18 August 2010 – 17 September 2010
Don’t think I mentioned this in my previous post. Like any other clients of renovators/contractors, we too had problems with workmanship and delivery dates. But I must say that we were more fortunate, simply because we had a good coordinator – a LADY who commands, ensures and organizes our requirements, payments, etc from the beginning of the consultation period right till the delivery of the finished goods. It seems rather strange that a woman could control and manage construction projects better than men, but I must give credits to her ability to remember most of the details and changes we made in our renovation plans and how diligently she helped us to follow up on our progress eventhough she was swamped with many other customers’ requests at the same time. Well, I guess, I have to give credit to my husband as well who managed to ‘PR’ her into giving us so much of attention .. haha .. charms work with the opposite sex .. all the time baby, all the time.
We were pretty satisfied with the overall renovation work, except for the lopsidedness of the kitchen cabinets. Gosh, it was such an eyesore, I cannot imagine myself living with this kind of workmanship. You see, the kitchen top was constructed by the renovation company we engaged, and the cabinets by a different supplier which the renovation company has engaged. Hence, it tends to get a lil bit messy when two companies are doing the same thing at the same time. So both companies started analyzing the problem with the lopsided kitchen cabinet. It started with the kitchen cabinet company. They claimed that the kitchen cement top, which was constructed by the renovation company was not even. Ok, so we called in the renovation company and at first, they denied the kitchen cabinet claims … oh oh, this doesn’t sound good. I was beginning to lose my patience and told the lady in charge that, this has to be fixed and I told hubs that if this doesn’t get fixed, we are not going to pay the balance of the total renovation costs. We were given an option by the renovation company to dismantle the entire kitchen top which has serious implication on our moving plans. Also, the dismantling business may cause a dent on the expensive kitchen sink that we bought from the Home Dec exhibition (no way am I going to allow this to happen). Since this option wasn’t so favourable, we only had one more left – which is to get the kitchen cabinet company to try shifting the cabinet doors upwards more to cover the gaps of the lopsidedness. They did a wonderful job with the wet kitchen ones, but had some problems with the dry kitchen ones. After several attempts, it finally look alright – though not perfect, and not too hideous either. Woah lah, our job’s done and I am so grateful we need not dismantle the kitchen top. It was a sigh of relief for the lady supervisor as well. I am very glad that she did not hesitate the slightest bit to accomodate our needs eventhough it meant giving themselves more jobs to do.
13 September 2010
Finally, the entire renovation work has completed! We had to start cleaning up the house. The house is a total mess. Although the renovation company help us mop most of the cement off, it was still very dusty. We reckoned that it will take tons and tons of mopping the floors before we can really get rid of the dust. Since the house’s so big, we couldn’t possibly clean the entire house on our own. Thoughts of engaging cleaning services ran through our minds. But cleaning services ain’t cheap either. We were charged RM300 just to clean up a bare unit and I thought that was exorbitant! We managed to bargain the price till RM200, but it still sounds very expensive to me … and my mum! Mum and aunt and my sister in law wanted to help us out, but I don’t think I like the idea of troubling our family members on this. We stuck to the decision to hire cleaners with RM200, but with expectations that they will clean the entire house till we are satisfied with the outcome …but it never did happen! We literally had them clean the house three times for the price we were charged and I made sure that they clean up ALL the walls in the house as well. The final outcome? Not to satisfactory and not too unsatisfactory either. We still need to clean up after them – but not as much of course.
15 September 2010
We had made plans with furniture companies to start moving the furniture we bought on this day. Unfortunately, we delayed the delivery of our washing machine and our bed due to the initial hiccups we had with the renovation. Then came another hiccup, our sofa wasn’t manufactured yet! But the furniture company made arrangements to have a temporary sofa set to be loaned to us while we wait for our original sofa set to come. Not a bad service indeed. We were sitting on the loan sofa for 10 days before our original one was finally delivered to us. Even with all the furniture in place, I still feel that our house was pretty empty due to the visible ample space between the living room and the dining room. Not to mention, the walls look pretty white and blank without any paintings/photos hung on them (need to work on this).
17 September 2010
WE FINALLY MOVED IN TO OUR NEW PLACE. It was certainly a tiring process of moving our stuff from our rented apartment in Puchong, traveling all the way to our current place which is about 50+ km away. We settled everything on this very day itself, but we waited until 3 days later to clear the rest of the rubbish we have before handing over the keys back to the owner of the apartment. Boy, do I miss this place! Very nostalgic – it is the very first ‘home’ me and hubs had when we got married and settled as husband and wife. And I certainly was going to miss my old life .. I am still missing my old life btw 😦 But life must go on and we have to embrace something new. On this very day itself, I started first day at work on my new job. I was overwhelmed with so many new changes in my life suddenly. New job, new home, new life! It was abit too much for me to handle, but thankfully, I did (except for my new job). I kinda like staying at my current place which is right next to the mountains of the “Banjaran Titiwangsa”. I love the mountains very much – always reminds me of the wonders of God’s creation. How majestic, How wonderful it is to know that God is the creator of this Universe.
22 September 2010
Our washing machine arrived and so did our bed. We had to bunk at the guest room with our existing bed before we get to officially sleep on our new one. After furnishing the mattress and pillows with Akemi bedsheets and covers, we were very proud and satisfied with the final outcome. It looks comfy and it feels comfy too. However, my experience with the new washing machine was a disaster. It was more complicated than the one we had at the apartment. Just wasn’t too user-friendly and I had thoughts of selling it off and buying another one back – we’ll see how we can manage it :p