Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We're In.

The saga is finally over.

(Want to catch up in a hurry, start here. Then here. Here, here, here, then here. A video here, then here, and finally here.)

We finally closed on our house yesterday, and rushed to move our beds in last night. Had things gone smoothly, we shouldn't have had to rush at all. But, if you are caught up with the story/saga, you know that absolutely nothing has gone smoothly. Nothing.

We were to close on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. I had scanned the final disclosure documents to the lender on Friday and we were given permission to move our stuff into the garage over the holiday weekend. Things were looking up. On top of all of that, I got to leave work early at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.

I get home Friday and of course, some of the documents were incorrect and they would need to be signed and scanned back to them again. Now though, I'm at home where we don't have a fancy copier/scanner/fax machine. We do have a scanner though, so it could be done but it would just be time consuming.

After printer problems, scanning issues and just slow internet, I got all of the documents scanned and FINALLY attached to the email and sent to the lender in time. I had to scan each page on it's own on our home scanner instead of as a group. Very, very annoying.

Over the weekend we moved everything from storage into the garage as we were given permission to do.


And then, as the long weekend went on and we had time on our hands, we itched to move the boxes from the garage into their respective rooms. So we did. And then, as we had even more time (seriously, all weekends should be three day weekends) I itched to unpack some boxes and put things away in the kitchen. Which then, I did that too. Sure, it was against policy and we were taking a chance with insurance I'm sure, but, we'd already gotten the thumbs up that I'd gotten final approval on the loan and all that was missing was my signature so we took that chance. And after all we'd been through with the builder, it didn't feel bad breaking one of their rules. Like a final kick in their butts. (Okay, to be honest, I'm so afraid of breaking rules that John and my parents continually gave me encouragement that breaking this rule was okay. But I did it, darn it.)


On Saturday night, my best friend came over and her, John and I had a few beers and had a putting-together-our-IKEA-couch-that-is-in-a-million-pieces party. Seriously, so much fun.

Ooh! A peeksy of the new rug!

And since we opted for no wire shelving in any of our closets, John went ahead and tackled the pantry and put up some nice wooden shelves. Eventually, we'd like to find a fun wallpaper or stencil for the wall and maybe paint the shelving. 

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So then Monday since we were already breaking rules, we decided it was time for the cats to come home. John brought them home and we met him there with Charley who is OBSESSED with cats. I took pictures of their reunion that night with my real camera and haven't uploaded them yet, but I don't think any of them will capture as much joy as this one from my phone did from the next day.


So anyways, we still had to make this home ownership thing official. We may have programmed garage door openers and let our cats roam free in the home, but it still really wasn't ours. We needed to go sign the papers.

As I mentioned, our appointment was at 11:00 a.m. yesterday. At about 8:00 that morning, I emailed the lender asking WHERE the closing was going to take place, and if everything was still on track for our closing time. I hesitated to add that last sentence because I feel like asking them just gave them an easy opportunity to delay things. 

Which they did, of course. They needed a few more hours, so as long as the attorney had availability that afternoon they'd need to move the closing to 2:00 instead. The attorney finally replied after an agonizing 15 minutes and he did have availability. Thank goodness. ONE thing is going our way.

We get to the attorney's office at 2 and we are forced to make small talk with the builder for over 45 minutes in the waiting room as the closing documents still weren't quite done. John's good at that kind of thing thankfully so I just giggled here and there to not seem like a complete whackadoo. Not there was any animosity between them and us or anything....

We get called back to the conference area to sign documents and it's really not too bad. Finish up, are handed the keys and we are on our way home! YAY!


Not so fast. As I had just uploaded the obligatory Facebook picture of our smiling faces while holding our keys- my phone rang.


It's the lender. They messed up something in the closing documents. Are we far away from the office? Can we go back and re-sign them all?

You have got to be kidding me. We still hadn't had lunch, and were just discussing where we should go to get a celebratory lunch. Guess we'll put off eating for a while longer. We go back to the office and are escorted back to the conference area where we wait.


And wait.


And wait.


I Candy Crushed, Facebooked, and went to the end of the internet. Then my phone died and John and I had the world championship of Rock, Paper, Scissors.


But finally. FINALLY. We were done. And could go home and EAT. No celebratory lunch with a drink though, we just wanted to get home and see Charley and get our beds into our new house. 


We moved just enough stuff from my parent's house to ours to get us through last night and this morning which gives us much more opportunity to go down to their house and move some more stuff tonight. Any excuse to go visit again. It's been less than 24 hours, and, I kind of miss them already. My dad came by this morning during breakfast and I was glad to see him. How crazy am I!? 

And although I've been withholding the name of the builder until we got our keys in our hands, I think I am finally ready to make it public knowledge. I will say that our house was built very well and it may be par for the course in new home construction, I still feel like putting my experience and review out there may be beneficial to future prospective customers. Like I said, our house is beautiful and really well built. We just had some timing and communication issues. With all that said, if you are building a house in the NC/SC area on your own land, Madison Homebuilders can do that for you. This was just my experience and I trust that anybody googling reviews of Madison Homebuilders will make a decision for themselves whether they take our experience into consideration or not.

You guys, it's over. Thanks for sticking around through all of it. Now, the fun part. I can hardly concentrate on anything at all with all these decorating ideas floating around in my head...


MillerMama said...

I am SO excited for you! What a mess! So glad you are all finally HOME!

Megan said...

Congrats!!!! So happy you are all in :) I can't wait to see all of your decorating!

Jessica said...

So exciting!!

The Beane's said...

Yay! Congratulations!!
Now the fun part... Organizing! :) :)
I like your May header btw!

Shannon H said...

Congrats! That's so exciting that your finally in your new place!

Jeff said...

Congratulations! I've never built a house, but I've purchased a couple and the process is ridiculous every time. I'm glad it all eventually worked out.

diana bowers said...

Congratulations! Finally, you get to be excited about YOUR house.

The Mrs./The Mom said...

Yaaay! You guys are in! I look forward to your decorating posts :) Which BTW I love the idea of stenciling the pantry walls but never and I mean NEVER in a million years will my pantry ever be that neat... never.

Lin said...

How exciting! Congratulations on the new house.

Heather said...

Hooray!! I can't even believe all the drama you've had building this house, but it's all worth it now! Can't wait to see the home tour once you have everything settled.

What does Charley think of her new bedroom? Is she adjusting OK?

Haley said...

Yayy!!! Halleujah... right?! it's feel so good doesn't it? I can totally relate with the decorating ideas! We've been in our house for a whole month and I'm still trying to figure out how the decorate and what paint color to pick. So glad the drama is over and you three can enjoy your new home now! How is Charley doing with the transition? ...btw your floors are beautifullll!

Lashawn Gore said...

Moving in can be very tiring, but in the end, you'll enjoy your new house. I see what you've done here and I commend for a job well done! Enjoy your fabulous house, Lacey! :)