My fiancé and I have been together for 6 1/2 years and we have two beautiful children. We are actually getting married this month, so life has been hectic. Our 3 bedroom apartment is literally bursting at the seams and our living room is slowing becoming storage. We decided that we need to move into a house and also decided to start the whole building process with Ryan Homes. (Again)
I say again because we started to do the building process with the same neighborhood before, but we backed out because the timing wasn't right. This time, we are 100% positive that the time is right and we couldn't be happier. We decided to go with the Landon model at the neighborhood we chose because of the awesome price they're offering it at and it's just beautiful!
We had our first appointment with our SR about two weeks ago and have since met with NVR, Guardian, and we're meeting with Rite Rug tomorrow. During our first go-around, we went through these meetings, so we are more prepared this time. We felt very rushed the first time and it made us feel uneasy. Again, I think it was because we knew we weren't quite ready.
At the NVR appointment, the rep was very friendly and helpful. We made sure to have all of our paperwork ready and in order of the checklist they provided via email beforehand - or you can get online. My fiancé didn't have his 2014 tax returns, so NVR is going to order it for us. He gave us pointers on how we could raise our credit score and gave us a sheet that showed the process of underwriting and such. We haven't heard anything since our appointment (last Friday), but hope to soon. This appointment took about an hour.
We were at the Guardian appointment for about an hour or more. This is where you pick your cable ports (I think that's what it's called), speakers, and alarm system. It is very easy to quickly rack up the $ at this appointment, so be prepared and know what you want before you go in. Set a budget and stick to it.
Oh! We also met with our SR again last Sunday to sign a change order since we decided to change a few things about the house. The SR has to do a change order EVERY time you make a change to the house until everything is set in stone.
Want to learn a trick with Ryan Homes? This may or may not vary by each neighborhood, but it can't hurt to try. You add EVERYTHING to your wish list at the beginning. They will give you the price of the home after the base price, premium of the lot, and upgrades. You then ask them to bring a certain percentage to closing and that percentage would be based off of the total cost of the house. (MAKE SURE THEY PUT THIS IN WRITING AND YOU SIGN THE CONTRACT!!) THEN you go in and take out stuff that you really don't need/want and they won't be able to change their percentage since they signed the contract. We negotiated them bringing 2% to closing and then realized later that the 2% they're bringing doesn't change, no matter how much you add or take out.
In the end, we have decided to get all structural things first since they're the hardest to change later. Then we added stuff on the interior that was within our budget. The bonus room costs $16k for them to add it now, but it would cost about $40k for us to add it on later. Those are the kinds of structural things I'm talking about. The finished basement was an incentive for us to use NVR.
My fiancé doesn't want me posting any pictures of the house, so unfortunately I can't share those on here. But I will try my best to describe the home and give as many tips/tricks as I can. I, myself, have learned a lot just from reading many of the other Ryan Homes blogs. Unfortunately there aren't many about the Landon model, but I read all that I could find.
What we are getting:
-First pick of cul-de-sac lot. The backyard backs into trees and they said there is no chance that there will be any homes built behind ours. Also, the backyard is mainly flat with a faint slope in the very back. The other lots on the cul-de-sac have big slopes in their backyards, so we didn't choose any of those. Plus, ours was cheaper.
-Elevation A with partial stone (stone is all over the garage)
-Upgraded Master Bath (separate tub and shower)
-Finished Basement - my fiancé doesn't want a bathroom down there, so no rough ins
-Upgraded Cabinets (Cherry Bordeaux) with cabinet crown molding
-Upgraded to Stainless Steel Appliances (They provide stove, microwave, and dishwasher. You have to buy your own refrigerator and washer/dryer)
-Granite Countertops (Level 2) - this is what we're picking out tomorrow
-Luxury Vinyl Flooring in the kitchen - this is also what we're picking out tomorrow
-Expecting to pick Carpet A with upgraded 8 lb. padding (learned that this is the best to do from other blogs). This may change tomorrow as well, but we'll see.
-Tray Ceiling in master bedroom
-Planning desk in the morning room
I'm sure there's more that I'm missing. We had a very hard time with choosing what to get and what not to get. Some things we can do down the road easier than others (i.e. floors), but we also wanted some things to already be done when we moved in (i.e. granite).
Crossing my fingers that our Rite Rug appointment goes as planned tomorrow!