Monday, January 20, 2014

Permits & Doors

Progress has been slooooooow at the house!  Over a month after our close date, we're still waiting for the plumbing to be finished so we can turn the water on, paint, and move in.  The subcontractors did most of the work the week after Christmas, but they haven't finished it because they don't have their building permit yet.

Two things - 1: Doing work on a house before you've been issued a permit doesn't exactly give City Hall warm fuzzies; 2: As it turns out, you can't just ignore the word "Heights" on the end of a city name when you're trying to contact their building office.

And now, I pass on to you the first important bit of wisdom I've gained from this experience: If you're having work done on your house, I don't care how much you trust your contractor.  If they tell you they've submitted the paperwork for a permit, call your city's building office and make sure they have a record of this, especially if you've been waiting for weeks.  If the name of your city ends in "Heights," "Falls," "Township," or something similar; OR if your zip code covers more than one city, it's just possible that your contractor might accidentally try to file in the wrong city, and that paperwork could easily fall between the cracks for a very long time.  Even if your city's name is pretty straight forward, still call.  You might save yourself a headache down the road.

On to happier house news!

Upon pulling into our driveway this weekend, Brad and I were delighted to see that we had a new garage door!

The old door was peeling, splitting, and had a broken spring (so it wasn't even working).

See?  It had to be replaced at the request of our lender as a condition of the loan, and we're thrilled to comply.  Now, we can do this:

We're pretty excited.

Also this weekend, our washer and dryer were delivered!  Yay!  Neither has been hooked up yet, but we'll get to that.  One thing at a time.

UPDATE ::  As I was writing this entry, our contractor called and said the plumbing is finished and the water has been turned on!  I am beside myself with glee!  Looks like I'll be spending the rest of the day at the house...

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