I got the keys and the deed early afternoon on Friday June 11, 2021. I did a lot of talking on the phone once I received my deed by email from my Title Company Agent, and the keys were dropped off at my place in Milton along with the survey. I talked on the phone with utility departments up in Jay, and with the help of the people at those places my power and water are on! They took my information over phone and so I was able to have electric and water service Friday afternoon! I am gonna love living in this small town USA! I think the population is around 800 people or less according to what I read online for the last census.
Friday afternoon before I left the house in Milton I was torn if I should wake Zoie and take her with me or let her stay home on her bed in the air conditioning. My biggest concern was her waking and having another episode of the GI track issues that I won’t elaborate on in this post. I was worried about leaving Zoie but she was sleeping and I counted on her and my guardian angels to look after her while I was gone! I had to go if I wanted utilities this weekend because the power company simply turns on the smart meter on from their office and I was not sure if breakers to the house were on or off so I had to go up there and go to the office for them to copy my drivers license and deed to property which could have been done over the internet but since I didn’t know if main breakers were off in the house I had to go up to look and turn them off because until I get my home inspector out there to do a whole house inspection I am too much of a worrier to leave any power turned on at the 1939 house in Jay while I am not there. I’m so pleased that the electric company is a member owned cooperative and now I am a member!
Once I left the power company I went to the house and figured out the keys to front door and got in the house. I opened the back and front doors, there was a wonderful breeze going through the house that made me mindful of how much I want an attic fan! I grew up with an attic fan in our house in Baton Rouge when I was a kid and I have always wanted one again. I hope I can have one installed in this house. While at the house I looked at the power panel inside the house and found the main breakers and turned them off. I actually turned off all the breakers in the panel just for safety sake. At the road I didn’t look at the water meter because they said they would be sure it was unlocked but not on so that way I can turn it on when I get ready to do the home inspection with my home inspector. I hope everything has been capped off properly in the house because the kitchen and bath are gutted and I do not see any type of pipes inside. I could have missed them because there is so much stuff sitting around everywhere in the house and so I could have missed the pipes. There is an outside water faucet and that is what I want to be able to use when I am up there working until I can figure out the plumbing. I can see the old sewer vent on side house and so I know about where the septic tank is installed. I plan to hire a septic service to pump and inspect the existing tank. Once that is done then I will know if I need to put in a new system or if I can use the existing one.
I took loads of pictures and hope they all fit well in this post. As I mentioned previously, the house still has lots of stuff left in it, some things look interesting to me, like the old doors that are reclining against the walls in the back room just outside of the room that used to be the bathroom. I love old doors, they have character; I always imagine the tales an old door or window could tell. There is also an old chifferobe that is not complete but it’s still a neat old piece of furniture that I am sure I can repurpose for something. The only thing that may cause me some problems is the old carpet rolled up and stacked in the very back porch room of the house. I hope I can give it to someone to haul off and don’t end up having to pay to have it hauled off because no way will I torture my back trying to move that on my own and I don’t like carpet in my house. I want hardwood board flooring or real linoleum.
The neighbor on the west side of my property came over and said hello while I was there. We chatted and exchanged cellular phone numbers. I turned off the breaker panel for the electric while I was there. I am so happy I was able to get the power and water on Friday. I was worried about Zoie so I hurried through doing things like measuring the concrete slab in the backyard that turns out to be 16′ x 14′ and I took loads of pictures. I drove home and when I arrived I rushed inside; I was so thankful she was still sleeping. She woke and got up shortly after I came in. She went out in yard and then back inside. I gave her supper and then we had a fairly good night, she only got me up about 3 times from about midnight to 2am. I was able to get back to sleep and didn’t wake up until about 6am! Wow that was sleeping in for me!
Now that I have the electric and water on at the 1939 house in Jay I can schedule my home inspector to meet me there to do the whole house inspection. I wish I had a good dog sitter for Zoie because I could get a lot more done each day. I need to do so many things now that the place is mine I can move forward with inspections and getting estimates for work I hope to have done!
Here are the pictures I took Friday June11, 2021 – see below
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