So there we were, going about our usual business but all the while waiting and wondering if the offer -subject to finance and subject to the sale of Muriel- would be accepted...
Meanwhile, we whipped into higher gear with all of those little things that needed to get done around the place. You know, like finally getting around to completing painting the hallway walls, skirts and trim, last seen here after we had the tiles laid (oh, about 2 years ago!):
So much better don't you think? The trim makes it all look so much more crisp, clean and new. Oh and we also replaced all of the remaining handles with matching polished nickel looking ones, (like this) hurrah! I was very happy when we had ticked this one off the list!
We also had the carpets replaced. And when I say 'had the carpets replaced' I mean PK and I removed all of the furniture in the carpeted rooms, ripped up the old carpets and the crumbling underlay (icky!) and took them to the dump! I definitely know why I was having so much more breathing issues lately! We chose a similar colour for the replacement, but luxury underlay so that it was very cushiony underfoot. Mmmm luxury! We took the opportunity to paint the walls and trim in the carpeted rooms while they were bare. Oh and this all happened in the space of a week...
Bedroom 2/ Study
Which left us both exhausted but wondering why we didn't do it all earlier! Then, just because we are masochists -or just really wanted it all done already- PK and I also bit the bullet and hired a gardening company to come in and fix up the gardens. We were so pleased we spent that little bit of money, because what they accomplished in just two days would have taken us weeks and probably still wouldn't have been as good!
In fact, it was almost uncanny what plants the landscaper chose- almost as if he'd read my list, because not only did he pick up natives to fill out the garden once all of the dead/dying plants were taken away. No, he also managed to pick blueish coloured flowering bushes, which are so pretty and little grevillea bushes- did I not hypothesise that exact type? Scary! But seriously, they did such a great job, we were blown away!
And once the gardens had been completed, the sun decided to come out for an hour -just as the photographer arrived to take the marketing pictures for THE SALE OF MURIEL (some of which I have used here, ta Paul!). Up until more or less the weekend before the garden was tackled, we still didn't know if our offer had been accepted, but we decided to go ahead with all of the final touches anyway (because I had been nagging about them for a while!). And then we heard that it had been accepted, which made all that extra effort, the late nights and the sleeping in the great room and the general disruption, all worth it.
So, photos were taken in the only patch of sunshine all day (a sign for sure!) and Muriel was up for offer by the Wednesday, with Home Opens scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday! That was all just under two weeks ago now... wanna hear what's happened since? I might just have to stretch this out a little!