Oh, August. What an exciting month, but also very draining! It seemed as once work began on our house all the things started to go awry. We have had quite a few things come up that are not full of good news. Some of it makes sense since we are acting as general contractors yet know nothing about construction and the timeline for things. Some of it is “normal” when working in construction (which gives me hope). Some of it is just plain trying your best and things still not going well.
Here are some examples:
-In our HOA it is required that we get a certain grinder pump put in, however it does not say when it needs to be put in. Because I was so focused on the high school timeline, I contacted him 3 steps in too late. We are waiting to see what this will result in. One thing we do know is that our water line and sewage line will not meet state or city code- therefore, things will be dug up and moved.
-We communicated that our sump pump needed to have an exit through our basement, but it was not given one. We were told the reason for this was because our neighbors complained about the water run-off. We are unsure what this will cause or even how much extra it will cost us, but we have gone back and communicated that it needs to be completed.
-We found out that we needed to get our basement bath shower and tub downstairs along with our drywall for the basement because it would be too hard to get down there when the walls are closed up and everything is framed in. (Our stairs do not go straight down- we have a landing that complicates things.) We ordered what we thought was a left drain tub, but we found out the next day that it was a right drain tub. We had to take it back and get a new one resulting in extra money being spent along with the fact that we hadn’t planned on purchasing it or the drywall until later down the road.
Here are some learning tips:
-Contact everyone at once no matter how crazy it feels instead of going “in order”. Then make sure to continue reaching out especially if they don’t answer. (I have been calling AND e-mailing to cover my bases.) Take time to meet with them (which I have for almost everyone), and allow them to share all the knowledge that they have and communicate with them all the details of your home! If you’re not acting as the general contractor, do this with your general contractor. Communicate, communicate, communicate. You will feel like you’re nagging and annoying, but I am learning it is necessary!
-Make sure that you have extra money- whether in your savings or in your mind that will go to your house because unexpected things will happen. In our case, a few unexpected things will happen. Based on our experience so far, we suggest having at LEAST 10% of your budget in your savings, in the loan, or both (whatever you are using to fund the home). You will most likely need it- if not more!
-Triple check everything. Read everything. Even though we feel as though we did, it just didn’t work out this way. Somehow we ordered the wrong one after looking through our plans and clicking on the tub that said left- we’re really not sure how it happened, but it did! And again, have extra money because you don’t know where you will need it or when things pop up!
On the more exciting side of things, I finalized our exterior and it was accepted by our HOA! Yay!
The high schoolers have been hard at work for 3 weeks now, and our house has transitioned so much! I can’t believe how quickly it has gone! The picture below are of week 1-2 since tomorrow is the end of week 3!
We also have been receiving our appliances (that are being hosted by others since we don’t have the space – THANK YOU!)! We found some deals at Lowe’s and Home Depot- 40% off and snagged them up while we could!
I have been digging deeper into our design choices along with what each room is going to look like and what items I want to place in them. This last piece will help me when I get rid of things/prep for a garage sale this winter.
An extra fun note, while we were visiting this month, we saw a mama and her fawn in our neighborhood! It was so sweet to see and show our daughter. Thankfully, though, our dog stayed oblivious, ha!
Feel free to ask any questions at any point or even share knowledge if you have some! We will take anything we can get! Until next time!