Now that the artisans have really started on Mom’s house, things are really progressing. All of the demolition on the ground floor and third floor are now done. We’re still waiting for the roofing to progress, but that is due to the continued rain. However, all the weather reports that I’ve seen indicate that we SHOULD have sun starting tomorrow and lasting through next week. If that proves correct, I would imagine that the roofing (and installation of new Velux skylights in the new house and our house as well) could be done in the next 2 weeks.
The ground floor needs now needs to have all the walls insultated and plasterboard installed, and inulation and new ceilings done as well. We’re starting to think that Mom may be able to move in at the end of July, although the rest of the building will most likely not be finshed until the end of September at the earliest.
However, once the major work is done, I would imagine that we could start putting out the word that we’re looking for tenants. It would be great if we had people ready to move in as soon as the work is completed, so we can start paying back the bank loan with rent as soon as possible.
We’ve been able to change the date that the movers are due as well, which means we won’t have to worry about trying to store Mom’s furniture somewhere, then get in moved back into the house. This is particularly good as I don’t think moving a piano around unnecessarily is particularly good for it, even if it’s really out of tune and the keys stick.
It’s amazing that after all this time, we’re finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s not a moment too soon, as getting Mom into her own, ground floor flat is becoming increasingly important. In fact, we’re starting her on physical therapy today, because she’s developed tendonitis in her shoulders and her legs are bothering her so much that I’m worried about her going up and down the steps more than is absolutely neceessary. I really think that once she no longer has to worry about that, that she will take more walks around the village and will be able to get herself into a bit of better shape.
Ciao for now.