Sunday, August 22, 2010
We got a date !
Another couple of weeks go by and we are that much closer.
The kids have become a bit more active (maybe it's spring in the air) so we are enjoying spending time outside and at some of the great parks around the Ponds. Of course this does bring up a worry of when we are going to pack, so sorry the blog took a backseat for a few days.
We almost don't want to get our hopes up to much. The progress has been good, but like waiting for a big event or Christmas sometimes it seems to be slow. Still not a full realisation that "move" time will very shortly be upon us.
The main things happening have been finish off of the kitchen,
tiling in ensuite and bathrooms and painting both inside and out.
The colours have all turned out even better than expected and we have had a lot of positive comments from passers by and tradesman.
You always worry what will it really look like when your going off small sample swatches. Our internal colour on the walls was "Malamute" and it's turned out great, maybe a slight olive tinge to it we were not expecting, but works very well.
The painting on the front of the house the wife has an issue with (colour wise - not workmanship) but we'll see how it looks with a bit more done to the house.
Other items such as shelving, door painting and installation, balcony railing, staircase handrail staining, front door staining and laundry tub installation have been happening as well.
To cut to the chase we have been asking our SS for a date over the past couple of weeks. Last Monday we had a good discussion that lead to an agreement for Final inspection around the 6th or 7th and hand-over around the 9th. It finally seems a bit more real !
In a related incident the SS left the company a couple of days later. We don't think we were that hard on him, so assume it was for other reasons. The Construction Manager at Wisdom, Frank has stepped in and will finish the house for us.
We've had a meeting with him and he's certain he can still hit the dates ! Yay!
We were happy with this outcome as some companies when staff leave just leave you hanging, but it has been pretty seamless to us. So all good.
The other items getting our attention have included finishing off the process of sorting out fencing and turf quotes, which we want to get done ASAP after move in. It pays to shop around a bit and not beleive everything you hear, especially when it comes to turf.
The main next steps are termite guard, driveway and paths, concrete alfresco area, electrical final, plumbing final and then carpets and floor tiles. Then we're In !!! (of course other bits and pieces as well)