With closing supposed to be tomorrow, we had a final, professional, pre-closing inspection this morning – and a surprising number of issues were found, that we didn’t know about. Very worthwhile having this inspection!
Issues included broken roof tiles, missing eave / soffit pieces around the roof, non-working hot water, cracked tile grout, circuit breakers that don’t trip when tested, and even a vent fan that spews attic insulation (it’s supposed to be vented *through* the roof to outside but maybe it isn’t!). Other issues we already knew about, like a missing shower door, sunken pavers on the driveway, gaps on the stairway trim … To be fair to Jones Homes USA, the inspector did say that the home was basically well built with no major issues, so that’s good to hear!
For your “entertainment”, here’s some pictures that the inspector took:
Unsurprisingly, Jones Homes called to move closing to Friday – which is fine by us!
The original crazily optimistic end-December closing date has flown by, and Jones Homes have a more realistic closing date next week – so meanwhile, loads of work is being done by loads of people (although the list of things that need fixing is getting longer, too!)
Outside, we’ve got a/c units, a screened pool/patio area, and garage door – as of our last visit power hadn’t been turned on, so we’ve not yet been able to test the heating / cooling, but at least it exists now. Upstairs the balcony has been tiled, and railings installed:
Indoors, most of the bathrooms have been tiled, including our master. Some of the fixtures are in too, though not all. The granite countertops are in too in the bathrooms and in the kitchen, although the island is still missing.
The hardwood flooring is down too, and the stair rails are installed and looking fabulous (the carpets were still missing as of this morning):
We do a pre-closing inspection on Friday, it’ll be interesting to see how long the “not done” list is then, and how well they do at sorting that list before closing in 9 days …
The kitchen cabinets (and in fact those in all the bathrooms) have now been installed; our kitchen is VERY white at the moment!
It really doesn’t look like Jones Homes closing date (December 29!) will be met …
From the outside at least, our new home now has painted walls, completed stonework, driveway, and going in today plants and grass to finish the front view!
As you can see, the roof still isn’t ready – and inside while the walls have been painted and the interior doors installed, there’s no kitchen (cabinets, countertops, appliances), no bathrooms (cabinets, plumbing fixtures, tiling), no flooring, no electrical fittings, no … the list is quite long!
Over the last week there’s been more progress at our new home – the walls have been “covered” both outside and inside! Outside there’s now stucco on all the walls, and inside (finishing off when we visited today) there’s sheetrock / drywall that makes it easy to see the sizes of rooms – no more peering through the framing!
Also today, the travertine tiles were being laid around the pool.
What’s left? Outside, the roof tiles need to be placed, then it’s mostly just painting – and stonework at the front. Of course there’s also all the landscaping. Indoors, the list is much longer, with tiling the bathrooms, installing cabinets especially in the kitchen; flooring, painting, and so much more …
Our visit today found people putting insulation into the outer walls downstairs and upstairs (not the roof yet, since there’s no ceilings yet!); also, the exterior walls have been prepped for stucco, which is right now in piles and bags but will shortly be on the house!
Progress seems surprisingly slow over the last month on our new home – at least partly because the recent work included all the electrical wiring, and there’s a lot of it!
At the end of last month, most of the windows were installed, and the huge sliding doors at the back – though the big one in our future master bedroom was missing (and is still missing today!). Today, our visit showed us that the front doors have been installed (and also the “cabana door” to the back, which will one day have a cat door for Chloe:
The last month also included further plumbing work, along with all the electrical wiring; progress at the future fuse panel gives an idea:
Today we also found a huge pile of roof tiles in front of our home; a long way to go till they’re installed on the roof though: