In theory, the keys to House By The Water should be ours in 6 months from now. Somehow it still seems like a lifetime away, but I’m daring to start thinking about the post handover plan.
There’s an enormous amount to be done, so I put it all on a spread sheet and prioritised each task into high/medium/low categories.
The critical items are installing timber floors throughout the house and window dressings for the bedrooms. These need to be done before we move in. The driveway is also high on the list – we don’t want to be walking sand on beautiful new floors. We took the driveway out of our builder’s scope of work. We want cobblestones and their quote was ridiculously out of line with any other quote.
So herein lies a logistical nightmare! Our best flooring quote comes from a company that says our floors could take up to 5 weeks to install! We do have 300 square metres of floor to cover, including a set of stairs, but this is not what I expected.
You can see I have a few gaps in the table. I’m looking for recommended local contractors to quote on:
- laying a cobblestone driveway with a concrete base
- constructing a rendered brick front fence with steel insets
- installing an automated driveway gate (preferably these 3 items would be done by the same contractor)
I’d really like to know:
- What was your order of works post-handover?
- Which post-handover tasks could be done in unison? i.e. multiple trades on site.
- How long did you take between handover and moving in?
- Any other tips for running a tight post-handover ship?
I want to get this plan right. The race to Christmas will be on for the construction industry, and the longer we take the longer I’m going to be sleeping in the caravan in our front yard.
Perhaps if I get a few film cameras involved, in “The Block” style, we can get the whole lot done in a week!
These pictures are from my favourite house on The Block this season. Josh and Charlotte share my love for timber floors and white shutters. (Photo source: Domain.) House By The Water will be the third house we’ve lived in with this simple winning combination.