We are halfway through our third week of renovations. It feels as though nothing is going to get done in time. The painters are still leaving every day after 2 hours work, but there is nothing we can do, we are paying them for the job not the hours and so long as it gets done before the allotted date they can keep disappearing. It is annoying because when those rooms are done we can put the furniture back in them. At the moment we are climbing over piles of stuff and can't even get into the bath to fit the taps as the tub is the safest place to store our art so that it doesn't get knocked!
We spent the weekend completing the upstairs decks, back and front and we are really happy with the results. We know we should have been inside painting before the carpet arrives (Feb 7) but the psychological effects of the great looking decks is worth the anguish over the painting. We will just have to go hard this week. The downstairs bathrooms (bathroom, seperate toilet and seperate shower - very handy with teenage girls!) are looking amazing though!
We have chosen an agent, she was the third one we interviewed and her values seem to align with ours, she is willing to try some of our crazy ideas and has given us a realistic appraisal of the house value.