Today at noon, when we met the builder at our house to review the recently painted master bedroom, and the kitchen backsplash tile, he said that the house is on schedule to be completed by the tenth of December. Or a week from Friday.
Also today, we received an email from our mortgage bank saying that the initial appraisal had been completed already. The written report should be in the bankers hands later this week. Of course since the house isn’t completely finished yet the appraiser will have to return, costing us another $100.
There are only a few items left on the list. Interior painting should be done late this afternoon. The exterior trim and exposed foundation still needs to be painted. The master bath garden tub will be installed tomorrow, along with toilets and the pedestal sink in the downstairs half bath. The fireplace tile surround, and the master tub tile surround will be finished on Wednesday.
All the light fixtures we selected have been delivered to the house and will go up later in the week. Carpet for the two upstairs bedrooms (our office and our guest/television room), as well as on the stairs and in the studio will be installed next Wednesday.
The builder said he’ll be glad to install a mailbox for us, we just need to pick one out at Home Depot. We asked him about storm doors and he said we’d likely get a better installation price if we have the Home Depot installer do it, so we’ll look into that.
Landscaping will happen next week; we are still waiting for the estimate on what we want. We are leaning toward putting sod down in the front yard and leaving the sides and back until spring to complete. There will be some grading around the northeast corner of the house and a small retaining wall there. We’ve selected a River Birch tree for that corner of the house, but we omitted the shrubs normally put in to allow us to plant our own plants. We dug up all the plants we want to bring with us from the old house and hope to plant them at the new house as soon as possible.
Both of us are wondering a little bit what it will feel like when the house is done and we are moved. For so long now the major topic of discussion has been the house. We have a huge emotional investment in it so far, and the anticipation has been building since August. I’m sure there will be a sense of relief that it is finally completed. However, there may also be a little let down as this major, all-consuming activity will have ended.
One week and four days.