Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sorry It's been a while.

I'll take you back to the handover.   On Thursday 7th June we had a final walk through and there was still things to do.  We had got to a point though, where we decided we would take the house and have the rest of the work done after hand over.  The next day, Friday before the long weekend, we were still unsure if we could get the keys.  We wanted to move in over the long weekend, but despite having the invoice for a week, the bank still hadn't made the final payment.  To make a long story short, we were on our way to the Builder's, and on the phone to the bank at 4:45pm  to get everything sorted before the office closed at 5pm.

It was hard not to panic, I was trying not to get to excited about getting the keys to our new house, because it could have all fallen through at the last minute.  We arrived at the office at 4.50pm the payment had been made, and the girls stayed back to get all the paperwork done and at last we had the keys to our new house.  We had nothing packed and had not organised anything to move our things from 3 different locations.

On Friday night we had to go to our Niece's birthday party.  So Derrick was on the iPad organising to hire a truck for Sunday.  After the party at about 11pm we opened the door to our new house.

Early on Saturday, I started to pack up the granny flat (one room 9m x 4m). It still amazes me how much we could fit into that small room.  I had the granny flat packed by about 11am and with the help of Derrick's brother Kurt and his wife Julie, we managed to move the stuff from the granny flat to the house in a station wagon and a trailer, (it took 3 trips) by about 6pm.

An early start on Sunday morning,  we picked up the truck and went and picked up the new fridge and some things for the media room.  I went back to the house to start unpacking and Derrick and his Dad went to my Brothers house to pick up the rest of our furniture.  My brother and his new wife have a very big house, so we took over two of the bedrooms and the upstairs lounge room.  Derrick did one trip with his Dad and then we got my Mum, Dad and two of my brother to help with the second load.

We got the second load back to the house by 7.30pm and Derrick left on his own for a long trip to Bathurst where all of our garage stuff was stored.  Derrick got back at around 2.30am with the last tuck load. Next day we got up at 6am to unpack the truck so we could get it back to the rental place by 8am.  At least now all of our belongings were at the house and now we just needed to unpack everything.


  1. Hello, we are thinking of building the glenleigh. Loved reading your blog, all the ups and downs. A few disappointments with delays and construction discrepancies (if for a better word :-) ) which can be expected when building.

    Wanted to know, if you are happy with the house now that you have been in it awhile and if everything has been fixed? Also, what has there after hand over service been like?

    Your feedback would be great.

    Thanks Simone

  2. What an experience after all the rigours of working together with firms of builders and roofers for such a long time!

  3. Great work. Our professional Torquay builders are especially impressed by the stone work. Your bricklayers must have been very skilled!

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