We've been in our Ravenna for 3 whole months now. Our awesome PM continues to work on fixing some of the minor issues we are having and is always in touch with us about what he's working on. The second to last house is under roof - one more house and then Ryan is done with the 15 homes they built in this neighborhood. And we are done with dump trucks and early morning hammering!
We still have not met many of our neighbors, mostly I think because we were the second ones in and aren't directly adjacent to any of the new homes. And because everyone else moved in during the colder and dark months. I hope that as it gets warmer and the days get longer, we'll be able to get to know each other a bit better.
Yesterday, I washed my car in the driveway for the very first time. And realized we should have gotten an extra hose bib near the garage. :) I'm always realizing things like this.
Today, as I was cleaning the kitchen (how does it get so gross?), I realized that the house isn't new anymore. The cabinets have fingerprints and food smears on them, there are crumbs that I can see just under the stove that the vacuum doesn't suck up, there are dings and scratches on the countertops... These aren't major, but are in stark contrast to this picture of perfection I have in my head. The picture put there by that damn model house that always looked perfect and clean!
So, my question to my Ryan friends, what is the best way that you have found to:
Clean the cabinets? I am afraid to use anything for fear of messing up the finish.
Clean the hardwood floors? The vacuum is great, and we've got this little mop shiner thing, but I think its time for something a bit stronger.
Shine up the sink? Man, its already got those rust stains in it.
Did I mention that the elderly cat has also had several "accidents" (accidents in quotes because I'm pretty sure he is doing it on purpose) on the hardwood floors. A little Fantastic and Nature's Miracle has done the trick so far, but I am not a happy camper. Neither is BF. But the cats, they seem to be pretty happy.
Not so new anymore, but we are still loving our new home.