Thursday, September 16, 2010

On being a homeowner.

So I promised a post on my new experiences as a homeowner, and here it is!  (For the record, I've been a "homeowner" for 5 years now, but I guess what I'm really referring to, is my new experiences as a "house-owner").

First, just a few things we've had to deal with so far:
  • The bed broke at 11 pm one night as Matt was getting into it, so we adjusted it; then, at 4 am, the bed broke again when Matt got up to go to the bathroom.  We adjusted it.  The bed continued to break night after night until Matt's Dad stepped in and helped fix it properly.  Fingers crossed for some restful nights here on in?
  • Fridge died - I woke up on Monday thinking that our house was on fire, and was sure the smell in my nose was smouldering or electrical, or some huge disaster, and definitely worthy of calling 911.  Matt's reasoning prevailed, and convinced me maybe it was a dead animal in the attic or chimney?  When I got home late Monday evening, and discovered everything in the freezer was thawed, I realized the true source of the smell - a burnt-out fridge.  Like the truly determined new homeowner that I am, I googled the death out of that fridge, and tried everything I could.  And in the end, both of the repair guys I called gave me the same prognosis I had determined myself: compressor is done, buy a new fridge!  Delivery this Friday... more on that some other day!
  • Sprayed a bee hive

And a few things I've learned:
  • Grass grows fast and lawns require mowing on a regular basis.  And to quantify that, regular means ONCE A WEEK?!
  • Claw-foot tubs require TWO shower curtains for full coverage, otherwise, water everywhere.  Duly noted.
  • The outside hose on the west side of house leaks into the guest room.
  • Our beautiful, huge tree in our backyard leaves mini helicopters EVERYWHERE.... in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, all over the car windshield... I even found one in my bag at the cottage on a recent weekend trip.
  • How to plunge a toilet - and that some plungers are better than others.
  • That I would ever accept a new plunger as a warmly received gift (thanks Dad!)
  • That I can see straight into the kitchen of the neighbours' house from the shower(!!)
  • That the previous owners preferred Rogers to Bell, and in the process of renovating, removed every single phone jack and telephone wire from the house.  That was a fun surprise when Bell came to install our services.
  • That Matt will inevitably bang his head on the ductwork every single time he enters the furnace room.
  • That our doorbell will ring when someone is at the door of the house across the street

I feel like we are going to learn something new for every single day we live in this house, and that both excites and terrifies me - since a lot of what we will learn are lessons we find out the hard way!  While the house is in very good shape overall, I know that every house is full of surprises, and nothing is exactly as it seems.

Matt keeping up with the mowing... at night
Matt keeping up with the mowing....  at night....

I realized after yesterday's post, that I never mentioned how the move itself went.  We have amazingly supportive families, along with a great group of friends, and the amount of help we received that weekend is beyond words.  We knew that the Gardiner Expressway was going to be closed all weekend, and that the majority of Saturday could be spent stuck in traffic.  So on the Friday night, Matt and his family loaded all his stuff into the truck (while I worked on last-minute packing at the condo with my Mom).  That way, the moving truck was already half full by the time it arrived to the condo at 9 am on the Saturday.  Matt friends and my brother loaded all my stuff in very quickly, and we were on the road and into the gridlock by about 11 am.  We were at the new house and unloaded by about 1:00 pm, and were able to sit down for a great big lunch in the new backyard!  The boys had definitely worked for it!  Everyone kept commenting that it was insane how much stuff I managed to have, considering the size of my condo.  Let's just say I was pretty good at creative storage!!

All packed and ready to go!
All packed and ready to go!
 A wise person I know had warned me before that move, that in EVERY move, at least ONE thing breaks, so I should just relax and enjoy the day and hope that the one thing was nothing major.  Well, our one thing was Matt's Tobi steamer.  And while I was looking forward to wrinkle-free clothes, I am perfectly okay with that being our one thing!

I owe  a HUGE thank you to all of our family and friends who helped with this move, whether it be the heavy lifting, the packing, the unpacking, hanging mirrors and shelves and hanging rods, putting furniture back together, the cleaning/scrubbing/dusting/soaking (my Aunt, cousin, and Mom must have had prune hands by the end), providing lunch and patio furniture to enjoy the lunch on, etc.  Any contribution was GLADLY accepted.  We also had many drop-in visitors throughout the weekend, and while our house was in less than presentable shape, it was so nice to have so many family members and friends eager to share in our excitement.  You are all welcome any time!


  1. So this bed of yours that it your Malm Ikea bed? Was it the slats underneath that cracked? We've had ours for five years now so I'm wondering how many more we'll get out of it!

    I love hearing all these lessons you've learned in becoming a home owner. Josh and I thought we'd live in condos for years to come, but now we're seriously considering a house when we're ready to sell our place. A fixer upper house of course...our renos aren't over yet...

  2. Yes, it was the Malm bed! But we've had this one for almost 5 years too. The side rail pulled away from the wood frame on one side, and that caused it to droop and the slats would fall off of it. Between the efforts of both of our fathers, we've added a center supporting leg, bolts to hold the side rail to the frame, and new slats that go all the way across! If it breaks after all that, then I am ready for a new bed! I've got my eyes on a few, haha!

    I have to say, there are so many great things about having a house. I'm really loving it! Although I have developed a new hyper-sensitivity to everything, that I didn't have living at the condo. A what-is-that-sound/smell, or was that mark on the ceiling always there -type reaction to everything! I feel a lot more responsability now that ever before. I'd say you guys have taken on so many challenges already, I'm sure you'll be ready for it!!