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Well, we have finally made it…. Handover day is tomorrow, Thursday 20th June 2013. Exactly 140 days since construction commenced. I still remember the first day we saw the land had been scrapped, how excited we both were, and still are. It certainly has been a very big journey, full of ups and downs and some twists and turns.
For the first time in my life, I’m actually looking forward to cleaning. *YIKES*
Deliveries and connections have all been arranged, although we have to survive the first couple of days with no heating, no gas or hot water. UH-OH!!!
Coming soon will be a photo edition of the whole construction process, from day 1 to the end.
It’s been close to a week since our final inspection, and we hadn’t heard our expected handover date yet.
So, we asked.
The response almost gave me a heart attack. Handover was going to be on 14/7 (14th of July). My heart literally started pounding. In my head I was using as many curse words as possible.
That’s because our lease ends 27th June.
So, I thought it best to clarify. I texted, left a voicemail message, and then waited. All the while still swearing in my head. Then came the response. I didn’t really want to look though.
It basically said, hey sorry, it was supposed to say 14/6 (14th June) or 17/6 (17th June).
***PHEW*** was I relieved.
So, 8 days to go!!!!!!
Hey guys, so it’s been 4 months. And over that time there has been many highs, and many lows.
However, we are definitely in the final leg of this journey.
We went prepared with all our paperwork, the contract, colour selections, the inspection checklist, a sink plug and a phone charger.
On arriving at the house, we noticed that the door was open and someone walking about inside. It was our Pre handover guy, Tristan. We walked in, and noticed that the “builders clean” isn’t really a clean at all. Tristan suggested giving it a full clean after handover then another full clean once we have moved in.
He then started by going through paperwork stuff. Explaining how to organise the installation of appliances, people to contact if things go wrong, warranties on the build etc etc. He also said that until the appliances were in, and the hot water service and gas turned on, that we would have no heater or hot water. Lucky J is able to take time off to allow all the installations to happen over a couple of days.
We then inspected each room. Starting at the front of the house. As per usual, there are always things you will find that would need to be fixed. Uneven paintwork, dinted plaster, bubbled plaster, even our en-suite mirror was completely out of whack, oh, and the shower head was missing, no one really knows why. By the end of inspecting the internals, there really wasn’t that much too be fixed. Oh, and the bifold doors couldn’t be opened as they’d been rendered inoperable due to the back being to high off the ground.
We then moved to the garage where Tristan demonstrated how it works, even if there is a power outage. At one point, J tested it, and thought he’d broken it. Haha.
We then moved outside, did a slow walk around. There was a very long metal tube installed around the house perimeter, to guard against termites. But that had already been covered with dirt. We were just shown where the plastic caps were and told not to move or cover them. Apart from that, there weren’t many issues at all.
Our major issue with the outside was the location of the retaining wall, and the amount of dirt that had been dug out to accommodate it. It creeps over our boundary onto the next property. Tristan said we can remove around half of the scoria that is behind the retaining wall and fill it with dirt again. No big deal then.
We then made our way back into the house, had a final chat, found a couple more mistakes. Then Tristan told us it should be about a week to ten days before we do handover. And as long as we have our final payment ready by then, and we agree that the issues have been fixed, they can give us our keys there and then. OMG!
That means anywhere between June 7 and June 14 is when we officially become “Home-Owners”!
This has been a very good experience overall. Henley have been great to work with, their staff very keen to deliver a great standard of service, and our site supervisor Dan, made the whole experience much more enjoyable than we had imagined.
Now onto the final stretch! We will have the competed pictures available once handover is complete.
Following on from the previous post, I had the pleasure of actually going inside the house on Monday. Firstly though, I had to take off my shoes (Should have worn slip-ons). There are warning signs at all the entries for people to remove their shoes, due to the floor just being laid. There is also a sign on the kitchen benchtop warning tradies to keep their tools off.
I had about 15 minutes to walk around and admire the additions of the floors (the carpet is being finished off today, Tuesday), the paint touchups (most of the red dots are gone).
The towel rails, toilet roll holder etc are all in place. The house is raring to go.
The final details of our blinds have been chosen, and the company has now measured all windows.
Our Final Inspection is this Friday 31st May with a representative from Henley named Tristan, not Dan (SS). Although, Dan confirmed our earlier concern about the capping above the stack stone would be fixed. Hopefully before the Final Inspection, but if not, before handover.
Any way. Till Friday, wish us the best. Enjoy the pics. There are 3 Panoramic Photos.
Photos 1 & 2 give you a 360 degree view of the main area of the house (Hallway, Study, Living, Dining and Kitchen)
Photo 3 is of the Master En-suite.
We decided to do a Public Transport run to the house to gauge times. It’s actually quite an easy trip. Bit of walking, which is fine. But I have myself a new job starting in July closer to the home so I can drop off and pick up my husband at the train station.
In any case, we had to walk through the developing wetlands to reach the house. It is beautiful, and will only get better over time. There was already an array of birds swimming in the lake.
Reaching the house, the first thing we noticed was that our garage door was installed. It matches the facade perfectly.
We weren’t able to get inside the house, but by peaking through all windows we could see the floorboards were complete. And the carpet was in all rooms, but just needed to be finished off.
I get to go inside on Monday when the blinds guys go to measure windows. And then our Final Inspection on Friday.
We will have photos in the next post for you all. 🙂
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