On Saturday, we went up to the house and did our own walk through / punch list so we could look closely at everything on our own before going through the house with our field manager. This was recommended by a lot of people on Houzz, and while I’m glad we did it, it probably made us (me, anyway) more anxious than it should have because we saw lots of little touch-ups that needed to be done, and a couple things–one floorboard in particular that wasn’t even with the others and a cabinet door that looked off but probably just needs to be tightened–that we were unhappy about. We also worried about just how picky we could be and what requests are unreasonable. Read More
Our home inspection this morning was great! The inspector was thorough and gave us (and our field manager) a report with a bunch of photos he took, notes on condition and areas that need attention, and some maintenance tips. Aside from cosmetic issues (drywall touch-ups, etc.), the only issues he flagged were one widow that had some faulty springs, causing it to slam shut, and issues with the lawn grading and water runoff and pooling (because, as you can clearly see from the first photo below, nothing has been done with the lawn yet). Even though he didn’t find any major problems, we’re really glad we got the inspection done, just for peace of mind.
All the lighting looks a little weird in the photos (sorry, that’s what happens when my photography skills meet an iPhone camera) and the house looks more yellowish than it really is.
Good news from our field manager, too–they did not forget my extra bathroom outlet! It’s just hiding. Apparently they had a hard time finding it behind the cabinet and have yet to cut it out.
6 weeks til closing week–which also hopefully means moving week! We’re talking with our landlord tomorrow to see if she’ll let us out of our lease early if we can move out by July 1, which would save us about the cost of the move. She’s only been our landlord for a few months, but she has been reasonable and flexible so far. The tricky thing is that she’s going to be out of the country while we’re moving, so there’s not much incentive for her to get us out early (since she’s probably moving in after us rather than renting to new tenants). I’m keeping my fingers crossed all the same. Read More
Since the loft is bigger and the flex room is more open than we expected, we’re rethinking our plans for those spaces. My office is going to go in the loft, and we’re going to make the flex room into a library / piano room right away.
Here are a few pins from my loft/library inspiration board.
Must have: Piano, comfy chair(s), and lots of books.
Drums: No. Bar cart: Yes.
Love all of this, except the chair.
I think we could pull something like this off.
Of course, it will probably be a while before we can replace our clavinova, which was a gift from my parents and we’ve loved having. But a dedicated piano room kind of deserves a baby grand, right? ;) We certainly couldn’t buy a new one, but there are a surprising number of pianos on Craig’s List. Adam and I have been talking about one day having a piano/music room and library long before that fateful day we drove up to the model home, so I think it’s meant to be.
We had our pre-drywall walkthrough with our field manager yesterday, during which we went through a checklist of what’s been done on the house so far and took a bunch of pictures so we have a record of what’s behind the drywall. Lots of the photos looked the same (a bedroom is pretty much a bedroom), but here’s a small selection that gives an idea of what the inside of the house looks like at this point. Read More