An EQC assessment team visited the Alpine View Lane house on Thursday afternoon. We were worried that by having the painting done without their authorisation, we'd have to pay; in fact, we were resigned to the inevitability of this. But the assessors said that as it was meant to be done anyway, the painter was registered with Fletchers, and it made sense to paint the house while it was empty, then EQC will pay! That's a nice little present. Now that we don't have to face a painting bill, we're revising our ideas about whether to replace some tired looking carpet instead.
Heather went furniture shopping with her sisters Elaine and Pam yesterday, and put reserves on several items, so we're off this morning to give me a look and then confirm the purchases. So far she's selected a dining table (and possibly a set of red-leather upholstered dining chairs), a 3 seater sofa, an armchair for her and a leather recliner for me, some side tables, and an entertainment cabinet for the TV and home theatre gadgets. The leather recliner is a ridiculous price, but she says it's miles better than any others she saw; anyway, my bum will have the final say.
Then we have to buy a bed and some single bed mattresses, more bookshelves and drawer units, assorted whiteware, and power tools. We'll be busy little consumers for a few more weeks yet!
UPDATE: All bought, but the TV cabinet was modified a tad - at D A Lewis they have their own factory for a lot of stuff, so they build to order. And we bought a bed, a real Sealy Posturepedic. Retailers are doing crazy reductions at present; if you have cash, now's a great time to buy stuff. We started running into our daily limits on Eftpos and Visa, so I have to do a couple of online transfers to pay the last two retailers we visited. It was a lot to spend at one hit, but it had to be done, and could have taken weeks if we hadn't been organised.