The first thing that I did today was look through craig's list to see if I could find alternate housing for my short term renters. I called the number and talked to a nice gentleman who had 2 houses available. They are both on the outside of town but not too far away. I told him my problems and he was very sympathetic and told me exactly how to do an eviction since he had done them before. I told him I would get back to him after I made my final decision. It was nice to know that I could offer something to my short term tenants if I had to break the bad news that the house wouldn't be ready.
Next I called my current tenants. They said they were on the way to pick up their UHaul truck. That sounded promising but it always sounds promising until something gets in the way. I told her the homeowner's association complained about the car with flat tires in the driveway and she promised it would be gone today.
Hours passed, I went to lunch. I came back from lunch and there was a message. My tenant said that UHaul wanted a $400 deposit for their truck, not $100 like she thought so they were going to borrow and pick-up truck and make many trips to move their stuff. I started to worry and contacted a moving company. For $300 I could have them moved out in 2 hours. $300 would be worth it to not have to drive downtown to file eviction papers. I hate driving downtown. I can never find a place to park.
I called her back and asked if she had secured a pick-up. She said that some friends were driving down to help them move. I offered the moving truck but she declined(this makes me more suspicious since they didn't want me to come in the house when their stuff was in there. What do they have in there???). She said that they would definitely be moved this evening. I said that I would be at the house at 7am tomorrow morning before work to change the keycode on the door locks so that the gas company could turn on the gas tomorrow. They need to get inside to make sure the house isn't filling with gas. She said ok. SHE SAID OK!!!!! I couldn't believe it! Just to make sure that I heard her correctly I said, do you want me to call you in the morning to make sure you are out? She said NO. She would call me tonight and if I wasn't home, she would leave a message.
You can bet I am NOT answering the phone if she calls. The last thing I heard her say is that I can have possession of my house in the morning. I'm sticking with that. I am so excited I am not going to be able to sleep tonight! I packed my truck with cleaning supplies, touch-up paint, my tool box and pruners for the over-grown yard. Oh, and my camera. Perhaps it won't look too bad. Perhaps I won't need all new furniture, paint, appliances and carpet. I'll only have a short time to see the house in the morning. Then I will have to make it through a whole long day of work while I am thinking about all of the things I will need to do to get the house ready. The suspense is killing me but I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel!