We had handover on the 28th November last year, so even though we didn't move in till the 13th December, we've officially been in possession of the place for a year now. Sometimes I look around and think we've done hardly anything and feel all blah about how much there still is to do. Then I remember all the stuff we have done so far, and tell myself to get over it.
Really, apart from the landscaping, we have one feature light fitting that we haven't yet installed, the wardrobes need to be properly fitted out, we still need blinds on the bifolds, and that's about it. Everything else is optional - extra cabinets in the laundry, maybe a roof ladder installed in the garage, furniture, decorator stuff.... I'm sure I'll think of lots more things we "need" though. ;o)
Since it's that time, we had one of the builder's maintenance guys out a couple of weeks ago to do our 12-month inspection of all the "structural" defects that have appeared since the three-month inspection. They're mostly sticking doors, nail pops in ceilings (and one spectacular one in the hallway!) and so on. But there's also some sub-standard work that was done as part of the three-month maintenance that we're unhappy with, and a leak in the roof that developed about three weeks ago. Luckily the leak is in our ensuite, so only tiles were getting wet....
There was no problem about fixing any of it, and I even got them to agree to sort out the study downlights that take a good 10-15 seconds to come on when you press the switch. Various other people told us that that was normal. Hmmph.
Now I'm expecting a plumber to contact me about the leak and an electrician about the lights and a dodgy exhaust fan in the bathroom soonish. The rest is unlikely to be started till the New Year, but there's nothing pressing amongst it, so no biggie.
I'm keen to get this stuff out of the way and get the landscaping done, and then I think I'll start to feel like the house is complete.