Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Love the house, but the truck does NOT fit.

If you've been following us, you know that the fact that our truck would not fit in the garage was a big deal.  We met with the SR manager and his words were "trust us" we will make sure it fits. Yeah, well, it doesn't. Unfortunately, we didn't pull in and check until we had closed. I don't feel like I have much recourse now. We were very happy with PM and indicated that on our survey when we closed, but not happy about the garage. We indicated that on the survey, but I'm pretty sure that won't have any impact on anything at all. So, when they say "trust us"... yeah... don't.
On another note, we do LOVE the house. Very few issues, nothing major yet to be addressed on our 30 day. We don't have a working alarm system yet, so no beeps when we go in and out. I've emailed the rep from Guardian to see how we get things going there. I promise to post pictures soon. Things are just still such a mess!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

We are in!

We moved in last weekend! Everything went well and looks great! Pics and update soon! We just got internet hooked up this morning!! Good luck to the rest of you still waiting!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day 91 - walkthrough tomorrow and we're finally locked out

We've been lucky so far to have been able to get in and see everything along the way.  We went in last night and everything was pretty much done except for appliances, light fixture in the entry way, and crown molding on the kitchen cabinets.  My brother was able to get in and check it out today and said the appliances are in. So, I think it's DONE! We have our walkthrough tomorrow, but we don't close until Monday. I was soooooo hoping we'd get to move this weekend. We have to be out of the apartment by Wednesday so closing Monday means moving Monday night and Tuesday. Anything I need to know about the walkthrough? I'm planning on being super picky especially since they'll have 5 days to fix it!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Day 88 - Landscaping

They have gotten LOTS done this week... but still plenty to finish up this weekend.  The PM said the painter is coming in this weekend to touch things up so he let us go ahead and mark things with blue painters tape that we wanted fixed. He had already done a lot and we added plenty.  So... we now have grass, bushes, columns on the front porch. The door has been painted. All of the cabinets in the kitchen are in.  The bathroom mirrors are in.
This was Wednesday.

This was Friday. Originally the tree was planted in the side yard, which I thought was a waste. So, PM was able to move it for us. :)


This is where siding has been ripped off the back of the house. I'm not sure how this even happened? Maybe when they installed the gutters?? This is being fixed of course.

They moved the TP holder. :)

Finally have these installed in the basement.

 I didn't realize this would be done. I'm guessing it's a moisture barrier of some sort.



Deck is done.

Upgraded door handle is in.



We aren't happy with the gaps in siding. Anyone have info on this? PM says it will expand with the humidity over the next few months. It looks cheap and I'm concerned about moisture getting in there. PM says there is moisture barrier behind it to take care of that. I'm seeing issues down the road with this. :(



All of the rod iron bars are in! Love it

All of the cabinets are hung! Now to shop for hardware. That's A LOT of doors and drawers... any recommendations on where to shop besides Home Depot, Menards and Lowes?

Crown molding is up in the dining room.

Mirror in the master


Close up of porch.
Shutters are coming this weekend or by Monday. Cleaners are coming Monday. Walkthrough Wednesday. We drove by this morning and there were several cars there!'s the list I can think of that needs to be done this weekend or at least by Wednesday's walkthrough:
Fix ripped siding.
Finish installing doorknobs on all doors, we are missing a couple.
Install all faucets
Install all toilets
Install pedestal sink in half bath
Fix the wiring to the island (they drilled the hole for the wire in the wrong place so no they have floored over the wire, thus no electricity on the island)
Install entry way light
Install light in half bath
Finish installing trim
LOTS of touch up paint
Install all appliances
Install shutters
We bought a light for my daughter's room this morning. We have our ceiling fans and our projector and receiver for the basement. We still need a light for the morning room.  It's getting really close!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Day 86 - grading and moved the TP holder!

We did get this list of things that will be happening over the next few days from our PM:

Final grade is happening today (this happened)
Gutters went on today (this happened)
Deck is being built today (this was started)
Trim carpenter did not make it back yesterday but will be there today or tomorrow (hopefully tomorrow, didn't come today)
Siding guy no showed last night but he is scheduled to be back today (this did not happen)
Granite will go in either today or tomorrow (this did not happen)
The plumber will be in tomorrow to wrap up his items
Electrician is scheduled for tomorrow to wrap up his loose ends
Seed and sod will go in on Monday
Painters will come back through on Friday.
Cleaners will be on Monday to give a good scrub down.
My husband noticed that for some reason above the morning room there were a couple strips of siding that appeared to have been broken off. Pretty long pieces.. not sure how it happened.
These are things we've noticed and we emailed PM about.  He's been great about addressing everything we've asked and hate to keep pointing out the bad things. But I'd rather tell him now to see if we can get some things fixed up front.
Here are the things we asked about after visiting the house tonight:
First, we've noticed there is no electrical outlet in the island. We noticed there was an electrical cord that came up out of the floor but it was between the island and the cabinet. It has since been floored over and the cord is sticking out where the dishwasher will go
Second, we noticed in the basement that we can feel the creases in the concrete through the carpet. I would hope those creases would be filled so that these aren't obvious.
Third, we noticed they started the deck.  We think the deck is supposed to be 16 x 14 with the longest part of the deck along the back of the house. It looks like they have put in the deck supports with the longer side extending from the house. It's hard to tell for sure since just the supports are in.
Fourth, we've noticed that the stain on the stairs has lighter parts, will there be more stain on the stairs?
Fifth, There are several gaps between siding strips even some places where you can see the silver wrap in between them. Will those be tightened up? I'm concerned about moisture getting in there.
Finally, we've noticed a lot of imperfections in the paint. The biggest concerns are the master bedroom north wall and the north wall going down to the basement. When the painter comes back, will he be sanding and fixing those kinds of things, or just touching up?
So not much happened on the inside of the house today... except they DID move that toilet paper holder! Thank goodness! :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Day 85 - 3 days of no work

So... I know it was the holiday weekend...but no work today? And we have our pre-settlement walkthrough a week from tomorrow? PM says the next 3 days will be extremely busy. I sure hope he's right.  The bad thing about  no work getting done is every time we go to the house we keep noticing things that just aren't done right.  I'm sure they'll fix most of these things, but I'm tired of seeing imperfections.... tonight we noticed this one.
Will there be directions somewhere as to how you get a roll of toilet paper on this holder... and what's the point of it being so far away that you have to get up to get some? I hope they get a lot done tomorrow. :(
Still to be done:
Install Cabinets
Install remainder of cabinets in kitchen
Install remainder of siding
Install and paint pillars on the front porch
Install doorknobs on all doors
Install all faucets
Install all toilets
Install pedestal sink in half bath
Fix the wiring to the island (they drilled the hole for the wire in the wrong place so no they have floored over the wire, thus no electricity on the island)
Build Deck
Final Grade, Sod, and landscaping.
Install handrail to the basement
Install banister at the bottom of the stairs
Install entry way light
Install light in half bath
Finish installing trim
LOTS of touch up paint
Install all appliances
Install front door with upgraded handles
Install gutters
Install shutters
Those are the things I can think of off the top of my head... that seems like ALOT in a very short amount of time!