Well its only Tuesday and this week I am over already! Firstly the roof tilers were not at our house yesterday morning, or indeed again today.. Yesterday and today being the ONLY 2 good days of weather we are offered this week and the other small issue of solar being installed on Friday. WHY? ..The scaffolders haven’t put the barriers high enough and the skilled climbers who put tiles on the roof are not working unless its done. *Cue email to scaffolders.. still waiting! The roof chippie managed, my 12 year old has traversed the beams and I have climbed the dizzying heights.. Anyways I get on the phone for a bitch about the crap roofers to Jon, who left at the crack of pre dawn to get into Perth for “Office Monday”. Jon is NOT having a good day either, he can’t talk about it and promises to e- mail /phone concerned parties. Slightly miffed but with cleaning to do I carry on, upon clearing out the mass of bumph contained within the rates notification from the council, I stumble upon how its worked out and notice that we pay more for vacant land than you do for “improved” land. Ok lets improve the day I will give them a ring and se if I can save us some money..This is where the day unravels and I spend the whole afternoon in meltdown because it looks like we F*&%$#D something up.
Everyone knows what a “stickler” for doing things by the book Jon is. It took us months of patiently waiting till we had all our ducks in a row and even then we got stung with long weekends and public holidays to boot slowing down the process…But we did it all right and got everything approved by the government and local shire and we were off. RIGHT?.. err NO… so back to yesterday, I ring the number and get put through to the Watercorp.. Odd I think, I called the Shire but the lady (a nice helpful girl called Courtney) says no I can assist..We do that for you. So I ask, she confirms we can get it adjusted after we complete on the build.. GREAT.. then she asks about the water, confused I say “we have an account, direct debit registered ” etc . They have no record of a meter there and definitely no building plans or our pre approval from them?. OMG so now I am freaking out, she is mentioning illegal building permit fines or something like that, that I need to take a reading of the number of the actual meter (which we are not meant to have)?, approvals & building plans she hasn’t got in a “builders net”? and I am just losing the plot..We have an account, have been paying the direct debits, we used a registered plumber what is going on?.
I defer to Jon (he’s good like that, and he knows everything, or so I thought).. so the moment the poor sod walks through the door (which actually turned out to be a lot later than he planned) I am in his face blurting out the whole afternoon at a million miles an hour and he’s like “WHAT”?. Jon rings the plumber, who eventually gets back to us and he hasn’t submitted anything.. GREAT!, he just applied his intention or something to a building licence thing for the sewers.. Ok Brilliant..So Jon phones back this Courtney on her extension, who isn’t there.. The new lady reads the notes then advises Jon that we need to submit the connection application, they need to install a new meter… BECAUSE it gets even better… apparently this one thats on here has been reported stollen previously!???. I mean you can’t make this shit up.
So last night was spent trying to sort out Jon’s work issue, frantically calling the water people to try and get things sorted..and Wine lots of wine. So much for not drinking in the week! Its still playing on my mind today hence the update to you guys. I hope its all going to sort itself out now Jon has spoken to them.. There were two ways to look at it, I was upset I had to break bad news to Jon when he was so busy BUT thankfully at least we have found out now and quickly dealt with it before happily continuing blissfully unawares. We certainly don’t want to be starting off our new life and House on the wrong side of the law!
Lets hope this also serves to anyone else thinking of building… after you have checked and rechecked and then checked again like we did… ASK someone else who built, because you never know what you missed!
Lets hope the week improves?.