Preliminary Plans are done

On Wednesday afternoon we finally received the preliminary plans for our house. And on inspection, they look pretty good! There are a few little things that we need to fix up, but nothing really major that we can see. So hopefully it won’t be too long between now and getting the final plans and contract.

I also received the colour selection information from Wisdom yesterday, as we need to start thinking about bricks and colour schemes. Thankfully we both have quite similar taste in design, so I don’t think it should be too hard for us to make our selections, but I went out and bought a bunch of kitchen & bathroom design magazines today just to get some inspiration! I can see lots of hours being spent pouring over these, and driving endlessly from home to home and display centre to display centre, looking at bricks!

We’ve also decided that we’re going to move again between now and when the house is ready. We really don’t like where we are living, it’s too small, the neighbours drive me crazy, and I don’t like the idea of having to commute to school next year. So at the end of our lease in December we’re going to move again, somewhere closer to our land and the school, and hopefully something a bit bigger which will allow us to get all our stuff out of storage and save some $$! Not the way I’d hoped to be spending Christmas, but I guess we can take comfort in the fact that Christmas next year will be spent in our dream home!

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Waiting on a valuation

We sent our tender document to our mortgage broker as soon as we signed it, and it was sent off with the valuation order, but I found out yesterday that our bank won’t do the valuation until they have the full plans, which are still at least 4-5 weeks away! Bummer! I just know that this process is going to do my head in – I hate inactivity!

I also got a notice yesterday from the Valuer General’s department, and there is quite a discrepancy between what they say the land is worth, and what we paid. All I can say is I’m glad the banks don’t talk to the VG when they do their valuations!

I couldn’t help myself, I was in the area today and took a drive out through the estate. Our sign now has a SOLD sticker on it, finally, so I took a quick snap.

"SOLD" WOO HOO!

There is so much activity going on out there, and significant amounts of progress just since we were there a couple of weeks ago for the BBQ. I noticed a couple of homes that look like they’re pretty much finished, and saw some new slabs & frames too. It will be great to be one of the early residents, and to be able to watch the estate change and develop. I can’t wait!