The Big Move…

| November 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

So a few months ago, I got the bug to snoop around for better houses. Now there was nothing wrong with the house we were in if you like a shared hallway with noisy, pot smoking neighbours.

It was high time we look for somewhere else. I had my eye on a certain area for a while, and I thought I would press my luck and give the landlords a call. Sure enough they had a unit available, and later that week we went to see it. It was pretty perfect. 3 bedrooms with 1.5 bathrooms (with m.s that is  a must, and for the last few years, it has been hell running up and down our stairs to share one bathroom. Especially during flare ups.)  Everything was looking good so far. We signed the application and shortly after, we were accepted and signed our new lease!

We were so happy to be moving on up and out of our area, but also sad to be moving a bit father away from some close friends, but you do what you gotta do.


So started the tedious phone calls, to heat, to hydro, to Rogers.

Thank god for Rogers…

I’ll back track a little. Once we signed our lease, we were told we would get occupancy on september 28th.  Simple. We had to be out by October 1st, again simple. Movers were booked, truck was booked , so started the phone calls.


why haven’t i played in a box before!? This is awesome!

So, as for Rogers, I called to change over our services and address and was asked those tedious questions (to find out if I really and who I say I am.). Finally, we get to the good stuff: confirming the new address and the old address. Now, to the fun part. The Rogers tech asked me to hold the line while she called the current tenant to confirm his details. Not a big deal, I’ll wait. She comes back on the line, very, very confused.

“Umm madam, you said you were moving in on September 28th?” Me: “Yes, that’s right.” Rogers: “Oh. Well, the tenant who lives there now says he is not leaving until September 30th… Are you sure you have your dates right…?” Me (about to lose my sh*t): “I’ll have to call you back, I need to find out whats going on, thanks.” Wow I actually didn’t lose it there, but wait!


After a super long phone conversation with our landlords, it turns out that they royally screwed up. They just assumed the current tenant would leave before the end of the month, so they told us it was ok to move in. Well they were wrong. He wasn’t leaving until the very last day, and that was his right, but now what do we do….? If I hadn’t  called Rogers, we would of have been roommates for a while… Wouldn’t that be a sight, us trying to move in while people still live there!

After a lengthily heated conversation with our landlords, they finally agreed to give us 50% off our new rent to cover the costs of more movers and supplies. We thought hey, you know that’s great and things were going to go a lot smoother. Haha. I was wrong again!

So, we were super busy over the last two months with work and weddings. My sister had surgery, so I took Marshall down and spent three weeks with her while she recovered, while my husband stayed home to work and pack. Things were going fine, the three weeks went by, and before we knew it my mom, Marshall, and I were back on our way home to Ottawa.

We had a wedding to attend right before our move, for our wonderful friends Tyler and Amy, and it was absolutely beautiful. It was definitely a nice break from our hectic life. Then it was the day of the move. I had been constantly asking the landlords to get our keys a bit early so we could slowly move stuff in, but was denied due to the fact that “they had contractors coming to do all the repairs and clean.”  Yeah, well, we found out the hard way what that really meant.

The morning of our move we got drop off our cars, and there are people coming in and out of our new house…. Uhmm no this is wrong. Why there they here? Turns out they decided to shampoo our carpets and do repairs, the same damn day we were moving in… NOW they had two weeks from when the last guy left, to when we were moving in, and I was constantly reassured this would be done! Remember, “that’s why I couldn’t have my keys”.


Now we had to wait to move in… and on top of it everything was wet and people were in the way. Well, Hurricane Courtney came out on those landlords… Unfortunately, we are still  in talks with them to reimburse us for the extra money we had to spend AGAIN on a truck for the movers’ additional time.

Thanks to our parents, some family and close friends we finally were moved in, and then started the unpacking. Unfortunately, we were all stressed to the max and of course you bicker with the ones you love, but we worked through it and buckled down and got the house done. With a couple new purchases from my new favorite store, The Brick, we now had a new bed set and a beautiful new sectional couch, and we are all set in this new place we will call home.

Bring on the holidays!

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A number of years ago I went blind, and as a result found out I had Multiple Sclerosis. After my diagnosis, I attended a new high school for the visually impaired. That is where I met the love of my life, my husband Dylan. Dylan helped me get through becoming blind and find joy in life again. Shortly after graduating, we moved to Ottawa together and in December of 2011, we were married. A year later we welcomed our beautiful son Marshall to the world. In 2015, after two miscarriages we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby Charlotte into the world. It hasn't been easy adjusting to being blind and living with M.S on a daily basis , and being a mom of two on top of everything. Life has been... lets say challenging! But oh so worth it!

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  1. paula schuck says:

    That is a pretty epic moving fail. Not reassuring at all. I am about to move.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    I’m glad to hear it worked out, but what a stressful ordeal!! I hope things are settling down and you are all settling in!

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Moving is always stressful – I’ve moved house 12 times (I have 7 children) and to different countries too. It’s not easy getting everything coordinated and something always goes wrong. I was sorry to read that you had such a tough time but hope that now you are settled in, everything sorted out and you are happy in your new home.

  4. kathy downey says:

    Moving can be very stressful

  5. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I can’t believe all you went through but hopefully if you’ve moved or plan on moving you will have smooth sailing or at least have it easier than this busy stressful time.

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