Monday, 19 May 2014

All moved in!

What a crazy week!
Last week was insane and I was certain it wasn't going to go to plan...somehow we got there, by 4pm Friday 16th May the keys were in my hand!
The bank organised a valuation walkthrough on Thursday and received the report back the same day. The final step was to send the payment to the bank. 
As the bank is in WA it is not a case of walking in to a branch to grab the cheque. As I was losing all hope I received an email from the bank offering to make a real time payment to the builder on the Friday which would take a couple of hours (not days) to be received. It cost me $30 but was worth it!
I was at the Builders office in the Docklands by 3:30pm to collect all of the keys, warranties and necessary information. I was also given a gift hamper of wine, glasses and spreads.

We had the removal truck booked for the next day and excitedly moved house!
I transported all 5 cats on my own and although it was a stressful ride they are settling in well.
Our kitchen appliances and hot water is being installed this Wednesday followed by ducted heating programming on Thursday.
We had the concrete paths done around the house today and our new fridge arrived! 
The NBN technician came out and said the pipes under the ground are blocked, he can not carry out the job. We contacted our builder who then put in a few phone calls and was told that the land estate have known about the blockage for some time...so we cancelled the second Telstra appointment which was due to happen tomorrow so we could investigate who has the responsibility of a fix. I then received a phone call today from the land estate office reps telling me there was no problem reported and as far as they are concerned we are good to go!
Then Telstra calls me today and informs me that NBN Co have fixed the communication issue in the lines and we can now book out appointments- they are happening next week. I'm so confused about this saga but too tired to care...I am letting these appointments play out and shall see what happens!

I am just so happy to be in my new home! 





Sunday, 11 May 2014

All packed and ready to go!


Week 17.


So we "signed off" on the house last week. All is well apart from a door frame that has a chip in it - apparently it can't be fixed. Oh well. It's not the end of the world and you can't really see it. If they fill it and repaint it will just chip away again every time you close the door.

So the plan was for HBC to obtain the occupancy certificate last week, hand our file over to accounts who would then request final payment from the bank. We would then need to sign a payment authority, send it back to the bank and then go and pick up keys!

As this is pretty standard the builder said we would be fine to organise NBN technicians, fencing, concrete paths and a few other things we wanted to do from Monday 19th May as we would be in our house by then...
So that is exactly what we did - we have our bins arriving from Council on the 19th, our fridge being delivered and the concrete commencing. We also have the first NBN technician coming out on the 19th too. We then have the 2nd NBN appointment (yes there are two) for the 21st of May, getting soil delivered for the backyard and the fencing on the 22nd. It all sounds pretty organised doesn't it?

WELL IT'S NOT TO BE.

Our builder is still waiting on the occupancy certificate which means our file has not gone to accounts and seeings as the bank have casually told us in an email they are short staffed, it doesn't look like everyone will get their act together this week for us to be able to collect keys.

We won't have to cancel the bins and the first NBN appointment as the technician doesn't need access to the inside of our house but someone does need to be there so it looks like I will be twiddling my thumbs out the front of our new pretty house without access.
At least I will be kept busy on my phone canceling the rest of the appointments (if need be).

So this week ahead is a stomach in knots kind of week...I have been very lucky up to this point.
Just as well we kept our rental property until the end of May!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

All FINISHED!


Week 16.


The house is completed. Finished. Wow. We are finally here!

Continuing on from the previous post, we contacted the site supervisor about the landscaping after a sleepless night of worry.
He went to have a look at our place, called back and said that the landscaping would be fixed. Phew!
So this week saw the side garden bed be extended out to our boundary line, the pebbles were topped up in our garden and a plant was put in front of the taps in an effort to disguise them. It didn't work - I mean, one plant? It's a bulb in the grass but whatever! I would rather do that bit myself anyway!

The glass splashback was in and I really like it! It will look even better once the appliances are in but that won't happen until after handover.

We have contacted the builders concreter about coloured concrete paths around the house and received a quote. This will be happening on the 19th May which is after we are expected to get keys.

So next Tuesday 6th May 2014 is our "New Home Presentation" where we have our final visit with the SS to check out the splashback and the fix it jobs from PCI #1 and SIGN OFF.