3 guys still clearing things out. Talk about waiting ’til the last-minute. We walked into the house and the crazy lady’s son quickly ushered us out, saying that his mom didn’t want us in the house unless she was there and she wasn’t going to be coming for another hour and a half. Ummm, okay, that wasn’t going to work, so we found the one sane person in the family and asked for a favor: crazy’s husband called her up and convinced her to let us in.
Upon entering, we were all very pleasantly surprised by how little crap was left in the house! And the kitchen cabinets were still there! The place was dirty but if that was the least of our worries, we figured we were in great shape considering what could have been. With smiles on our faces, we left to go get some breakfast at Walker Bros. and figure out the rest of the day. First on the list was finding a locksmith, but we quickly discovered that reception in the restaurant was horrible so we ate, then found this beautiful park where Scott could make phone calls and I could walk through the wild flowers and dodge dragonflies. I can’t wait to go back there and explore the grounds and have a picnic, or lay out on a soft blanket with a good book. Welcome to Lake Glenview:
Once Scott had found a locksmith, I didn’t want to leave but we had to hit the road again. We took a quick trip to Home Depot and realized how dangerous that store is now; we saw things we never would have considered buying in the past without a house to do things to. From there, we went to the seller’s attorney’s office for the closing and Crazy and her husband were already there. The closing took about 45 minutes but we ended up sitting there for an extra 2 1/2 hours waiting for Bank of America to give wire instructions for the money we were getting back. We decided to leave without the money so we could meet up with the locksmith at our new house, yippee! and the closing agent assured us she’d call when the money came in. Scott’s mom and aunt, and my sister and her boyfriend came out to see the house and while walking around a few more times, we noticed a few, er, hiccups…
1. In the time between the walk through and the closing, she replaced every single light bulb with 25 watt bulbs. I would have thought my eyes were playing tricks on me if it weren’t for the evidence she left of 25 lightbulb sleeves on the counter. Uggh.
2. She left us the ‘spare fridge’ in the lower level and it’s full of NyQuil bottles and bags of whole frozen fish that I swear were staring at me when I opened the freezer.
3. She left 10 bird feeders hanging on the part of the fence she didn’t take, one of which is full of bees. And that one just so happens to be next to the door of the shed.
4. There’s a creepy gnome in the tree in the backyard. The tree has literally grown around him. I’ve named him Chuck and he’s staying.
5. She took a light fixture in the living room. At the closing she was all, “I took the light. I’m sure you saw, but you don’t care, right? It wasn’t worth anything but I wanted it so I took it.” I thought it was ugly and would have replace it anyway, but still.
6. She left every window unlocked and cracked open just a hair. Sneaky little bastard.
7. And the best part is that we ran into her at ABT when we were buying our appliances and she told us she had just been at the house to check the mailbox and that she’d be back everyday to check the mail even though she’s had her mail forwarded. Can you say federal offense and restraining order??
Anywho, the house is ours and I haven’t actually seen her over there yet so I’m a happy camper! I headed over there tonight with my sister to start painting – I have to get the kitchen finished before the appliances arrive on Saturday, but alas we didn’t actually get any painting done. We did, however, buy the paint and supplies, and we managed to change all the light bulbs so we made some progress. Painting will commence Friday evening.