Friday, 7 September 2012

We got our keys!!!

I am very excited to say we settled our house today!  We met with our SS, Kane, at 12:45 pm today and did our final walk through then went to the bank to pick up our cheque (not without drama) and then off to head office for our 3 pm meeting. 

We are now the proud owners of our very beautiful home. 

Went straight from head office to the house to crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate our new beginning.  Then we got stuck into cleaning.  Despite the builders cleaners having gone through the place, it was still very dirty.  Poor hubby has been cleaning the floors due to me hurting my back and being unable to do anything.  We get our first furniture delivery tomorrow morning which I am very excited about.  The whole move will be done and dusted by Monday afternoon.

We are really happy with our new home.  It is amazing that just 1 year ago (and 3 days....but who's counting???) we put the deposit down on our block of land and now here we are, ready to move in. 

SO much to do this weekend but I will be back next week with some photos once we have everything in!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Settlement Date Is Booked

We finally received the very anticipated email from our SS today with our Settlement Date.  We are booked in for lunchtime on Friday then to head office straight after.

We did have a few issues which ended in me emailing EB management.  We weren't happy with being told the same thing over and over again and nothing actually happening.  We did have a concern that our warranty period would be almost over by the time we moved in!  According to the website, the 13 week warranty starts from PCI.  Given that we are almost 6 weeks past PCI we weren't happy with this being the case.  We were assured that the 13 weeks would start from the date of settlement so that has made us very relieved!

This afternoon, we went up to the house to see the brickies had FINALLY been and replaced all the broken bricks.  The painters were there also doing some touch ups.  Tomorrow the brickies will finish off, the garage wall will be Moroka and the down pipes will be installed.  The only other thing to do is a big clean up!

So fingers crossed I will be back on Friday to show you our new house keys!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Getting closer

We met with our SS this morning and went over the brick issues.  So, we are having all the broken bricks around the outside of the house fix, any mortar touch ups that need doing will be done.  The inside of the garage wall will be Moroka (bag & paint) which will cover up the cracks in the bricks.  The cracks are purely a cosmetic issue not structural so this will just make it look better and save them having to replace every single brick!!!!

So the big big big exciting is looking like we will get our keys at the end of next week!!!!  I am very excited (in case you couldn't tell).  I can't wait to get hold of those keys and know it is finally ours.

We realised today that we started this process almost a year ago to the day.  We paid the deposit for the block of land on Father's Day last year.  It's amazing how fast the year has gone and how close we are to moving into our little home. 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

The bricks

Our biggest headache (to date!) has been the bricks.  We did our PCI and there were a lot of cracked bricks (hair line cracks).  We have since been told that if the crack is under 2mm it isn't an issue, that it falls under the tolerance.  We got an email yesterday asking if we wanted to Moroka the garage and front of the house to speed up the settlement process.  We had no idea what Moroka was so we went and had a look at The Ponds display home (never thought we would have to go back out there again!!!).  Neither of us were thrilled with the finish so we said no, we just want the bricks sorted.

For those that don't know what moroka is, here is an example:


 So, now we are waiting to hear back from our SS as to what is going to happen and when we are going to be able to do our settlement.  It will be 4 weeks on Monday since our PCI so we are getting a little over it now as we were told 2-3 weeks from PCI to Settlement.

We shall see what the new week brings......hopefully some very good news.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Waiting, waiting, waiting......

We still haven't heard about when we can expect settlement.  From what we can tell, the inside is all sorted but the bricks are still the issue.  They were supposed to be in last week but didn't make an appearance and they haven't been in this week yet either.  Getting a little frustrated right now!!! 

Other work is being done though which is good.  Our fence started going in yesterday and should be done by today (all going well!).  The landscapers are coming through next week (I think) to do the retaining wall out the back. 

I am hoping to have a more positive update very soon!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Post PCI work

Firstly, I forgot to include the scratched benchtop in the ensuite on the list of things to fix.  Hubby so kindly pointed that out to me when he read through my list on the blog!!!!!!

The tilers were back and have finished the rear hallway which looks fantastic.  So, so happy with it!  There is some extra blue tape around the house so we are assuming that Tyrrell's have been and done their inspection. 

The driveway was finished off this week.  Very happy with it. 

Paving beginning

Paving complete

So hopefully now we will hear from our SS this week and find out when we are looking at our settlement date.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

PCI Done!

We met with our SS yesterday for our PCI.  When we got there, the painters were already inside working.  Started outside and found a lot of cracked bricks and chipped bricks.  There is also some sections where the mortar needs to be touched up.  Lots of blue tape spots all over the bricks!!!!  Move inside and there were a lot of paint touch ups needed.  After 3 1/2 hours, we had about 22 things on our list of things to be fixed.  Aside from the bricks/mortar/paint they included:

Changing soap dishes in showers (we upgraded and standard were installed)
Change alfresco tiles to correct tile
Move a power point to correct spot
Add a wardrobe door (one missing in my son's room)
Finish tiling to rear hallway
Replace a few tiles that were loose or chipped (laundry/bathroom/ensuite)
Fix a few tiles on the roof
Fix leaking guttering at front of house

So overall, nothing major.  The biggest job would probably be changing all the outside tiles to the correct colour.  SS said 2-3 weeks but will let us know next week when our settlement date would be. 

We also met with the landscaper yesterday to discuss the retaining wall out the back.  Waiting to get the quote back in for that one.  Also had our blinds guy come and do the final measure up for the roman blinds and shutters. 

Got a bit of shopping to do still.  Looking for bar stools at the moment.  I think I may have found some that will work. Just have to get hubby to have a look.  The rest of my shopping will have to wait until we have the settlement date!!!!