So things went well for Husband today. Very well. We could be moving in as little as 6-8 weeks. And by moving I mean emigrating. But just in case, it's best to be prepared. My new to-do list is:
Call contractors to come and give quotes to fix bathroom shelves, bathtub surround, wall needs stripped (That may be domain of painter/decorator) and ceiling needs re plastered. Bedroom needs mirrored wardrobe removed. We'll need to get a small wardrobe and a set of drawers. Fix shed out back so we don't have to buy a new one. Also get quote for cheap kitchen units and new counter on left side.
Painter decorator - most of the painting I could do myself but would rather leave it for someone else to do because emigrating a family of four on short notice is stressful enough. Sure it would be cheaper for me to do it, but time is of the essence so we'll have to weigh the cans and can'ts
Sassy and Shorty need British passports.
Garden guy to come cut everything back. Need a half ton of pebbles for front part and some of back.
Packing up, thinning down, shoveling a ton of stuff off to charity shops. We are taking the bare minimum and will re-buy once there.
Do we sell our house, or keep it and take an equity release before making it a rental property, using the equity loan to fund emigration? Both have big advantages.
Keep the kids positive, keep us positive, keep the kids excited, keep ourselves from having nervous breakdowns and remember we are Going For It!
Reality: Husband will have to go to Australia and start work, find a rental home for us, set up address and banking (Oh yes, call ANZ and find out T&C's for opening an account) and then I will ferret/ship many small boxes over, then arrange for shipping for larger items. We are taking no furniture, limited appliances (Like our games consoles and DVD player as the OZ ones won't play our region) We will be separated for most of this process. The kids will be many levels of despondent, anxious and maybe rebellious. Well, Sassy in particular. Shorty is young enough to not grasp the fullness of the moving, not until we get there anyways and she figures out Grandma's house isn't a short drive away anymore.
Will spend the evening looking at pictures of Melbourne to inspire myself.
Then again, he may not get the job. But better to have everything ready, just in case.
This was the big secret.
I fucking hope it's all going to be worth it. If we get there and hate it I'll be miffed.