I was reminded that it's been a year because Australia Post sent me a letter the other day to renew our mail redirection. And given the house has been practically complete since the beginning of March, I just couldn't bring myself to renew the redirection.
So we went to the house today and installed a letterbox on one of the paling fences. Checking the mailbox won't be a trial. We feel it's necessary to visit the house on a weekly basis anyway, because of the amount of times we've arrived to find lights on and doors open, it's good to at least make sure the house is secure and hasn't been broken into....or that squatters have decided it's fair game...
And there sits our house. Cold and lonely atop its muddy clay embankment; just begging for a little family to move in and warm the place up. The batteries in the smoke detectors beeping away every minute around the clock, echoing throughout the house - in fact you can hear them from outside the house. The shrill cry of a lonely, empty house.
There's red and green stickers dotted all over the place; little markings to indicate the 'defects' that require attention. But that's just it. They're not getting any attention. It's been 2 whole weeks since the Construction Manager did his inspection and not a single trade has been onsite since. Well, actually maybe there has been a trade onsite: our gas meter is missing. But you could hardly classify items being removed as progress, rather a step backward really. Given I didn't get a call from the Site Manager this week I've no idea if there's a problem with the meter that necessitated it's removal, or whether there's a scam to steal someone's meter and put it on another house so you pay for their gas. A call to TruEnergy is therefore in order. In any case, I think I'm within my rights to suspend the account, seeing as we've been paying 'Supply Charges' since the 22nd March and the gas was never even connected to the house.
|Gas Meter on 12th May|
|...and today...out for a walk perhaps?|
It's all good and well for the Site and Construction Managers to say they want to make sure the house is up to the utmost quality standards before they'll hand it over, but the truth of the matter is that with 8 jobs on his books, the workload is obviously too much to cope with if a single trade can't be scheduled in a 10 day working period. And it's a hard pill to swallow when the defects are mostly cosmetic, subjective and could have been rectified months ago (example: the tiles on the bath the CM wants removed - why wasn't this done BEFORE the bath and tapware were installed and the bathroom caulked? To fix it now will require not only the tiler, but the waterproofer, plumber and caulker to all come back, one after the other).
At the expense of a mortgage and rent month after month, it's really hard to be happy to sit and wait indefinitely until someone has time to pay your build some attention.
Pretty soon it's going to work out cheaper if we were able to pay our own trades to finish than pay the additional rent and keep waiting!