Final inspection day!!

Posted by Cath Swan |

We had our final appointment with the builder today. Yesterday our house passed inspection from the building inspector, and today we signed off on our house with just a few paint touch ups etc.

The Certificate of Occupancy will now be sent to us from Porter Davis, which we will then send to the bank. The bank then has 5-7 working days to pay Porter Davis and then Settlement happens and we get the keys!!

This will hopefully happen in about 2 weeks. Still a mind-numbingly long wait when we're this close, but really great that it's not too much longer.

Above is with our final render coat finished and all but the left down pipe to be painted. We love the final colour of the render with the white moulding. We're very happy with the final look of the house, which you really don't know if you got right until you see the finished product. :)



Posted by Cath Swan |

Well this week has been a roller-coaster of emotion. The house is so nearly finished we could live there. But there are these annoying last things needed like 'plumbing' etc, that are stopping us from finalising things.

We were told yesterday by our Building Manager that because tradies aren't turning up to jobs, that it would be at least another 4 weeks until we could look at moving into the house. This threw everything out of whack and messed up our end date for our current rental, not to mention trying to plan time off work, trucks and finalising appointments.

We were both so frustrated yesterday and there was nothing we could do about it! After a couple of people's recommendations, today we started to rattle a few cages. We pressed with our Building Manager about our need to finish the house by the end date we gave notice on our rental. And after lots of back and forth, he is going to try and push it thru by the beginning of November. So we'll see if this happens.

This Friday we have the final inspection, and we're hoping the bank can then jump to it and everything will finalise within a couple of weeks.

Fortunately today, we went to look thru the windows of the house, and our Building Manager turned up. We were able to look through the house.

The final coat on the front doors was done,
looking so good. We were able to walk on our carpet, and experience the upgraded underlay to improve the life of our carpet! I recommend if you can afford to get the highest quality underlay then do it, its very nice to walk on; and it's meant to lengthen the life and durability of your carpet.

They have also taken away the wire bin and toilet, so the front of our house is looking great! In the next couple of days the render will be finished. Today they had painted the moulding on top of the render, and then they will finish the render with the last coat.

So it's looking great, and if our Building Manager can just get the tradies to return we will be enjoying our home very soon!!



Posted by Cath Swan |

Sorry folks, no photos to update.

We went out today and everything was locked up, so couldn't get any photos. But the carpet is all in and finished. All the basins and kitchen sink are in. The taps and mixers are still to be put in.

The final inspection is meant to be tomorrow and we haven't heard any different, but we are thinking there are still the above things, plus cleaning and finishing render, painting door and lights on the outside still to be finished. Not to mention patching holes in walls and paint touch ups from careless tradies. So we won't be surprised if they put that off until next week.

We are very happy to be towards the end, but we think there will still be a couple of weeks before we hold those wonderful house keys in our hands.


Testing patience....

Posted by Cath Swan |

Well after the last post where we were expecting to be moving in the next couple of weeks, we found out that Porter Davis had actually sent us the wrong email. So after giving notice on our current rental for a month ahead, we were a little concerned to find out the email sent to us was actually for someone else! Not exceedingly professional.

Thankfully, our final inspection date is scheduled for between the 15-19th October, settlement will then be in the next two or so weeks. We were informed that 'everything' has to be finished by the final inspection date, after that it's just getting final payment from the bank and any last minute fix up jobs. So we are now expecting to be in around the beginning of November.

Today our front doors are finally on with first coat of paint. The moulding on top of the render has gone on, all still to be painted but looks great.

They have done a whole house clean in preparation for putting the carpet down, so floors are clean, and all the windows were crystal clear.

We are now counting down the days!!


Nearly there!

Posted by Cath Swan |

We got an email on Thursday to say that the 'Practical completion' Inspection would be on Friday just gone. It then continued to say that 'Settlement' would be a week or two after that.

We thought with all the things needing finishing it would still be another month, but actually when you look around there is not that much to be finished!

The shower screens have both been put on and look great. The bathrooms just need the toilets and bath and tap fittings etc put on.

All the heating and cooling is in including the controls. We have evaporative cooling which was part of our 'extras' deal, just in time for summer! So nearly all the rooms have 2 vents in the ceiling, one for heat and one for cooling.

Today we had to look threw windows as everything was locked up. All the lights and power points are in, and the Telstra smart wiring has been started. Half our lights are down-lights and the others are batons, which we will have to get light shades for.

We are now in full blown packing mode, so posts may be a little sparse until after we move which at this stage will be in 2-3 weeks.