Sidewalk Supervising Your Own House

This was our dream home? A 10-foot-high mound of red Georgia clay obscured the entrance to our house. Inside, the builder was preparing to lay carpeting in the living and dining rooms, where we had bargained for an oak floor. The fireplace damper didn't work. The deck was laid not on concrete blocks but directly onto the ground, an invitation to termites. With less than two weeks to go before the closing, I was more than a little nervous. But constant nagging on my part helped get everything done properly and on time.

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