Dateline: settlement day +1.
We were sitting on the floor – in the master bed – as it has carpets, eating fish & chips and drinking bubbles (surely you do that too when you buy a house?) I had my shoes off, so when I made the eventual walk to the loo, I noticed the floor was wet.
Specifically, the bare chipboard in the corridor next to the wall was wet. Odd – nothing on the other side, which is the bathroom. Big damp patch underneath – which is the garage. No damage on the wall. Lucky it’s easy to see the roof – from the terraced backyard – and yes there was a pipey thing sticking out – they are required to prevent airlocks in the pipes or something. Clearly the rain was finding away down outside the pipe – new flashing one assumes.
Not so urgent though. We filed it on the “January” list and moved in.
Then we discovered the next issue: no water out of the hot tap in the kitchen. Quick email to the previous owner – yes it had been repaired many times.
Dispatch man to Bunnings – to return with a $120 mixer tap which looks like it will fit the existing plumbing. He tries fitting it himself – but no man or beast could actually remove the bit the tap connects to!
I swear these things are designed to ensure you employ tradesmen! By then it’s the day before Xmas Eve – but there are plenty of trades on site at the new-build townhouse down the road. Nope, plumber there is too busy. But Google finds me another plumber in the same street as us – he turns up in person rather than respond to the phone message (which is good because the mobile coverage is another story!). Tap installed, cash paid, invoice missing in the mail 🙂
All is bliss (as much as unpacking can be) – until late Christmas Eve – when I notice that the hot water is pretty more like lukewarm – after much tap running this resolves to pretty cool water.
We resolve to forget about it until next week – we can boil water for dishes (yes the place doesn’t have a dishwasher) – we can return to out yet-to-be-rented previous house for showers. We buy a new electric jug once the 5-year-old one calls time on all the extra work.
In the end given that we have water but not the hot variety, and the hot water cylinder is a low-pressure (aka crap pressure) electric variety – I called a local electrician.
So by the 29th – the Monday after Xmas we had not just hot water, but an aerial that worked too – bliss, suddenly it’s more like a home and less like a camping holiday! It’s going to take a long time to get bored with views like this though!
Note: for non-NZ and Australian readers. We take our holidays seriously around here. Nothing is open Xmas Day, not even McDonalds! Boxing Day (Friday last year) is also a holiday – so that’s a 4 day holiday for many, followed the following week, by another 4 day holiday (1 and 2 Jan are holidays). Most businesses shut up for the 2 weeks, so do most employees, why would you NOT take 5 days leave and get 2 weeks away from work?