Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Steps: Both Forward and Backward

Backward:
We closed on the house last Wednesday. By Thursday morning, someone had smashed out our front door. They used rocks to smash a glass storm door leaving a shards of glass all over the porch, sidewalk, and entryway to the house. They also punched some holes in the wooden door behind the storm door. Something must have scared them off, because they did not gain entry into the house. The realtor took down the "For Sale" sign the day of the closing and I noticed a lot of neighbors watching me go in and out over the past few days... apparently one of them wanted to welcome me.

This was a discouraging find for some of my family members who came out to see the house only to find a pile of broken glass. But I was actually expecting some damage within the first few weeks. While it is frustrating, it is by no means a surprise.

Forward:
We secured the front door, changed the locks, and covered the hole in the door with a metal plate. We also updated our ADT security system to ensure that no one enters the house without our knowledge. The light we put on the front porch also seems to have helped. Until someone is in the house 24/7, we need to take some extra precautions to protect the property.

Backward:
The furnaces were not in working order. They also were not vented properly.

Forward:
A good friend of mine, Alan Moore, checked out the furnaces for us and was able to let us know what is wrong with them. He repaired them FREE of charge! I owe him a debt of gratitude. Once we secure the final part we need, the furnaces will be in working order in time for winter.

Backward:
The electricity only worked on the lower level of the house. The upstairs had no lights or power, meaning appliances, outlets, and the thermostat could not function. There is an old fuse box upstairs and we could not determine where the problem was coming from.

Forward:
The electric company was able to fix the problem... they had half the house shut off since it used to be a duplex. Now there is electricity in every room and running water on both levels.

Backward:
I almost died under the weight of a refrigerator... twice. Dr. Preston Sprinkle graciously donated an old refrigerator to us. My dad and I underestimated the weight of the fridge and attempted to take it up the 12 steps that lead from the street to the house. I ended up on my back with the fridge laying on top of me. I managed to stand back up without knocking it down the stairs, but I fell on the next step and the fridge landed on me again! I hope the neighbors got a good laugh...

Forward:
We got the fridge inside. Now we just need to clean the thing!

There is more that could be discussed... like the library we have already started in the house with probably close to 500 books... or the night I spent by myself in the house with no heat and no security system to protect the house from intruders after the door had been broken... but suffice it to say, things are moving. Exciting times! Your support is appreciated.

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