By Spring, the finish line was almost in sight. The sun was shining, COVID-positive tests had come and gone within our household, and we were counting down the days until our June move. Our renovation had taken on a life of its own and at this point there was no slowing it down. Upstairs, the new bedroom now had windows and a closet, the bathrooms were coming along and furniture was arriving!
We had intended to only put our house in Moncton on the market once our renovation was far enough along that we felt confident our “target” move in date would be our “actual” move in date. For anyone whose gone through a reno, you know that timelines can be a moving target. Then one day, we got a call from a neighbour connecting us with a potential buyer. We sold it immediately upon meeting them, through a private sale and as it happened, we had about a 3-week gap between the time we had to be out of our Moncton house and into our Halifax home. So, I did what any panicked mother does- I scoured the internet for an Airbnb last minute, in the middle of June, when the availability of 3-bedroom houses in the HRM was about 10%. To my surprise (and relief) we ended up getting lucky and landed in a new build in Middle Sackville. The house was cute and the couple we rented from was really sweet and attentive during our stay. My 3-year-old son played in the dirt a lot and tried to break almost everything, but aside from that it was peaceful and functional.
Looking back one of my biggest takeaways from this point in the process is that if you can, hire movers. Especially if you have kids. They are worth their weight in gold. We hired Mackie Moving and the process was seamless. They arrived at our place in Moncton on a Wednesday, packed and labeled everything on Wednesday & Thursday, loaded the moving truck on Friday and dropped everything off in Halifax on Saturday. Included in the price was also unpacking, but since our renovation still wasn’t complete (we had our three-week Airbnb stint) they dropped all our boxes in the appropriate rooms for us to unpack when the time came. They also refunded us for the unpack since we didn’t use this service. This was the first time we had used movers and I would definitely do it again.
On that note, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for the final part of my reno series and if you missed my journey up until now check out Part 1 & Part 2 of our pandemic renovation process.
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