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Arrived in Florida and settling in

Well, after some horrendous missteps caused by the bank, we finally closed on our new Florida home and are slowly settling in. The settlement was supposed to have been on Monday (July 29) but due to a bank oversight, they "discovered" a document they didn't know they had (had it since May and they HAD requested it) and this we found out when we were getting gas on the Ohio/Kentucky border! After having major meltdown, and some fast typing on the internet - thank heavens for smart phones - we were able to get rescheduled for Friday (Aug 2) at 9 a.m. I had to dissolve my business in order to avoid trying to find 2 years worth of income tax returns (which were on the moving van that was somewhere between Florida and Michigan and we weren't driving it).

Settlement went off without a hitch, almost, had to sign a letter stating that the documentation we had provided stating we no longer owned a house that had been sold last January, AND that my business was dissolved and the documentation I had provided for that was true. We went to the house right after the settlement and DH carried me over the threshold. Unloaded what we had in the car and then waited for the moving van and unloaders to arrive. The van was late as dispatch gave them the wrong address so they arrived at 5 p.m. The driver wasn't the brightest as he pulled the entire trailer onto the front lawn (on the road side of the ditch) and promptly got stuck when he tried to drive the truck away from the unhitched trailer (which sank 1 foot into soft, wet soil). He left deep davits when he was finally pulled out. The unloaders showed up at 5:15 p.m, they also were given the wrong address. Took until 8:30 p.m. to totally unload the trailer and it can't be removed until Monday.

Sure glad I used plastic tubs as boxes would never have made the trip, the load shifted. We have tubs that are dented, bent and some with broken lids; however, ALL the items unpacked so far are undamaged. What has been damaged are my pictures, which have shattered glass, my chest freezer - which has a severely dented top and we don't know if it will keep things frozen, and the loss of my spices which HAD been in a box and it fell apart, or exploded, when a tub shifted and fell on it.

Have been unpacking and so far, have 20 tubs unpacked and only 266 more to go. DH is installing a new microwave, washer/dryer get delivered tomorrow, bedroom set will be delivered on Friday. We have already received a sofa/loveseat which reclines, coffee table that expands to a tray-table type of affair, antique oak dining table that has a large pedestal with claw feet, new entertainment center AND plasma TV! So the house is slowly starting to take shape.

My antique White Treadle sewing machine made it without any problems as did the handcrank antique Singer and 1939 Featherweight! Now all I have to do is find my fabric and I may even get a reprieve from unpacking and do some sewing!

Today we got our Florida driving licenses and tag for the car, opened bank account and had social security changed. Have to go to the tax assessor's office with DH's VA disability paperwork and we'll get a discount on our property taxes for him being a disabled vet AND a senior! Since Florida has no state tax, we will no longer being having our pension taxed (Michigan Gov. Snyder's gift to disabled vets and retirees).

Gotta run and get back to unpacking. Hope to see you soon with sewing.

Oh, before I forget, some of the tubs we'll keep for storage, others that are badly damaged will be recycled and a few I may even transform into a kitty condo for SamWise our cat! Suggestions were also made to sel them on ebay. LOL. We shall see.

 

All the best - Terri

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Comment by Pam/NY on August 9, 2013 at 10:10am

It's never easy...My hubby's back would be out for a month if he tried to carry me! Besides, we'd be giggling so hard he'd fall! Sounds like you're getting things in order! Pace yourselves! Enjoy!

Comment by Carol Wadkins on August 8, 2013 at 8:23am

Terri, happy to hear that you are getting settled and will soon be able to be back at your "first love", quilting, I mean........... LOL You sure did go though lots of twists and turns, but thank goodness you are finally there!

Happy ending?! Sure hope so...................

 

Comment by Terri D. on August 7, 2013 at 7:02pm

Unfortunately, we can't file a claim for damages against the moving company. We did not use the loaders we originally contracted with due to their deciding 2 days before they were to come load the trailer for the trip to Florida, that they wanted more money. It would have cost us $2000 just to have them load, the unloaders in Florida were $1200. The young men we hired to load the truck were good; however, the younger brother did not listen when told HOW to pack the pictures, how to secure the load and make sure the bars were lowered onto the top of the tubs to keep them sturdy. I was amazed that my glass top range/over made it without damage. You live and learn. Not going to complain too much as the majority appears to be in tack - still have 260 tubs to go - and it is just "stuff." After suffering the pains of parting with some antiques and things that had a lot of meaning for me but just wouldn't fit on the truck, I have come to grips with what is important and what new memories can replace.

Today had water softener installed, new ceiling fan installed and DH finished installing the over-the stove microwave oven. Had washer/dryer delivered but could not hook up washer due to problem with the pipes/faucets the hoses were to be hooked to. Plumber comes tomorrow to correct that problem and then we should be golden on that. Bedroom furniture will be delivered tomorrow as well.

Looking forward to being able to empty tubs of clothing and getting at least 1 room totally organized. Actually found some fabric today! Now if I just had a place to sew! LOL. At least I could fondle it a bit.

More later!

Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 7, 2013 at 6:41am

Definitely a move you won't forget soon.  So glad you are there and getting settled and that there is not too much damage. Yes, by all means put in a report for the damaged goods. There is no reason the load should have shifted if they packed the truck correctly and for your freezer to be damaged. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on August 7, 2013 at 5:09am

When reading about the damage to your belongings, I couldn't help wondering what kind of cowboy was behind the wheel of that moving van.  For the load to shift that much and the fact he got stuck in your yard leads me to believe he is either a rookie or down-right crazy.  Your lucky your hubby can still carry you over the threshold.  Mine would have to hire a crane to do that for me.  Glad your "home" and getting things in order.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 6, 2013 at 7:12pm

What an ordeal!  We were thinking about building a few blocks down the street.  H-m-m, I don't think so now.  Hope you are back at the sewing machine soon - that's when you'll feel like you're home.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 6, 2013 at 5:34pm

Happy to hear you made it through.  Moving is not for sissies!  Hope I never have to do it again.  If we ever sell the Mountain House, it will be house and contents!  I'm not moving anything!  

Comment by Terry F on August 6, 2013 at 5:21pm
Been following your story and - - - I AM NEVER MOVING!!! Hope things get better from here on. :)
Comment by Janet/MO on August 6, 2013 at 4:49pm

Whew, Teri, what an ordeal.  I'm so happy you are finally getting settled though.  Is the moving company going to reimburse you for some of the damage?  I sure hope so.  After hearing about some of the shenanigans that Gov Snider is pulling, I'm happy I no longer live in the State of Michigan!  What a piece of work he is! 

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