Sunday, September 27, 2009

End of this week has gone contract

Well another week has gone by and another promise has not been kept.  We were supposed to get our finalised contract on Saturday, however there wasn't a sign from the builder.  We'll have to give them another reminder call.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


OK so I thought that it might cost a bit to get a 10,000 Litre underground water tank installed but when the builder came back with more than double what I had thought it would cost, I was glad the sales guy prefaced the email with "I hope you are sitting down."

It looks like this will have to be yet another thing that we will have to organise ourselves.  The list is starting to get reasonably long:
  • Accurately Measuring a Tree
  • Designing a Kitchen
  • Demolition
  • Abolishment of Services
  • Borrow curtains from existing house
  • Temporary Fencing during demolition
  • Levels for council flood height determination
  • Underground Water Tank
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Range Hood
  • Driveway
  • Curtains
  • Landscaping
  • Fencing
  • Clothesline
  • Fly Screens
  • Oh yeah and building a cubby
Oh well time to show our real project management skills, her indoors will have to dust off her Microsoft Project skills, last used to plan our wedding.

We at least now have a promise of a contract by the end of the week.  Next step negotiation and finance....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Final Pricing

Sorry about the lack of information for the last three weeks.  We have been in negotiation on the Final Pricing.  On 5 September we received an email, that had been promised two weeks earlier.  This contained a spreadsheet with our "final pricing."  How it could be final when it included a lot of questions that we needed to answer I do not know.  There were questions that had been included in our specification documents, and there were new things that we didn't think that we needed to specify.

After a day of review and the creation of two pages of questions and answers to their questions we sent off a response.  I phoned the sales guy the next day to ensure that he got, and as usual I got voice mail.  I thought I would also call the builder to ensure that they had the documentation.  I got their email address and sent the info on.

After plenty more promises of when it would be received we finally got the "revised final pricing" yesterday.  There were still more questions and more things that appeared to be missing.  There was also very loose specifications in the document that could have been very difficult to interpret.

We spent most of yesterday getting through this final pricing and then sending it off.  We have confirmation that the sales guy has received it and he has asked that we now progress to contracts.  We may be on our way.