Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Getting Settled

We're still here and catching up on everyone's progress! Can't believe how fast time has gone and we've been in for almost 3 weeks. We're getting furniture ordered to fill this empty house, but it won't be here until after the New Year.   Our 30 days walk through is next Friday, so we are getting our list of things together.  Nothing major, so we're thankful for that.  Below are some pics of our place now that we're settled.  We're ordering binds and installing curtains this weekend so it will look more complete.  Can't wait to get it all decorated for Christmas!

Her backside and a good idea of how big our yard is.

Morning Room

Formal living room.  Our Christmas tree is going here this year, so all the decorations are in those boxes.

Foyer... LOVE the hardwood!

View from the sitting area at the top of the foyer

2nd Bath

Sitting area in master

Master Bedroom

Master Bath,  love the granite and cabinets together!

Jacuzzi tub, shower to the right, toilet to the left and 2nd walk in closet straight ahead

As I'm uploading these, I realized how hard it is to get an accurate picture of the size of the rooms, but you can get an idea.  Also, didn't upload any pictures of the other rooms, because there isn't anything in them and they all look the same!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quick update- We're done!

So this is going to be a quick update.  Tuesday we had our final walk through with our PM and it went well.  He already got some of the items from the independent inspection report completed by the time we go there on Tuesday.  There were some things we wanted to show him in person so he could get a better idea what we were talking about.  Most disappointing were the finishing touches on the house that were skipped.  Fast forward to today when we finally closed!  Process lasted about 45 minutes and we didn't have any problems.  After we got the keys we of course went to the house, only to find some of the major things we had stated on Tuesday were not fixed.  Don't know if they will be fixed now or if we will have to wait until our 30 day, but its highly disappointing since we were under the impression everything on Tuesday would be fixed by today.  We're moving this weekend with the help of our families and have about two more boxes to be packed.  Tomorrow hubby will be working on installing fans and sealing the tile in our bathroom, kitchen and morning room.  I'll update with pictures once we get settled sometime next week!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Final Independent Inspection

Our final walkthrough with Ryan Homes was to be Friday, but on Monday it was delayed by our PM due to the tile issues still not being resolved.  He wants to present a complete house to us, which I understand, but we brought this issue up over two weeks ago.  Final walkthrough has been moved to Tuesday and we will be closing Wednesday or Thursday.  Not sure which date we're closing because PM says he needs until Thursday, but NVR is saying it is still Wednesday as originally scheduled.  We were given the green light to continue with our independent inspection on Saturday which lasted about 4 hours.  We went over every inch of the house and should receive the report to pass on to our PM today.  Nothing major came up, which was a relief.  Mostly cosmetic changes need to be made which include the tile issues in the bathroom needing fixed, some scratches on the hardwood, the refrigerator makes some weird noise when you open it, sump pump has a lot of dirt in it, emergency float switch on first level HVAC unit doesn't work at all, a couple windows don't open, tile in the morning room wasn't laid exactly flat so there are gaps, and one place in the bedroom has a squeaky floor.  We're hoping all these issues, big or small, are fixed before we move in. Sod was installed on Thursday, driveway was paved and mailbox is up.  So exciting to see the address on the mailbox :)  Anyone with sod know if they "roll" over it with a steamroller type thing to smooth it out?  Its very wavy in the backyard and I'm concerned with this when it comes time to mow the lawn it will be choppy.  Other than what we've found I'm very happy with the house, hoping things will move smoothly this week.
Our current living room with some boxes ready to move!

Hardwood in foyer

Carpet in family room and formal living room.  The 2nd floor, dining room, & stairs are a bit lighter.
Outside view...looks so different with the sod and driveway paved!

My kitchen! Not crazy about the side by side, but we'll see if I get used to it.