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:
-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:
Positives: Our van is stored in Australia, already kitted out, ready for action.
Negatives: Bathing in the canal could be a little awkward.
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.