Wednesday, July 17, 2013

4.5 months in....

Hi everyone!  Obviously this blog has not been a priority lately - we have gotten wrapped up with unpacking, settling in and getting a summer routine going.

I have plenty to share now that we have been in the house a few months.

The good:
-I feel like the house is well constructed.  The quality of materials is good, the workmanship is decent (more on that later) and the neighborhood is great
-Our energy bills have never been lower - even when we lived in a house half the size.  $90 last month for  electricity and that was with running the AC 24/7 (it has been hot in VA!)
I am so glad we got the garage door opener with the house
I am so glad we got the deck with the house

The OK:
-We did our 30 day inspection late (our schedules were kind of crazy).  They fixed a few things like an outlet that wasn't working, the crooked chandelier, looked at the dishwasher (it wasn't drying) and re-stained the stairs that didn't match the floors.
-I know they save a lot of things for the 10 month, but they left us with dinged up drywall that is an eyesore, a crooked bannister, crooked trim, the messed up front door, cracks in the drywall around the stairs and a few other things.  I can't believe I have to live with these things until the end of the year.

The bad:
-Our yard grading is terrible in the back.  We have taken video of a literal river running right down the middle of our backyard towards the drain.  All of our other neighbors have the swail at the back of their yard where it is out of the way.  Ours is just awful.  Every time we have a rain storm, my husband texts a pic of the river to our PM.  Nothing has been done.
-When we called the PM to ask him something the other day, we were informed that we have a new PM.  No big deal, but this guy hasn't contacted us either.
-We have YET to receive our survey.  I don't know if this is just an oversight, or if they really don't care what we have to say....
-I feel like we have been put on the back burner.  I wish there was more (any??) communication from the PM when we call.  When we did our walk through, our PM (who we really liked!) assured us that he would be here when or if we needed him. But he has been extremely busy with another development and I have no assurance that MAJOR things will get done like fixing some of the baseboards, crooked trim on the doors, the very obviously crooked bannister, our bedroom door that sticks terribly, the drainage issue, broken hardwood planks (from sloppy installation) and the major cracks and dings in the drywall.