Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fixes and other ramblings...

I'm happy to report that we were able to schedule our fixes!  In fact, our project manager and crew are at our house working as we speak.  You know, I was worried that maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist and being overly picky about things, but my husband told me that our project manager even acknowledged that a few things, like the trim work, should have been cleaned up much better than it was. 

We're very fortunate that there were no major issues with our house.  And I feel confident that our home is structurally sound!  Which, to me, is the most important thing.  We recently had a get together with a bunch of our new neighbors.  Our neighborhood is interesting because it was started by 1 builder and is now being finished by Ryan.  The original builder is a well known local builder, but they are EXPENSIVE!  For example, we ended up paying approximately $270,000 (we actually PAID less with the incentives, but on paper that is the estimate) for our approximately 2760 sq ft (I think?  pretty close...), 4 bedroom home.  A friend of ours built a 1800 sq ft home in a different neighborhood with this other builder and they paid $250,000 for their house!  Can you believe it?  And no, they did not get a lot of upgrades.  They also had to arrange for their lawn to be hydroseeded (Ryan takes care of this) - and from what I've heard that is a major pain in the rear end!  Our neighbors who have built with the other builder do like their homes, but have definitely had some issues with the builder.  It sounds like no builder is perfect, but we definitely got the most bang for our buck!

An interesting thing I found out this past weekend...did you know that when you go to a Ryan development to select a home to build, you aren't limited to the homes listed for that neighborhood??  I did not know that!  Apparently, they come up with a list of homes that fit the lots the best, but if they can fit it and you can pay for it, they'll build it.  I found this out because a house was started a couple of months ago and it's a ranch - we were so confused beacuse there were no ranches as options for the neighborhood!  One of the neighbors went and asked the sales rep at the model about it and that's what he found out.  Now, that doesn't mean that I wouldn't have still gone with the Ravenna - we got a great deal on our house!  But definitely interesting that you actually do have more options!

Oh and I WISH my husband had taken a picture of the blue tape markings I put up.  We were supposed to mark any fixes needed with blue tape and let's just say, I got a little blue tape happy.  I was in a crabby mood last night and taking it out on the tape - LOL.  Jeff busted out laughing when he saw my handy work!


  1. We have finally jumped into the fray. Follow us as we document our experience here:

  2. My husband went blue tape happy on our walk through too. I think he was enjoying himself a little too much.