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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Week 25: Father’s Day, home repair contracts, and clearing out more stuff

The visiting son and DIL stayed through lunch on Father’s Day plus we invited my other DILs mother so we had 8 at the table plus the baby. We did brunch with bagel egg sandwiches and either Canadian bacon or sausage patties, fruit salad, mimosas, and coffee. It was a beautiful day so we finally tested the sidewalk chalk on the painted patio and unpainted driveway, and some bubbles were blown. The baby is starting to reach for things so it was fun watching her try to play with her big sister and a few infant toys.

Monday was a new termite inspection by a service highly recommended by our realtor. The issues found are very similar to the seller’s inspection report but much more thorough and the repair cost is lower. Also they will get city permits where appropriate. We feel much more confident that the work is necessary and will be done well. 

Hubby can fix a few small soft spots in the window trim, etc. but the work in the crawl space takes professionals. Most of it is the do it once and be done type of repair on an old house. The chemical treatment for termites has a 2 year warranty and of course new ones can show up and start eating at any time so that is not permanent.

We signed the contract for the earthquake retrofit and paid the deposit. Now to wait 4 to 6 months to get the work done which is fine because the termite and mold work has to be done first. BTW, there are standard retrofit solutions matching current building codes for typical single family structures and that is what we are going with. Bolting, shear walls, braces, etc. Another do it once and be done expensive project.

More stuff gone through Buy Nothing postings: 2 small table lamps, dog chews that weren’t hard enough for our super chewer, 4 CDs, and a small piece of non skid under rug stuff. Someone says they will take the 3 two foot square planter boxes and the dirt in them that the seller left on the patio which means we won’t pay to have them hauled. Have to wait till after July 4th though. Fingers crossed she follows through.

8 comments:

  1. Those Buy Nothing-like swap sites re fantasizing aren't they.

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    1. The range of items offered is amazing to me but my group is a very large one in an area that has a long history of recycling and reuse. Now I'm focusing on things that will be used rarely or for a short time in grandkids life but also using it to give away things.

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  2. I really need to check our sites here in this city. Perhaps I can get items for youngest DS free.

    God bless.

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    1. I'm sure groups vary widely but so many different things are offered in mine that I have been astonished.

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  3. That Buy Nothing is pretty cool. Hope the planter lady is true to her word and picks up those planters after the 4th. We had good luck selling some (grand)baby things on OfferUp.

    Your Father's Day brunch sounds very nice. We should have my daughter's in-laws over next time the kids come. We have a bit of a language barrier but if the kids were there, they could help us translate when needed.

    Good job lining up the termite treatment and the earthquake work. Not sure what that earthquake work will entail. Sounds costly. But necessary.

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    1. The earthquake retrofit brings old buildings up to current standards through bolting to the foundation and lots of kinds of bracing. Basically you are avoiding your house coming off the foundation or collapsing hopefully.

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  4. Your brunch sounded wonderful...so nice to have all the family together! I managed to clean out two drawers this week. Baby steps. :)

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    1. Without the move all I would be doing is baby steps too!

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