For those not acquainted with the game of tiddywinks, you can get all the details here... at the moment it seems to be a bit more fun than waiting for handover, and feels about as frustrating and fiddly getting all the little bits to go where you want.
The house has effectively been finished for the last two weeks. We had our inspection on the 4th of November, and there were only little bits of painting to be fixed, and a chip in the en-suite shower base (poly-marble) which they will fill and polish and we will never know it was there.
The big hold up are the gas and bank. The gas line people have been busy/late a lot apparently, and between no prompting from the office to call our bank (or perhaps call them themselves?) and the busyness of the people involved the bank inspection isn't until this Thursday (17th)... and we still don't have a hand over date!
On the positive side, the finials have been painted, the temporary fence, skip bin and porta-loo have been removed, and we drove by this morning to find that the gas line has been installed - so all we need now is the gas meter and we will be cooking with... ummm... gas!
I had to delay the Telstra connection (optimistically booked for this morning)... which I really hated to do, as I figured it is usually the other way around. Here's hoping neither of us will need to delay it a second time.
My apologies for keeping you all waiting and guessing... wonder if the builder will ever offer a similar apology to us?