Welcome to my Build a Home Series! These posts are to document the process of having our home built by a local builder in an existing subdivision. The update last week showed lots of new stuff like tile and a new door. This week, I have more pictures for you – it’s 99% done!!! Just needs a few more things and a good clean!
So we are now in the middle of Week 24 and we close a week from today!!! 1 week to go!!! They spent the last week adding fixtures, painting, finishing all of the floors, adding counter tops, fencing in the back yard, and adding the front yard stuff. Take a look!
Issues Being Resolved
Well, first an update from last week, we ended up using the builder’s title company, but my lender is covering their actual title cost and they are waiving $379 in the extra fees. So, it worked out the same as it would have with my lender’s title company. Yay! AND better news – our house is definitely taxed this year as unimproved land, so those $2100 of taxes in the closing costs just jumped down to less than $150!!! WHOO-HOO!!! Our total closing costs are down to less than $50k!!! That made my freaking day!!!
Let’s see, we have a long list of little texture and paint touch-ups, burned out bulbs, and misaligned drawers and windows that they are fixing over the next 2-3 days, but here are the biggest things left:
- The attic stairs won’t come down…yep, we are locked out from one a/c unit and two water heaters. That’s a big one…they said it will be handled by Friday.
- One of the lights in the kitchen was supposed to be wired in with all of the others and that should be done tomorrow.
- The granite ledge/back splash in the master bathroom needs to be wrapped up after the mirror is installed and framed.
- The back splash in the kitchen is being installed tomorrow as well.
Overall, SUPER EXCITED!!! SO CLOSE!!!
Sooooooo…what do you think so far? Come on, be honest!
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