Then, last week Friday, I made the final order for our windows! I tell you, my whole experience with Vic at Durabuilt Windows and Doors has been fantastic! Vic is one of the nicest guys in the industry I have met and he has always treated me with respect. Others that I have talked to in regards to our windows (and I interacted with quite a few) seemed a little aloof or arrogant or condescending or uninterested. Not Vic. He answered every question thoroughly, was super quick on answering all emails, and, when I was signing all the paperwork, shared a little about his life here in Canada (he moved here from India only 3 years ago). He is intelligent, interested in your life, knowledgeable about his job, and just a really nice guy! So, I was thrilled to be able to go through this process with him. Others in the industry are saying that Durabuilt has some remarkable products and are innovative in their window design. I am excited to be using their windows in our house. Though we have signed all the paperwork they will not make the windows until we give them the go-ahead at the end of May, once we have actually started and know where we are at in the construction timeline. But then all it takes is one quick phone call or email and the order is sent to manufacturing.
This week we also placed the order for our trusses and it turns out they were about $4000 less than the budgeted amount just because we shopped around for different estimates! We were thrilled about those savings. We are just in the process of confirming that each and every truss is correct (we are so thankful to be working with a seasoned contractor/carpenter because he actually knows what he is looking at when he looks at the truss design while we can only understand the basics!) and then early next week that order will be sent to manufacturing as well! So exciting to see each step falling into place.
Finally, Jason sat down with a financial institution this week to secure our mortgage. We have been doing all of the purchasing so far with cash but that only goes so far when you are building a house! After talking to various institutions and learning all about the different products, Jason made his final decision and got all the paperwork started for that. When it comes to financial decisions like our mortgage, Jason makes the final choices. I trust him explicitly since he knows exactly what he wants and understands everything they are telling him and knows what is right for us. He has been wise with our money in the past and I know he will continue to make the choices that are best for us in the future. We will go in to sign all the documents this week so we will have disbursements in time to pay the various trades.
As it stands, we are just over 1 week away from digging that basement hole, if everything goes according to schedule. And even the kids are starting to get excited, telling me just yesterday that they cannot wait to build the new house and move into it! They are looking forward to more space just as we are!