January 09, 2010

New house!

Its official - we closed on the house Thursday afternoon.  We're now first time home debtors!

I'm excited but its a little daunting - there is quite a bit of work to be done.  Jay has some repairs to take care of (some he's fixing himself, some he is contracting out) before I can roll up my sleeves and get to work.  As you can imagine, there is a ton of cleaning for me to do, since the house has been vacant for several months. 

So for those of you Saturday bloggers out there I've got a question for you.  Right now the duct work on the HVAC unit isn't connected, which means some (a lot) of the heat is going into the crawl space instead of the house.  That also means that dirt from the crawl is being blown into the house.

So what order should I do things in?  Jay seems to think I should clean first, so when the ducts are replaced, we don't get the brand new ones dirty.

I think that its pointless to clean until the ducts are replaced - its just gonna get dirty again any way.

There is still plenty for me to do, I just can't seem to drag myself out of bed this morning to start packing/cleaning.


  1. Congratulations!!!!! How exciting!

    I'd recommend waiting to clean until the ductwork is connected. No sense in doing the same job twice if it isn't necessary!

  2. Congratulations! So much to look forward to. I'm with you - clean after the ducts are replaced. Why clean twice?

  3. Congratulations! Welcome to debt-but its so rewarding!

    I agree...deep clean before and then it won't be as nasty to do afterwards!

  4. Congrats!!! and I have no idea!! Don't people who fix the ducts also clean them? can't you have them do it? our heat/air person does a whole duct cleaning, it's like a yearly service.
    anyhoo, can't wait to see more pics and hear about all the reno! good luck!!

  5. I like Christie's idea - let the duct cleaning people do it. It's offered around here for a nominal fee.
    Congrats on owning a home!

  6. I'm with you. Cleaning twice makes no sense.

    HORRAY for you two!! I know you must be mucho excited!!!!

  7. I'm so excited for you! I personally say don't clean twice. ;)

  8. Congrats on the house! It's so exciting but definitely daunting. I'd say clean only once, but I know nothing in regards to duct work and such. Can't wait to see pictures of the place!

  9. Congratulations...how exciting!!! With that said, I have no idea what ductwork is so I'm no help. My hubby does all the house maintenance (I do the laundry though so that's my contribution!)

  10. I don't know what to say about the ducts, but I DO want to say, congrats on the house!!

    It is so exciting to have a fresh start somewhere new.

  11. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so excited for you! As for the ducts, I don't know much, but it doesn't make sense to clean twice!

    Also, thanks for the prayer for my friend's family!

  12. I'd go with waiting until the ducts are done. I wouldn't want to clean twice:)
    And congrats!

  13. Congrats!!!

    Clean after for sure.

  14. Congratuations!! How exciting!

    I am personally siding with you on this one... why do it twice??

  15. Congrats!!!!
    I think it makes the most sense to only clean once, after the ducts are replaced.
    But I'm so OCD, I know I would be cleaning right now because I can't stand to have all that dirt laying around.

  16. Woo Hoo!! Cograts!! I say fix first then clean. Who likes to clean and to have to do it twice for the same reason...yuk!


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