A word of caution if you're using a VA loan--be prepared for a longer wait between the time your house is complete and the time you go to closing. We were initially told that our final walkthrough would happen on January 30th, which means closing would happen around the first week of February--or so we thought. We got the word on Friday that our closing is scheduled for February 22nd...almost three weeks later than we have thought all along!!
Here's what happened...the VA appraiser can't come to the house until it is 95% complete. For us, that day is January 24th. After they come to the house, they have 10 business days to complete the appraisal report. Doing the math, that would be February 7th. So, there's a chance we could close sooner than the 22nd, but NVR is adding cushion in the event of a delay with the VA. I guess they have gotten burned before.
So, let that be a lesson to VA loan users. Our total time from groundbreaking to this estimated, delayed closing date is 108 days! It's going to be hard to watch our completed house sit empty for three weeks.
In good news, the first coat of real paint went on yesterday. Apparently what I thought was paint before was actually primer. :-)