This blog post will be a mess. You've been warned.
Today was supposed to be our final walk through, however, so much wasn't done ... we couldn't REALLY do that.
Now, that's not entirely our PM's fault. A lot has been pretty much 3 weeks of rain. Which has sucked. But ... still.
Our home inspection:
On Saturday we hired the same inspector who did our pre-drywall because he's awesome. We were there for almost five hours as he scoured through the house. We found a lot of things that needed to be resolved, nothing that was terrible, though. Everything is definitely fixable. The electrical should've been fixed today (I believe).
- Roofing issues, should be by Thursday, as well as plumbing things.
- Lots of caulking needs to happen.
- Cleaning, drywall repairs.
The tile. Oh, the tile. We actually had the flooring people come meet us because I was at the edge of my very small rope. Since the tile was installed I had issues with it. I mean, it's been a freaking nightmare. So, after finally losing my cool this weekend and we threatened to delay closing, the managers all met me.
Now, I'm a <strike>pretty</strike> sometimes easy going about things. I can push when I need to, but I'm not always the most forceful. Since the day the tile went it, I've hated it. There have been a lot of issues, and none of them really got resolved.
I finally lost my shit.
We'll see on Friday how much has been fixed. I really hope it is because I don't even know what I'll do.
It is really amazing how fast this goes. Throughout the process, it felt like nothing was moving. Then once framing is up, it FLIES by.
We're now in the final stretches and it's really amazing to see the house come together. When you pick your tile, floors, carpet, and fixtures ... you're using imagination to pull it all in a cohesive way. Which is freaking hard!
Things that were fixed:
1. Tile. FOR THE MOST PART, the tile has been fixed. There's still a lot left to be desired and I plan to work through that, but for today, I'm just taking the small wins I have.
2. Wiring - they did move the wiring for our internet access to the office (instead of the stupid dining room).
We still have some small things that need to be looked at, but each day another thing is crossed off our list, which makes my little OCD self happy.
The last few photos had all the floors protected and covered while they were still in the construction parts. Now, that's all cleaned up and we can actually see it all.
First, I have to say, I'm so freaking in love with my selections. I was SO worried about the floors with the backsplash and carpet not looking right, I can breathe. It's beautiful and living in it is going to make me smile. Especially once it's painted and all done.
I took some photos since you can see more of how it went for the rooms.
Ahhh! The siding, gutters, lights, and exterior are all done. We had a lot of issues with moving the flood lights, but now they're where I want them, so YAY.
The inside is going along. Kitchen is done, backsplash, floors, carpet, and fixtures are in. I went through with our PM and marked all the tiles that were laid wrong, when I went back yesterday, the tape was gone ... I really hate these freaking tile guys.
We have a lot of things not done yet, and some cabinets need to be fixed in the bathrooms.
But we still have about two weeks until our final walk through, so I'm sure it'll be done by then.
We scheduled our full home inspection a few days before that so we have the results by the time we walk through with the builder. I definitely recommend doing that after a lot of research.
An update on the issues I had in the last post.
1. The wiring is being moved and I was assured that it was no problem at all.
2. Tiles are supposed to be fixed.
3. Flood lights were moved.
I can't remember exactly what else we were upset about, but I know we went over it with the PM.
At this point, I'm just feeling really odd. I'm excited, nervous, ready, and just want everything to go smoothly from this point ... but I'm sure it won't.
Now, I'm getting to do some of the fun stuff. I'm picking out blinds, sofa, new table and chairs, and light fixtures because the ones they put up aren't my thing.
I probably shouldn't be writing this today since I'm really unhappy, but ... I'm sure my friends would prefer it to be crying to them.
I woke up this morning with this sinking feeling in my chest that something was wrong with the house. Since we're in that 10,000 subcontractor phase, it feels like I've lost the build. I know it sounds weird, but it's all these other people who really don't care the way I felt it did in the beginning.
1. Some of the things aren't bad.
2. It's still coming along.
3. They *should* meet the date.
4. The siding is beautiful. (I was super worried)
1. A lot of shit that's "done" is wrong and shitty workmanship.
- The knobs on the doors are all off. There is a cabinet that doesn't match the others (I've been assure this will be fixed with no issues).
- The tile work is horrible. I'm sorry, but I'm about to lose my mind on some of it. The tiles are crooked, sinking, off center, wrong grout used (I picked specific grout to match different things).
- The shower door that's been "hung" has a huge gap ... (we were told this will be fixed as well).
2. Wiring issue.
This is honestly what has me heated today. We had the upgrade for wiring internet service in our house. I paid a lot of money for this. I was VERY clear (also we sign a floor plan) that the router was to go in my office. They put it in the effin dining room. Our house is a reverse model. Well, some idiot didn't pay attention.
I have no idea how much time we'll lose since I'm assuming they need to rip out dry wall. But it needs to be fixed. Who the hell would put their router in the dining room? Seriously. No one thought, this is weird ... ??
3. Lighting wiring issue
Again this goes to someone just not caring. I don't think any of them do care, honestly. Our PM does, but the contractors that work for him ... not so much.
We were very specific as to where the flood light has to go in the back, they put it ABOVE the window of the Princess Suite. Why? Why? Why would you put a FLOOD LIGHT above a window where a kid will sleep? Like, does that sound practical to ANYONE?
Sure, child, while you sleep, let me flip the outside light on and ... oh, I don't know, shine a flood light into your room.
I'm not happy.
I'm pretty sure I'm overreacting to how I feel, but whatever. I'm grateful I live so close that I can check on things because I can't imagine being far away and not being able to catch all the little things they screw up.
I have a running tally.
My biggest issue is that I HATE confrontation. I don't want to be that pain in the ass who is pointing out every issue, but I'm also not going to suck it up. We're paying way too much for this house to have a subpar build.
So, I'm going to drink some wine and try to calm myself.