The Friday gathering – Only 13 more days

By glblguy

The trees here in the South are just now starting the change. Thus begins my favorite time of the year! It’s also T-minus 12 days and counting until we close on our mountain house. I’m sure you guys will be glad when we finally get moved so you don’t have to hear about it anymore! Everything is going on schedule, the inspection was completed this week and only a few minor issues were found. The seller’s have confirmed they will fix everything identified during the inspection before we close. The appraisal came back yesterday and the house appraised for $22,500 more than we’re paying for it. That means we’re walking in day 1 with $22,500 in equity plus the amount we put down, which at this point should be about 10% or so. We had hoped to do more, but are keeping some reserves since our current house still hasn’t sold. I faxed off all of our bank statements to the underwriters yesterday. The mortgage company has everything they need at this point and will completing the final paperwork.

We decided to go with Two Men and a Truck for our moving company. I called about 5 different companies overall. One of them never returned my call. One gave me a really low ball quote over the phone and was hesitant to send anybody out the house. Another came out, but their quote was really high and they just didn’t seem very professional at all. The two final candidates were Mayflower and Two Men and a Truck (TMT). Mayflower was more expensive, but agreed to match and/or beat the TMT quote, which was about $1,000 lower. I asked Mayflower to just provide their lowest bid and they wouldn’t do it without seeing the TMT quote. Since TMT was very professional and came in with the most competitive price, I decided to go with them. They also provide a 15% discount on moving supplies from their store.

I picked up the boxes I bought on Craigslist Monday afternoon. It was well over 130 boxes and included about 10 dish boxes, 6 wardrobe boxes, and 4 or 5 picture frame boxes. All for $125! That’s $1.04/box! My Expedition was filled from top to bottom with boxes. They all just barely fit. Given this deal, we decided to do our own packing. We’ll begin getting serious about packing weekend.

Lots of stuff to do yet, but we’re getting there. The whole process is stressful but exciting.

Important stuff

A few miscellaneous important things I’d like to mention:

The gathering

I’ve gathered up all of my favorite articles this week. Lots of great stuff, especially with the economy the way it is.

Photo by: seeks2dream

8 Responses (including trackbacks) to “The Friday gathering – Only 13 more days”

  1. Matt Keegan Says:

    Larry, have a good move. I’m glad that your home in the mountains is worth more than what you are paying for it. I’m a bit jealous of you too as I would love to make the move away from the RDU area, but that isn’t in our plans.

    Godspeed on your plans!

  2. Four Pillars Says:

    Thanks for the mention!

  3. Patrick Says:

    Moving is a chore and a half! Glad to hear you got a good deal on the boxes and the moving company. Good luck in the move! :)

  4. Lynnae Says:

    If you lived a little closer, I would have gladly given you boxes for free! :) Have a great move!

    And don’t underestimate your ability as an introvert. I’m as introverted as they come, but I’ve found that if a service-person hates a company, it doesn’t take much to get them to talk. :)

  5. Roger Hamilton Says:

    Good luck in moving!

  6. Stephen Says:

    Good choice on Two Men and a Truck! I have had some of my best friends work for them before and they did some awesome work. Very professional and should take care of your stuff.

  7. David Says:

    Looking forward to hearing about your new home once you are settled in!

  8. No Debt Plan Says:

    We did the exact same thing with Craigslist. The kicker is we got the boxes for FREE! Someone had just moved in and just wanted them gone. We filled up our Civic with them. Totally awesome. Good luck with the packing and carnival hosting.