Handover

What a whirlwind few days! Practical completion took place on Thursday 13th and we took possession of keys on Friday 14th August. Yeah baby, our Hudson is finally ours!!!

 

Handover gift from Metricon

We are busy unpacking and organising post handover jobs. It will be a while yet before we can rest and truly enjoy the fruits of our labour. But the road ahead will be much easier now that we are living in our new home. 

My little blog has clocked over 54,000 page views since I published my very first post back in June 2014! Wow I’m blown away. I feel like I’ve shared this journey with you awesome readers. Thank you for all the comments, suggestions and design ideas over the last year😄 I will be back to blog about my post-build reviews and share moved-in photos.

The winner of the blog’s GUESS OUR HANDOVER DATE COMPETITION is the lovely Deb, who was only one day shy of the actual handover date with her guess of 13 August 2015. I will be in touch to organise delivery of Shaynna’s book. 

CONGRATULATIONS Deb👏

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Waiting impatiently

Today marks week 37 of what is supposedly a 32 week contract period. Conveniently for Metricon there are provisions in the contract that entitle the builder to claim an extension of the contract period. The two main causes of delays and extensions applicable to our build are due to adverse weather and the industry shutdown being a 5 week period commencing on or about 22 December. 

Unfortunately after taking these extensions into account, we are still inside the contract time. Mind you, the liquidated damages that we are entitled to if the building works do not reach practical completion by the end of the contract period is outrageously inadequate – $30 for each working day equates to roughly $180 per week! If you’re renting and paying the mortgage, any delay imposes a strain on the finances. Sigh😭

So, where are we at I hear you ask?

  • We received notice of Practical Completion (PC) for Thursday 13th August but JM hasn’t confirmed time for the PC walk through. 
  • Metricon sent the final invoice and we are now waiting for our bank to issue the cheque. 
  • We received an email outlining all the items that are our responsibility to complete prior to the issue of Interim and Final Occupancy Certificates. The only item required for the IOC is the installation of privacy screen to the master bedroom balcony. This is proving tricky as Metricon won’t allow our contractor onsite to complete the works until after handover. 
  • We also received our independent building inspector’s Pre-Handover report. For peace of mind, I highly recommend investing the money to engage a licenced builder to check for any defective workmanship or incomplete works. Houspect’s report contained 26 pages of detailed notes and visual evidence of all external and internal defects. Some of the defects were obvious but a few were surprising and would have been missed had we not had Houspect carry out the inspection. JM has his work cut out to rectify all the imperfections before our PC walk through. 
  • Temporary fence and portaloo have been removed. This is a huge milestone and signals the end is very very close!

Builders fence gone


Suffice to say, we are officially over the build! We just want our house.

Home Stretch

Sadly there was no Christmas in July at the new house this year. The majority of readers who played the blog’s handover date guessing competition picked a date in July. Unfortunately the saga over the timber flooring cost us precious time. Good news is that we are back on track and handover is just around the corner. 

This week is all about inspections, inspections, inspections! 

  1. The Construction Manager completed his inspection on Monday. 
  2. Our independent inspector Houspect went through the house this morning to carry out their final checks of the exterior and interior finishes. We hope to receive their report within 24 hours. 
  3. Finally, Metricon’s Quality Assurance will conduct their separate checks tomorrow. 

Depending on the list of items from each inspection, our fantastic site manager is quietly optimistic of presenting the house to us next week. We actually had an informal walk through with JM today and the only red flag was painting issues. JM duly noted our concern and he reassured us that the painters are on standby for the final touch ups. So, we think that Practical Completion will be short and simple. 

Handover will be dependent on a few things, the major one being the interim occupancy certificate (IOC). One of the conditions of the Development Consent is a privacy screen along the South-Eastern side of the first floor balcony. The screen is our responsibility but as per the terms of our contract with Metricon, we will need to have this job attended to after handover as they do not allow clients’ contractors on site. We hope the appointed Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) Local Group don’t hold back on issuing the IOC. Fingers crossed.

Now for the visual updates…

Here is the infamous H-trim across the hallway. Not the prettiest sight in the world but one we have to live with! 

Expansion gap across hallway

I have to say JM and Carpet Call have really gone the extra mile to keep me happy. I couldn’t be any more satisfied with the rectification work around the kitchen and butlers pantry. The caulking around the island is fantastic and looks a million dollars😄

Caulking around the waterfall

 

 

Butlers Pantry

Appliances have been delivered but only the microwave has been installed.  

Microwave in situ

One of my first world problems is no more😜 Square shower heads are in and they look awesome.   

It now looks like a close race between Trixee (11th August) and Deb (13th August). Good luck ladies. I will be in touch as soon as we have a date😄