Since we had to be out of our apartment by the end of August, we had to prepare one room of the house to store all our stuff while we make the rest of the house habitable. (We’re staying with my sister and her fiancé in the meantime.) Our sunroom fit the bill nicely. It too will get a face lift, but it’s not much of a priority at this point, so we just needed to get it in somewhat decent order. Besides mopping the floors, we needed to update the paint on one of the walls (the rest of the walls remain covered with paneling). My sister and future brother-in-law again came to the rescue.
The yellow walls that came with the house tested positive for lead-based paint, so our local Dunn-Edwards paint shop recommended (after dusting the walls clean) sealing the walls first with a primer, then adding the color and, finally, a wet second coat. We used Zinsser brand’s Interior/Exterior water-base primer and sealer. On top of that we used Dunn-Edwards color “Haystack.” It wasn’t exactly what we expected, but it’s far better than the yellow and we needed to seal that lead paint ASAP, so we’ve not been too picky about this room.
As for moving day itself, it was a breeze. Packing up all last week was a pain, of course, but we hired movers and it was the best money we’ve ever spent. (Two moves ago, we borrowed a truck from a friend and had to replace the windshield. Also, a dining room hutch flew out of the truck and landed on the side of the freeway. The move prior to this one, we got smart and rented a U-Haul van. This most recent move we got even smarter!)
If you live in San Diego and need a recommendation for a moving company, contact me!