well, we made it into the new house and survived the first month living amongst construction dust and noise...hubby has however, vowed never again...lol
We finally got our sod in last week, and although I have the appearance of grass I still can't run my toes through it as it's quite boggy right now (as new sod should be - mega wet from 24 hr watering).
Did you know that there are approx 150 different ways to explain to a homeowner how humidity affects your newly laid hardwood? (sarc mode). All of which would be quite interesting if the problem with the said hardwood had anything remotely to do with humidity rather than someone planting their size 13 steel toed boots in the middle of the dining room and gouging the said floor...lol Personally, I liked the part where the floor guy tried to tell my hubby how wood is milled and where hubby let him waffle on for 10 mins before filling him in on how his father was the past prez of Scott papers and how he grew up in and around mills until he joined the army... lol (guess the guy also missed the joke sign in the basement proclaiming that rule numbers 1 and 2 in the house are no topics relating to wood and or how big is your army? are allowed... lol)
I've learned that in construction terms, that 2 weeks actually means in reality, 30 days and a month means "good luck if you ever see it anytime soon".
I've also discovered that there is a beast that sheds worse than my dogs and is a vacuum killer. New carpet...so far it's killed 2 vacuums...and the builder is talking about replacing the carpet as it has a flaw in it.. so it begins all over again.. lol... a few dog hairs are nothing now compared to what a 40oz carpet sheds... lol.. word to the wise.. if you buy and install a new carpet.. DO NOT wear black....(at least for the first 6 months of living there.. lol)
For those members that are buying a new house, especially in Ontario...read the Tarion info until your eyes bleed. If you miss filing your 30 day inspection papers to Tarion with that 30 day period.. you are SOL until your one year for filing. Even if you builder books your 30 day inspection "around" your 30 day period (usually they try to book it after the date), make sure you fill out the Tarion 30 day forms and get them into Tarion before your 30 day date. Tarion will not accept anything after midnight of day 30. (what all this means to you and your builder is that Tarion issues a deadline to the builder to complete all work listed on the 30 day report, failure of the builder to complete the list puts them into non-compliance and subject to either an order to complete or a fine. The deadline is usually 4 months after you have filed. If you miss your Tarion filing date, your builder is under no deadline to complete your home's work and may very well take their time doing it. (remember, as of possession date, your builder is not making a dime off of your home (baring charge backs to the subs for their work or lack thereof) so it's a loss for them to devote resources to it).
For members buying a new home that was previously owned, same applies to you...make sure you fill in the one, two or 7 year form to Tarion.
Anyway, got to run, back to more unpacking..