Exit planning.

It has started.  Those late night mental lists.  And, a count down of sorts.  I’m finally allowing myself to think of packing up and moving back to Australia.  10 weeks from now, I’ll be on a plane heading for home.

There’s the usual cull to be done.  Outgrown clothes and toys, items that cannot be shipped and, fingers-crossed, maybe an old sofa.  Everything else must fall into one of three categories:

-Plane luggage

-Air shipment (A limited amount of stuff that should reach Australia in one to four weeks).

-Sea shipment (Stuff that will take 2-6 months to arrive in Australia).

I consider myself to be a pro at this.  We’re serial intercontinental movers.  The catch, this time, is that I don’t know what to expect at the other end.  Theoretically, House By The Water will be ready for handover in October, but I really can’t fathom how that can be achieved at this point.  We are still some time away from the “lock up” stage.  Then I need to get the timber floors installed.  The installers are on standby, but I’ll be lucky if they are available immediately once we have the keys, given the uncertainty of a date.

So I’ve brainstormed a couple of short term solutions:

Option A:

Camp on site.

Camp on site.

Positives:  Our van is stored in Australia, already kitted out, ready for action.

Negatives:  Bathing in the canal could be a little awkward.

Option B:

Move into one of Webb and Brown Neaves' display homes.

Move into one of Webb and Brown Neaves’ display homes.  Source:  WB Homes.

Positives:  Completed house, fully furnished, currently vacant, room for visitors, the public can see the functionality of these homes for family life.

Negatives:  The school commute could be a tad long.  (To this point, I’m willing to take The Toorak in Applecross, even though The Islander is my current favourite.)

I think you can guess which way I’m leaning.

Which display home would you like most to live in?

What did you do to bridge the gap between anticipated home building completion and actual completion?


Was your builder on time?

Vote “Yes” below if you think Webb and Brown-Neaves should offer us beds in one of their display homes until our house is ready for handover.




14 thoughts on “Exit planning.

  1. joan55555 says:

    I voted for the on site camp, string up a washing line, instal a few solar garden lights, bring out the billy and swags, sprinkler behind a tarp for ensuite, we will tow a porta loo across the Nullarbor for you…. I think they call it glamping. Johanne you may need to translate this comment for your international friends.

  2. Lydia says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a builder offering a display home before! Usually it’s “too bad, you’ll have to work it out yourself”. A lot of the builders wouldn’t let you camp onsite for OH &S reasons either, so if they will let you do that for a week or two maybe that’s easiest (love the photo!!). The display home sounds like a good option if it’s an extended period of time.

  3. Rita says:

    Very clever Johanne. This post will most certainly create some action! I like your style… 😀

    Trust you and family are doing ok.. x

  4. Judy says:

    I sympathise – this is the worst part of building – not knowing the end date. We were lucky that we were still in our own house so we delayed putting it on the market. In the end we moved in about 4 weeks before settlement of our old house. It is surprising how quickly things can move after lock up but in a house your size surely it would be at least 3 months after lock up before entry. If you have to camp at least the weather will be getting better😄

  5. Sarah says:

    We were hoping for a Xmas move in date but the roof took about a month longer than the builders anticipated. We’ve now been told they are forecasting mid Feb as a completion date. So fingers and toes are crossed here in Claremont!

    As for options, WBN display home would rock. But assuming they don’t come to the party maybe consider one of the holiday house rental websites (stays.com.au?). A friend of mind did that when faced with the same issue – she was able to access a large house for a reasonable weekly rental which meant she (1) didn’t have to commit to an actual lease for 3, 6 or 12 months, (2) didn’t have to consider short term serviced accommodation which is priced extortionately and (3) the house they rented was in a convenient area, furnished and had a yard for the kids.

  6. trixee says:

    There’s a WBN home being built around the corner from us, I’m sure the owners wouldn’t object if you camped there a while… 😉

    • I am painfully aware of the number of show homes and charity homes that WBN have completed this year. They can pull it out of the bag when they want to, I’m sure. Is the one near you the MS lottery home?

      • trixee says:

        I can imagine how annoying that must be, have you put the hard word on them yet? This one’s not the lottery home, that’s in City Beach, about 20 minutes away I think.

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