Building Our New Home, Part 8

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Published on January 23, 2012 / Last updated on January 23, 2012

My husband, Matt, and I are building our new home. This is the eighth in a series of who-knows-how-many. I’m writing from the perspective of a buyer, and an agent, since I am both in this case.

We had two important walk-throughs last week and the week before.  On the 11th, we met with the electrician to go over what we wanted, and where we wanted it.  I, personally, don’t have many electrical needs.  I just need the light to turn on when I hit the switch, the refrigerator to refrigerate, the oven to bake, the freezer to freeze, and the heat pump to heat/cool.  Oh, and my curling iron to work when I plug it in.

Matt, on the other hand, has enormous electrical needs.  He works from home, on his computer, and with lots of accompanying accessories (printer, scanner, stereo, TV, DVD, etc.).  Therefore he spent a great deal of time going over “amps” with the electrician.  After a freezing cold 45-minutes, everything was straightened out and we knew what was going where and how much power there would be.

Then, on the 17th, we walked through with Tim, the supervisor.  Tim invited us to take pictures before the drywall was installed, covering up all the tubes and wires and studs.  That way, if we wanted to make changes later, or even to hang items from the wall, we’d know exactly where a crucial wire or pipe would be, so we wouldn’t mess things up, and so things would be easier.  That was a very informative meeting, and we feel confident that what needs to be done has been done and we’re on to the next step.

I think the house is going to be closed off to non-worker access from this point on.  Almost everything that needed to be done outside has been completed, and now everything will be done inside.  They lock the doors so random passers-by (and future homeowners!) can’t traipse through and disturb the work.  Heavy sigh.

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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