Moving On Up (M. People c.1993)
We are moving house. For most, the mere mention of those words – moving house – strikes fear into the heart. The dread of emptying store rooms that you have not even been into for 2 years, let alone taken any active steps of organization, is a source of deep despair. The fear of the inevitable breakages. Your bank balance battered by utility company and internet re-connection fees. Of course those utility and internet services that you have paid so dearly for will be utterly absent from your new home on move-in day while your friendly Sky or gas man slowly finds his way there and then on arrival proceeds to flick a switch that takes him all of 2 minutes and “job done”. The loathing of unpacking at the destination; and then living in an ocean of half-empty boxes for months to come. The joy of it all.
So with all of that said, those of you who know me well will be aware that I am partial to a bit of house moving; particularly where there is a renovation project combined with the move. Obviously I have a sadomasochist side to me but I do actually like it. Don’t get me wrong – there is most certainly a significant amount of work involved in a well-planned move. But frankly, there is probably even more work involved in a poorly planned one. But the work is more than off-set by the opportunity to remake; improve and re-nest in your new environment. It gives you a chance to revamp the place you call home; to de-junk and then bring you home up to date.
About 3 months ago Matt and I bought our first house here in the sunny Emirates. It needed renovations. It needed proper renovations. When we first saw it Matt, being one of those people that falls into the first category when it comes to house moves/renovations (i.e., vehemently hates it), was initially put off by the prospect of a moving and renovation project. I, on the other hand, saw it as an amazing chance to create our home exactly as we wanted it. I was in heaven. A water front apartment in a prime location, a very healthy budget and more than 3 months to complete the renos before we moved in. Easy peasy.
Finding good tradesmen is a serious challenge the word over, here included. Language barriers. Materials available. Materials not available. And every combination of the above that you can imagine. There were low points and lower points. But now we are all done. We move in after two new bathrooms; and entire house of flooring; removing wallpaper that can only be described as disgustingly bizarre (think, natural wood print and pebbles – don’t even try to understand it); painting, de-cladding (yes, you heard right, removing cladding inside a near-new apartment); tiling a kitchen; new mirrors; new doors and new appliances. A mammoth task finally completed and I am so glad to say it looks stunning. Yet again the roller coaster of a renovation project has been worth it.
So today the movers arrived bright and early this morning - on time which was a great start. While Matt was at work, I, together with my trusty team of removal guys (and the utility and internet connection guys too), pulled the whole project over the line so that in about one hour from now when the family walks in the door our new home is as close to complete as effing is to swearing. And most of important of all, looking Immac.
How? A pile of planning, inspiration and a lot of hard work. And as always those elements were all glued together with a lot of team work.
Check out my before and during pics for a laugh. You can see the after pics later in the week for some inspiration and Immac-ness.