Leaving for work yesterday, I heard a hissing noise from the basement, and thought it odd, so I went downstairs to check it out. I'm glad I did... the water pressure regulator had cracked, and was spraying water into the front of the basement.

There was much kerfuffle, but minimal actual damage, since the basement is unfinished and there was less than a quarter-inch of water at the most. We managed to get the part replaced yesterday afternoon, and are now drying stuff out. It came to a few hundred bucks for a shop-vac and plumbing costs, some hours of hassle, and an opportunity to get rid of stuff that we don't really need and never use anyway.

The plumber's diagnosis of the cause of cracking was overtightening in the original installation. If you do your own plumbing work, it might be wise to keep in mind that too tight is as bad as too loose.
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( Sep. 24th, 2011 01:42 pm)
New table, chairs, and bookcases completed and being delivered this week!

Soon... games!

Oh, and the credit card bill for them arrived too.
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( Sep. 10th, 2011 01:56 pm)
We're gradually settling in, acquiring curtains and little random furniture things, unpacking, etc. I've been walking to to work several days each week; it's about 25 minutes one way. Next year, I'll likely get a bike, but it's too late in the season to feel right at the moment. We're learning all the things to take care of, filling out warranty forms for the house, and so forth; it's somewhat daunting at times, but nothing has collapsed yet.

The biggest hassle so far was the washer-dryer set. This proved to be a long story. )

We are greatly enjoying having our own place; the reality has taken time to sink in, because of the magnitude of the change. The next major furniture deliveries will go a long ways towards filling the place out, as will the rest of the curtains; once that's in place, we'll be a bit more "guest-ready".
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ironphoenix: (slicktory)
( Aug. 27th, 2011 09:17 am)
And back online!

We're now in the new house and coming out of the steep part of the settling-in curve. Many thanks to our respective moms [livejournal.com profile] top_twin and [livejournal.com profile] mustangsallie33, and to [livejournal.com profile] ilanikhan and [livejournal.com profile] buttongirl for their extensive help and support!

Curtains are starting to materialize, stuff is getting put away, furniture is arriving... it's all very exciting. The new table and bookcases won't be here until sometime late next month, and we're still waiting on one bed and on some stuff for laundry, but it's already Home. The formal housewarming will likely happen after those things are in place and the house is up to 95%, but we'll do other social things before then, I expect.

Anyone needing boxes for their next move can get some from us: we now have a supply here in the basement.
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( Aug. 9th, 2011 08:05 am)
We did the final house inspection yesterday; the bugs1 found were generally pretty minor, although there is a certification that has to be settled quickly. Banking and insurance are in place, and today we meet with the lawyer to make sure everything is ready for possession tomorrow.

The amount of maintenance stuff to be done for the house is kinda daunting... fortunately, there are lists and how-tos provided. Still, it will consume some of that Copious Free Time I'm just rolling in.

1: No insect-variety bugs were found in the course of the inspection!
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Any of you folks have recommendations (or anti-recommendations) for professional movers?

Yes, we like our friends so much that we're getting professionals to help with the move.
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ironphoenix: (slicktory)
( Feb. 21st, 2011 10:06 am)
(Something strange happened with my last post, so I'm reposting this and deleting the old version.)

We signed for a house yesterday! Next up, bringing a heap o' papers to the lawyer for vetting. We have a while to bring back objections to the contract. The current expected completion date is mid-September; a few weeks more delay wouldn't surprise me.

Lest folks think that this has been a two-week decision, permit me to assure you that we have in fact been thinking about it for several months, and we looked at a fair number of listings and developments. This place is, as best we can tell, a good mix of affordability, location, timing, size, layout, features, and quality. The base price is in the $270K range for a 3-storey row unit of about 1550 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, garage, and driveway, for those of you looking to compare. (If you're really diligent, you can probably figure out from this what model we bought from what builder in what development!)

Some of you expressed concern about living in Kanata being isolating, and I should address that here. We aren't alone in Kanata; several very good and close friends live out that way, most particularly [livejournal.com profile] ilanikhan, and we look forward to living closer to them. We aren't totally off the transit grid, with bidirectional rush-hour service to and from downtown and 7-day local service until around midnight. We have a car, which lets us get around quite conveniently. An increasing number of our other friends have cars too, and most of us are willing to coordinate rides without any major fuss. Yes, some folks are less likely to come out to games days, or to socialize with us in other contexts, but I think we'll still succeed in getting together with the folks who are closest to us.

The biggest logistical trick, I expect, will be getting to aikido; my work schedule will likely have to shift a bit to accommodate car swaps with [livejournal.com profile] soul_diaspora.

Yes, there is a heap of stuff to do, and to buy, yet. Just the extras we're going to pile onto the house will cost a few kilobucks: stuff like air conditioning, better carpets and underpadding, extra kitchen cabinets, and whatever else the nice folks at the design center show us that we really like and decide to plough money into. Then there's curtains, appliances, and furniture... our vacation this summer in the Okanagan will probably be our last big-ticket vacation for a little while.

It's a bit scary, but we're confident that we can pull it off, and maybe even enjoy at least parts of the process, to say nothing of the final result!
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( Feb. 15th, 2011 08:02 pm)
Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] soul_diaspora are going to look very seriously at a townhouse in Kanata, and we might even sign. It's about a mile and a half from where I work.

It's a bit... scary? exhilarating? Both?

Advice welcome!
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