Okay, pinch me. I still can’t quite believe that a, we even bought a house, and b, that we’ve been owners for (almost) an entire month. In the months between reserving and waiting for completion (of which there were 15 – I’ve written more about that here), I dreamt of all the things Scott and I would do the second we moved into our new home. The furniture we’d buy, the changes we’d make, the way everything would instantly be clean, clear and under control… Well, it’s safe to say that flew directly out the window!
Today, I wanted to write a quick recap post on how our first month in the new home has gone. If you’re following me on Instagram (which you should *wink wink*), you might have seen the occasional pop-in post or story sharing what we were up to. You might also have noticed how I’ve become smitten for a furniture-building time lapse (I shared one too many of those in my ‘home’ highlight!). But, most of all, you’ve probably noticed the painting saga that ensued when Scott and I begun to paint our house (starting in the downstairs lounge!).
And without further ado, this is the good, the bad and the downright confusing aspects of moving into a new home…
The Wonderful World of Snags
Once you’ve purchased a new property and you reach completion, there’s still more fun to be had in the form of snags. Snags can differ from builder to builder, but essentially the snagging process is a time period following move-in where you alert your builder of any discrepancies or unfinished jobs that were required for your home, and they do them.
Scott and I were allocated 15 weeks to go back with snags, since our purchase process had been extraordinarily long and snags can crop up weeks and months down the line. After moving in, the first thing Scott and I tried to do was accumulate a snagging list of sorts, before we got any furniture in so that we knew what sort of set-backs we might be dealing with.
The majority of our snags were cosmetic. Paint that needed touching up, grout that had gotten places it shouldn’t or little jobs that could have been finished better. However, there were some major snags that not only required attention, but would’ve greatly inconvenienced us if we had moved in immediately.
Because of those, Scott and I didn’t end up physically moving into our new home for 3 weeks – while we waited for the biggest issues to be tackled before actually living there 24/7.
One thing I’d advise, is to draft out a schedule with the builders to get certain tasks accomplished on certain days. Because Scott and I weren’t living there, the process was a lot more lax and things didn’t get done anywhere near as quickly as ones for families who were already in did.
Quite obviously there’s a priority list for homes who need certain tasks doing, but managing expectations and knowing when you can expect to come home to finished work is key here. For Scott and I, we never actually got to sit down with the builders till the end of the second week, and that’s when we drafted out our schedule to accomplish all the remaining tasks.
Meeting the Neighbours
This was something that I was so worried about. Although not many people talk about this, neighbours can greatly impact the experience you have in your home, so to say I wanted to be on everyone’s good side was an understatement.
Especially living in a townhouse, where we share a wall with the property next door. I was waiting with bated breath to meet our immediate neighbour, but the best thing was that I should never have worried because they’re fantastic.
I loved the camaraderie of that first weekend: where you’re all receiving keys, moving in and unlocking the door to your new home and life. Everybody is buzzing around the development in post-completion bliss (or mostly, anyway). And everyone wants to be on the best terms they can with everybody else.
The First Coats of Paint
One big thing that Scott and I wanted to get ahead with was painting. Especially among the snagging delays. So, when the snags for the ground floor lounge had been completed, we thought we would start painting that area together. This was the first big DIY project that Scott and I have ever tackled together, and it went a lot better than I had thought it would.
Before this, I hadn’t painted much. A bedroom here and there, but never anything tremendous. Although I love working alongside Scott, and together we got the process completed, it definitely took some strategy and planning to get through.
My first painting session, I was essentially doing it all wrong. Painting haphazardly and not keeping track of where I was doing. Since our paint colour is not a million miles away from white, it meant without paying close attention to what had been done and what was waiting to be done, your eyes could easily trick you into re-doing the same spot. Especially when your paint rolling skills are next to none.
And then when you’re painting at different times of the day, like after work or during the later evening, that changes the game entirely. During the weekends Scott and I would be able to get a lot done faster, because during the week you couldn’t tell to the same degree as to where required touch-ups or what was and wasn’t done.
I’m so excited to see how our home develops months and years down the line. But mostly, I’m just loving how life is going right now at our own pace. If you want to read more home posts, I definitely recommend the start of our journey.
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