Believe it or not… It’s all coming together. The major unknowns have all been addressed, and on Monday afternoon we’ll load up the U-Haul and get ready to head out.
We’ll be arriving in New York City in less than 50 hours, if all goes according to plan.
Last Sunday I got the tenant for my Charlotte home all lined up, with a signed one-year lease, and first month’s rent plus security deposit collected upfront. The next day, I signed the lease for my New York City apartment and sent it (along with certified checks for the broker fee, first month’s rent, and security deposit) to the broker who helped us get the apartment. Leases and checks are all set on both sides.
Late last week I got the U-Haul reservation all taken care of, after getting them to bring their price down since I got a much better offer from Budget Trucks. We decided to get a large truck with three seats in the cab, have the driver and passenger take up the left and center seats, give the dogs a mild sedative from the vet, and travel with them in the right-hand passenger seat and floorboard. We’ll have comfy pillows for them to sleep on, chew toys a plenty, and stops every 2-3 hours to allow them to walk around and such.
The last big hurdle to get past was what to do with our car here in Charlotte. We REALLY wanted to avoid the hassle of driving it up there and getting rid of it in New York, so the goal was definitely to find a local buyer. I had a couple of friends who were theoretically interested, but nobody was willing to commit… So with less than two days to go, I put up a Craigslist ad.
My email box blew up — TONS of interest, even with photos clearly showing the dents/scrapes and such. I probably low-balled the price, asking for less than I could have gotten for it, but with such little time remaining I wanted to make certain that it sold. And sure enough, someone came by this afternoon and decided she wanted it. I’ll be meeting her tomorrow afternoon to notarize the title and collect her money. Side note: it wasn’t even someone responding to the Craigslist ad, it was a friend of a friend! But Craigslist is free, so whatever. I’m just glad it’s going to be resolved.
Sal has done a phenomenal job of packing up most of the apartment, leaving my clothes and home office stuff as the only major thing needing to be packed. (And cleaning supplies from the kitchen, but that can wait until after we’ve done a quick touch-up once everything else is out.) Giant stacks of boxes are waiting to be loaded onto the U-Haul tomorrow, with the furniture coming in behind it.
I’ve already started doing all of the change-of-address stuff online, got utilities set to be turned on at the new place, and made arrangements for old utilities to be switched to the new tenant or turned off. I’ve ordered some new office furniture and equipment to set up a proper home office in the new place. We’ve even selected some furniture from Ikea to help with storage and such, bringing some of it home to take with us and figuring we’ll take care of other less time-sensitive purchases once we get settled.
Hell, we’ve already bought paint for the new apartment, to be applied during the first day or two we’re in the apartment (before we start unpacking everything fully.)
We’re pretty damned prepared. Now it’s just a matter of counting down the hours until we can hit the road.
Fingers crossed… This sure seems to all be coming together nicely.