Knock, Knock, it is the “Komornik” Knocking!
I know this past week has been lacking in blog posts but I have a good excuse, I was MOVING to a new house!
The reason for our quick move was well quite a story (which you can read HERE)! It really could be a story book. My friend who has done a lot translating for me during this whole saga answers her phone with, “so what it is the next chapter about?”
About a month ago we had man who is called “komornik”(it is probably spelled wrong but that is how it sounds) knock on our door thinking we were our landlord and whipped open a badge! With his very basic English skills and my broken Polish, we established we were not the home owners. So I quickly called my friend who just finished law school here and had her translate for us over the phone (she has done this more times than I can count!). Well that is when I learned what a “komornik” is. He is a court appointed debt collector and I learned very quickly how the Polish legal system works. As I do not know the whole story nor do I want too but long story short is that the bank now owns the house we were renting.
Within 2 days we had a court order to pay the bank directly our rent not our landlord. So, then we call the “komornik” and asked him about staying in the house and how would the repairs work as there were some issues the house that had not been resolved and he said that we would have to pay them first then petition the court to go to the bank to reimburse us. Really? I do not think so as the court here would take at least a year to see if we even get our money back. So that is when we realized we needed to move sooner than later.
So quickly looked at a few houses to see what houses where available on sure short notice and found really nothing to fit our big family. BUT by dumb luck some dear friends of ours were moving back to the US at the end of the month and that their house was going to be available. We quickly set a meeting with their landlord to talk about us renting their house and by the end of the meeting we were ready to sign the lease! It was a win-win situation as most houses are rented through realtors, the owner and the renter each have to pay them one month’s rent for their service. Because we did it on our own we did not have to pay it and we each could spend the money on other things for the house, me a washing machine and such and for the landlord blinds for the upstairs windows (it is daylight here at 4:30 in the morning).
Since our friends had the movers pack them out on the 15th of the month, we were able to start moving things into the house little by little while they lived in it for the final 2 weeks with just the bare minimum. This was great because we got a price estimate for a company to come and move us over 2 days and it would have been around 5,000 zlotys(by US standards quite cheap but not by Polish standards). We would much rather save that money and take a vacation or get something for the house, so we moved ourselves. Luckily we saved a good share of our moving boxes from a year and half ago in our attic, so we were good for boxes and since our friend was moving we were able to get some paper from her moving company, so we were set! So in the end the move cost us 2 tanks full of gas and 6 rolls of tape!
So here is how the past week looked like!
We LOVED the neighborhood we lived in as we had great neighbors and close to lots of things and convenient to work and school but in the end it worked out really good for us. We have a GREAT house in an another GREAT neighborhood for a better price but unfortunately just a longer commute.
So will there be pictures of the new house? Of course, but you will just have to wait and see what my new place looks like!
How many times have you moved in your life? Me, 16 times for me!