The 2 weeks post-handover was unbelievably intense. It’s unbelievable because I simply just cannot believe I made the choices and end up doing what I did in those 2 weeks.
Our lease was ending 2 weeks after handover. Here’s the list of things we had to achieve in 2 weeks:
1. Install floorboards in all the bedrooms first so that we can move in
2. Complete aircon installation
3. Fencing installation
4. The actual moving
5. Cleaning of rental property
To be reaaaaally clear, those were all done in 2 week-nights, because, well, we work during the day.
What we did in the 1st week after handover
So, the day after handover, I went to pick up my floorboards with the help of a couple of friends. We spent pretty much every single night for over a week, just to try and lay the floorboards in BR 1, 2, 3, Entry and Living.
Just to refresh your memory (again), this is what the floor plan looks like:
We tried to make the floorboards continuous throughout the top level of the house because it looks nicer that way, that’s why we had to lay the boards in the Entry too. For the before and after effect, have a look at the empty house first with the bare concrete floor. Here’re a few pictures coming up:
This is the floorboard I picked from Power Dekor. I am really happy that I had finally found the colour and grain that is closest to what I was looking for, without that hefty price tag.
It’s a really messy business laying floorboards, trying to get the measurements right, doing the right cuts on the boards, covering ourselves in sawdust. Thankful to have the 3 of them helping me out. 1 is most utilised for his incredible strength, 1 is remarkably good at the Math, and 1 is the mastermind of it all with his amazing tools. I mostly look on and sweep sawdust off the floor lol.
BR 2 completed, and used to put the equipment in.
The living room is in fact, the first room we worked on because it is the smallest “bedroom” in the house, and we thought we should “experiment” with laying floorboards in there first. Haha.
We laid lots of cardboard down because it was still winter then and lots of mud around the house. There were lots of tradies coming into the house to complete the aircon installation and fixing the skylight into BR 3.
At that time, I was told that the range hood and stove cannot be delivered until we were living in the house, for fear of those items being stolen. It was quite a bit of a drama, because I was trying to put the fencing in as quickly as possible, so that the house will be more secure. However, the fencing couldn’t happen because the installer needed to weld the fence to a post on the retaining wall, which so happened to be the wrecked post that I was waiting for the builder to fix. To add to stress, we realised that we need to have the flooring done in the kitchen area so that the stove could sit on it. So we had to start working on the kitchen quickly.
I’m glad they knew how to have fun amidst the stresses lol
My friend is an engineer, and he’s got 2 sets of hi-vis outfits that we had on when we were laying the boards. What’s with the hi-vis outfit, you say? Pick an answer from below:
1. We were trying to protect our clothes from sawdust.
2. We secretly wanted to be minions.
Kitchen done just enough to put the stove in.
It all worked out in the end, and I was so excited the day the stove was delivered.
I panicked when I saw that it was a white stove! Then I realised it was only a protective covering for delivery haha. I have been spoilt, spending the past 4 years in a rental property using a stove with 5 burners, so I can’t go back to 4 burners now!
I probably could have hired someone to do the laying and not agonise over it every day about finishing it quickly, but every cent I save could go to my brother’s education, a new Breville BES920BS coffee machine, furniture in the house, curtains, blahblahblah. The conclusion is, one can never have enough money. Be
cheapo frugal where you can.
More #throwback updates next post! I’m sorry the info is so backdated… You guys will understand as you read on. xx