Micromanaging towards the End of Renovations

We're nearing the end of renovations. It's exciting, but there are still a lot of loose ends to tie up. Here's what we've accomplished this week:

  • All windows are in! We were waiting on the sliding patio door and one last window in the living room which were both installed on Monday.
  • We passed one inspection on Tuesday. There's another final inspection right before we move in.
  • All electrical outlets and fixtures are in!
  • IKEA bathroom vanities are in!
  • Countertops are in!
  • Sinks are in and cutouts have been made in the countertops for the soap dispensers!
  • Plumbing is done!
  • Shower door measurements are happening tomorrow.
  • Drywall guys patched up any loose holes and blemishes.

We've realized that in order to remain on track, we need to micromanage our contractor. At this point, he and his subcontractors are working on new projects. Instead of weekly e-mail updates, we're giving him daily texts and phone calls. We're also triple checking all our invoices to ensure that we've covered everything we've paid for.

We ran into some expected hiccups because our electrician didn't inform us of areas that would affect the final inspection (i.e. making sure all the lights are LED energy efficient, having a chain instead of a cord for the dining room chandelier, etc). So in the meantime, we're capping off those areas or putting dummy fixtures which we'll switch out later after the final inspection (shh...). At this point, we just need to get past final inspection and hopefully be moved-in in two weeks!