I don’t know what to do with this blog. I come by everyday with the intention of typing an entry. I’ll start. Then stop. I overthink it! So I just ‘x’ out and go back to catching up on other blogs. I guess we’re back to paying off debt with a new car and a mortgage! I updated the sidebar, once we settle down in our new area/home, I’ll focus on making extra money to throw at the car payment, then mortgage.
We moved in, finally. It was a whole process between closing and move in day. So much had to be done. So many things went wrong. (So many things still going wrong.). Inflation is INSANE and killing us in every aspect these days. The labor shortage has definitely caused some stress.
We ordered new carpet to be installed before we moved in. Paid in full on May 25th, and were told it was in stock and ready to go. They would call us May 30th to schedule. We waited, and waited. A week after they should have called, we tried to call. No one answered. We drove an hour to the store to get an update. Oh, oopsy! It’s backordered, won’t be in until June 28th!!! A MONTH! And no one called us. Come to find out it was never in stock, it’s made to order, and hadn’t even been ordered yet. Long, rage-inducing, story later: our carpet was installed July 10th.
We also have to replace two exterior doors on the new home. We had a detail done on May 22nd. That’s where they come and take measurements, and we were told we’d have the estimate within 24 hours. LOL! For nine days we tried to get the estimate. The guy answered the phone twice, and both times he told us “oh yeah, I’m almost done with it, I’ll email it over tonight” – never happened. By the end of June, we still did not have an estimate, so we went up to the store. The same guy from the detail was like “oh yeah I was just about to call you, I have it ready…” Yeah, okay….
We go into his office, he types and types and types. Awkward silence in there. Meanwhile DH and I are like what the hell is going on? Why is it so difficult to buy the damn doors?? It’s $2500, fine. Ridiculous, but fine!! We okay it, he tell us it’s 2 weeks out for doors, and that someone else will be in touch with us to finalize it all within 24 hours. Okay?! He takes our card info, but doesn’t run it for payment yet.
Surprise, never heard from anyone! Called, emailed, etc. The guy replied to our email that the other person supposedly left us a voicemail the day before at 10am. Lies. No missed calls, no voicemails. I replied back to verify they were using the correct phone number – no answer to that email! A few days later, we stopped by the new house to drop things off, and some random guys showed up to measure the doors. We’re like what? Why? We already had a detail!?!?
Weeks go by, no update. Card never charged. No calls. Silence. This time we inquire with the store manager and she immediately gets in touch to apologize to us. Puts a different salesman in charge. He’s great, on it, but says he’ll get back to us with the estimate. We’re like we already got an estimate?! Why do you have to redo it?! Oh my god!! He did, in timely manner, but said that was just for doors and not labor. He would be back in touch with full costs shortly.
Next thing I know, they tried to charge my credit card $3,000!! NO ONE called to verify the amount. My card flagged it as fraud and didn’t allow it through. Well surprise, surprise! After the declined payment, the first salesman immediately texted my husband and said “your payment will not process”. We’re like NO ONE HAS TOLD US THE TOTAL!?!??!?! More back and forth, a price increase, a price match, and we paid.
Then he informs us, that the lead time is currently 8 to 10 weeks out!!!!!!! I almost lost my mind. So many lies and balls dropped since May 22nd. He literally told us 2 weeks while on the phone getting updated payment information. I’m still so angry with those people. Let’s see if we get doors in the next 2-3 months!
During a storm the other night we heard a loud crash. The next day we found tree branches all over the deck from two huge trees next to the house, hanging over the house. Not good. (It’s been such a stormy summer here!) Our cousins up the street had 8 large oak trees removed for $3200, so we called their tree guy. Our quote for two trees? $6,000. Because they’re so close to the house. 😦 Sigh. Going to get a few more quotes, although this guy did say he would beat any of them….
The only smooth process of moving, was the actual move. Our movers were fantastic and worth every penny. Thankful for that. As far as hiring out for other stuff – a complete nightmare. We have several things on our to do list to get done. One contractor quoted us $750.00 to replace ONE 12ft deck board – not including supplies. LOL!!! These rates are insane. DH and I have decided we’ll be DIYing a majority of things from here on out. Thank goodness for YouTube tutorials lol.