Thursday, December 04, 2008

Official Home Owners

It has been a whirlwind of credit card swiping, lousy customer service and trying to get anything done before the Christmas break this past week. It seemed like time switched to hyper mode the moment we received the keys to our house on Saturday. We are thrilled to be official home owners, but overwhelmed with just how much work is up ahead.
Although the house is officially done, we have opted to do the flooring and carpeting, so that means we won't be moving in until the 10th... that's if everything goes as planned. The timber floors should be done by Monday and the carpeting by Tuesday. All our kitchen appliances will also be delivered and installed after we move in. The home builder had mentioned that theft often happens between turn over and occupancy, so we decided it would be best to have anything worth stealing delivered after we move in.
My future kitchen... there's so much space I have no idea what to fill it up with!

Even before we received the keys to our house, we had already started making some calls to arrange for other things we will need when we move in. The telephone, broadband, cable tv and utilities were easy enough, though it took ages on the phone to get it all set up and scheduled. What we didn't realize would take so long would be the curtains, blinds and fencing. The curtains we ordered won't be available for installation until early February! And now that I've started calling around fencing companies to have the fencing between us and all our neighbors redone, I find they are all not accepting work until mid-January! I thought the whole Christmas marketing scam only held true in the Philippines or the States, but sheesh, NOTHING can get done from mid-December to mid-January in Australia! Companies actually shut down their offices the week before Christmas until mid-January. I think that is abit too much.

So instead of wasting our time and tears complaining and whining about the whole shut down thing, we have accepted the fact that we will have a few exposed windows until Valentines day and rotting fences until the Three Kings have gone home. I haven't even gone through the whole list of to do things yet. I'm sure I'll be writing more about all these happy things after we have moved in.

But in the meantime, Hubby is super excited about his pool room. He has made it his mission to make it the ultimate Man Cave. He has ordered a top of the line Brunswick Championship edition pool table that will be delivered in millions of pieces and will take the delivery guys up to 6 hours to assemble it. He is also braving the toxic fumes of the varnishes he is slathering on all the wooden panels he will be putting up on the walls which will match the Vegas style carpet. And when the tiling in his toilet is done, I will definitely post a picture of it. All I can say for now is that the tiles in his toilet are the most expensive ones in the whole house.
Here's Hubby and Pop covering the driveway with crushed rock as a temporary ground cover.

And since the home builder is strictly the home builder, they did not do any of the surrounding areas around the house. Our front and backyard looks like a deserted parking lot, there's no driveway and some major dirt moving needs to be done to carve out the left side of our lot to lead to the back of our house. All I can say is that Hubby will be doing alot more digging in the months to come.

So now the real countdown begins! 6 more days until we start our new life in our brand new house!


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christao17 said...

Yeah! Congratulations! Not sure what to do with all that kitchen space? Have me come over and cook in it!

info said...

I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!!! Cook and bake lots k!- ragamuffin

info said...

hey you can always ask me what to fill it up with, gadgets and pans and knives galore hahaha