The picking up of the house was the worst part though. We're still not done putting the stairs together so there were tools and parts everywhere. We did manage to get that put away and get everything cleared off enough so that the cleaners could get all of the surfaces. My husband is hilarious - he was wondering if they realize that coming forces folks to clean. I tried to explain to him that there's a big difference between picking stuff up and cleaning. I'm not sure he gets it yet - too many years as a bachelor.
But it was all worth it. Coming home yesterday to a clean smelling house and perfect lawn was bliss. I'm so surprised at how fantastic this house looks now with almost everything done that it's almost like living somewhere new. It's wonderful to be like this and will be better still to get everything complete. I'll have to take pictures - I can hardly believe the changes and I actually live there.