Man, I can't believe how long it took to get the house finished, but it's done, and we turn over the rental house today.
It should have taken a week more by nov 1st, but instead it dragged on till thanksgiving instead. First it takes them two weeks to hang some cabinets and set counter tops. Same thing I used to do regularly in two days. (two workers)
Then more flunked inspections, on electrical. One item the electricians needed to fix was my furnace. It blew but would not get hot. They came back twice, claiming both times it was fine, but still no warm. Finally I turn off the breaker, and pop off the cover myself. The heater, electric, had three of the four big fat wires disconnected at the breakers. They tightened the lug, but the wire was not in the hole. They cut them too short. Fortunately there was a half inch of slack I could yank down from the attic.
Good thing there was a dumbass carpenter around to figure it out.
But now we are home, and the dogs so much happier. They can hang out in the yard all day, instead of 15 min at most at a time like the rental. Daisy would just hurt herself trying to get over the wall to kill the dog next door at the rental. All our stuff is back from the cleaners, but completely mixed up. When they took it, they photographed every single item, logging which room its from. Then when cleaning and boxing back up, they just mixed it up like it was a lottery drawing. Every single box has shit from 2-4 different rooms in it. One box had wine glasses on the bottom, then on top, two crock pots and two pressure cookers. Way to go guys. It's making packing back in 4 times harder. But its all squeaky clean, completely free of burning car tires smell. So that's better than dumping it for sure. But we still loath it that anybody touched our shit. We are happy to be home, but every box puts us back in a bad mood.
Loving all the house upgrades we paid for. Much better stove, fridge, and washer. The new kitchen has a much more efficient layout, and tons more light with the new door to the living/dining room. The new layout will allow most cooking, including clean up, to require very few steps back and forth, despite the large size kitchen. (used to be kitchen and dining) When we are in a walker later on, we'll still be able to cook a nice dinner, without much stumping around back and forth like the old kitchen design forced. The whole house is now geriatric ready for when we need it. We won't have to fix it all in a rush later when we find ourselves in a walker or chair. Handicap ready bathrooms are nice at any age.
Less cash left at the end than we thought, because of the many upgrades we have bought. but still some to put in savings. So wiping out our savings last year is at least replaced.