It’s the day before Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for, our friends, our family (little one on the way), and so much more. Today was the final time we got to walk through the house before we close on December 2nd and get the keys on the third. We arrived at the development on the snowiest day so far of the season. It looked like a plow had been through the development once, but the snow and the wind had covered over most of the roads already. We pulled up to the house for the first time in two and half weeks. The shutters were on the house, the front door had its final coat of paint, and Dustin (our project manager) had part of the driveway shoveled for us and the garage door open. It is hard to believe that the house went up as quickly as it did and looks as good as it does. Dustin greeted us as we walked in from the garage. The fire place was on and it was quite a sight to see the flooring for the first time. We had picked out a laminate floor for the majority of the first floor and it looked remarkable up against the cabinets and counter tops. The carpet in the family room really plays well off the fireplace and the laminate in the kitchen too.
We spent the first part of the walk through going through the big manual of documents. Dustin talked about the warranties, what was covered, what was not. He also spoke about the follow up he would do around the beginning of January and the transition to the service department. In no time at all we began the final tour of the house, starting in the upstairs. All the rooms on second floor have rough ins for light fixtures (typically all they have are switches to an outlet), we got these for free. The first stop was the owner’s suite where he pointed out the wire organizers in each walk in closet and told us to make sure we don’t over load each section. He then pointed out some trim that was missed on one of the windows, showed us how to operate them, and we joked about kids throwing toys at windows.
Next we went into the owner’s bathroom. There was really quite a bit of light in the bathroom; we were really happy we decided to do the first upgrade which included ceramic tile and glass enclosed shower. The fiberglass shower enclosure really would have made the room look quite a bit more dark. He pointed out where just a few weeks prior there were leaks in the plumbing. He pointed out the supply lines for the double vanity. They had to tuck the access panel into the cabinets which was better than where he had originally thought it would be.
We went through the remainder of the second floor. There was quite a bit of talk around the automatic fan in the main hall bathroom. Because the house is so
buttoned up they need to circulate air in the house. Periodically the fan in this bathroom will kick on in order to do that so the air doesn’t become stale. We walked through the other bedrooms and headed down to the main floor. We had been marking imperfections in the drywall and paint but on the main floor is where we found quite a bit of oddities. It looked like perhaps one of the painters had not mixed the paint or was using a really old roller or something, so we marked off a lot of areas to touch up. We hit what will be the office, the dining room, and were on to the kitchen. We got the stainless steel appliance package for the kitchen which included a range, microwave, and dishwasher. These are all GE appliances and were actually upgraded from the package we had because some of the ranges were running out of stock. Score! The range has a really large viewing glass on the oven door and a warming area on the range top. The microwave also included a range fan and range light and had a lot more bells and whistles than any microwave I’ve seen recently. The next thing we checked out was the dishwasher; where Dustin pointed out that we shouldn’t use those little package soap thingys (apparently they are bad?)….
The morning room was next where we found an wiring issue on the switch panel. He had the morning room pre-wired for a ceiling fan, so that we can operate the light and fan separately with the flick of a switch. The family room was the next area we looked at. Let me tell you how nice the carpeting we picked out here feels on your feet! I really wish it would have been in the budget to go with that carpet and pad everywhere in the house. We were shown how to operate the gas fireplace. It actually puts out a lot more heat than I would have thought. Dustin told us we should get the pilot light on through the winter and we could turn it off in the summer. Because there is a vent to the outside, the pilot light would help to ensure the cold air doesn’t enter the house. The family room was where we found the most paint imperfections (that I mentioned earlier). The thermostat is also in the family room. Its a programmable thermostat that has 3 schedules, (1) Monday through Friday, (2) Saturday, and (3) Sunday. Each of these schedules have sub-schedules for Wake up, Morning, Work, Home, and Sleep. We have one very similar to this now and use it to help keep the utilities down.
Onto the mudroom where we saw the hookups for the drain and supply lines for the washer and the outlet for the dryer. We also had them install a utility sink which should come in handy. The laundry area also has similar wire shelves as the owner’s closets. We opened up the door to the garage and Dustin pointed out access to the attic space above the garage. He also showed us the keypad for the garage door. It was quite cold this morning so we didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the garage and were off to the basement. In the basement we saw a sub-par ceiling repair that had already been on the list of things to fix. We saw all the main water shut off valves, the fully documented electrical panel (our current homes breakers aren’t labelled until I needed to shut things off), the furnace, and how to change the filter.
All in all we are quite pleased, so far, with the quality of work. Dustin has been completely transparent with issues that arose and it was really reassuring to have him driving the train. He also complimented us on our choices on finishes and if I do say so myself, I think we did a good job. We’ve already starting packing up our current house. We just need to get it sold now. Our plan is to get the keys on the 3rd and slowly start to bring boxes over throughout the week. We are having our fridge, washer, and dryer delivered on our day off of work; as well as having the cable company out to turn on internet and television service. I tried setting up all the utilities today and was only successful with the sewer. Apparently for Wadsworth, who services water, electric, and trash, you need to apply in person. The gas company had left early for the day so we’ll need to setup and transfer all the other utilities after Thanksgiving. Then we start moving all the big stuff on Saturday, with the help of friends and family. Thanks to all in advance who are helping with that and are reading this. We are working out a timeline of events and we’ll let you know soon. 🙂
The remainder is the rest of the pictures I took today….