We found our first house already and are pretty much just waiting to close. Since we’re currently staying with my parents rent-free, we need to take advantage of this opportunity and save lots of money before we start looking for moving companies and make the move.
According to our lender, if we close the first or second week in September, our first mortgage payment won’t be due until November 1st. Awesome!
Of course we still have some bills to pay now and after moving into our new house, but nothing as expensive as rent. We have 5 paydays before our first payment is going to be due.
The house is pretty much move-in ready, but we need to get a couple of pieces of drywall for the garage, get a new cellphone, plumb the kitchen for an ice-maker and put up fencing in a few spots to keep our puppy safe. There is also the bathroom situation which is going to require urgent attention or I’ll probably die.
The house is 1 1/2 baths, which immediately creeps me out, since there are 3 of us. The main bathroom is the only one with a shower or bathtub, but…it has one of those walk-in bathtubs for old/handicapped people so they stay safe. Okay, I know I just sound picky, but it’s not like that.
The weird walk-in bathtub only has like 1 square foot (my honey says that I’m exaggerating) of actual standing space and the shower attached thing only goes up to like 5 1/2 feet. Not a problem if I was short and had small feet. But that’s not the case—I’m 5 feet and 11 inches tall (yes, I’m Amazon tall) and I need big feet (size 10) to keep myself from falling over. See, it’s not just me being a picky chick, I actually have concrete evidence that it must be changed.
The walk-in tub looks almost new, so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to really carefully take it out (if it fits out the door) and maybe sell it on craigslist or something. Then we can grab a tub from Home Depot, hire somebody to do the installing part of it (or do it ourselves), then do the drywalling and tiling stuff ourselves.
I have no clue in the world how much something like that is going to cost. Maybe we’ll get lucky and be able to sell the walk-in tub for enough to cover these costs…if not, we’re going to need money saved up.
Plumb for Ice-Maker
Is this really an urgent matter? Yes, I do believe that it is. In a odd way, spending the money to have the kitchen plumbed for an ice-maker is one of my long-term saving strategies.
If you don’t already know, I drink ONLY bottled water. Even though I usually get it on sale and with coupons, it still adds up—especially over the years. By plumbing our kitchen for an ice-maker I will save money on bottled water because I’ll get fresh, cold, yummy filtered water out of our refrigerator. And I won’t have to remember to fill up those little ice-cube trays, I’m so forgetful. There would still be the cost of filters for the refrigerator, but I’m pretty sure they will still cost less than buying bottled water.
Also, not that I’m really concerned about it—I’ll be helping the environment. Yep, I’ll be doing my little green part for Mother Earth by spending money to plumb our kitchen for an ice-maker. I’m so bad, I know. Still, imagine all those plastic bottles I won’t be using anymore. On average, I drink 5 16.9 oz bottles of water daily—that’s 1,825 bottles each year (18,250 in 10 years).
From what I’ve gathered so far, we could do this ourselves for around 120 bucks (because we need tools). Or we could pay somebody and make sure it’s done right for between 100 and 200 bucks.
Moving to a different city and county means we’ll be switching utility providers. Yay! The power is actually cheaper per kilowatt hour with the new provider than the one we had in Vancouver.
The new utility provider’s web site mentioned that we would be required to pay a utility deposit though, of $150.00. That’s not that bad, plus it’s refundable after 1 year of service. You can either get it back by check or have it as a statement credit on your account. I’m just happy that I found out ahead of time so that I can prepare for another cost of buying our first home.
Can You Hear Me Now?
A new cell phone—this one sounds ridiculous to be included as a necessary cost of moving into a new house. LOL It really is necessary though because my current cellphone doesn’t get any reception whatsoever at the new house. Not a single bar.
I am going to be so happy to break free from T-Mobile. Our last apartment (the one we just moved out of) got the worst reception I have ever had. We would be lucky to get 1 bar outside, most of our calls would cut in and out, sometimes the phone never even rang and tons and tons of dropped calls.
T-Mobile did all this checking around and sending people here and there and came to the conclusion that our reception was very good. Wtf? I would have liked them to come over and try to make a call from our apartment. Even our guests that used T-Mobile couldn’t get any reception.
Now things will be different. I can find a new cell phone provider and actually have a normal functioning cellphone like everybody else in the world. I don’t need a smartphone or data plan, so it shouldn’t be much more than we’re paying now. Maybe I’ll get lucky and find one that comes with a free phone.
Or…we could get a land-line (we haven’t had one of these in many years) and get a cheap prepaid cell phone for when we leave the house. That would cost us the price of the prepaid phone, airtime, set-up fee for land-line and a phone or two for the house.
What were some other costs you had when moving into your home?