Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's starting to look a lot like a house....

 
  
 

8 comments:

jbryan1177 said...

Thanks for your blog. My wife and I are considering an NV home and this is very helpful. Do you mind if I send you a few specific questions via e-mail with regarding your experience with NV/Ryan? Thanks

Britni said...

Which home are you going with? We are going with the Venice. I really appreciate your blog. We signed the contract last weekend. We pick out carpeting next week.

ThriftyAmy said...

Hi Britni, my posts from 12/26 and 12/28 talk about the Florence I'm building. I hope you're finding all of my posts helpful!

jbryan1177 - I sent you an email. Glad you're enjoying my blog!

Kelly said...

This is a fantastic blog and I have read all the posts which is extremely helpful in our consideration of Ryan Homes. Amy, you and I are cut from the same cloth! My husband and I are looking at building with Ryan in Buffalo. We are relocating from the west coast and not familiar with this builder. My husband's coworkers in Buffalo have nothing good to say about Ryan (of course none of them are customers either). The local builders are pretty pricey and really dated with their floor plans and options, so we are attracted to Ryan the most. It sounds like a good deal w/ the promo they ran with options. My question to you is: Did you try negotiating on base price &/or options, and if so how responsive were they to that?

ThriftyAmy said...

Hi Kelly!! I did try to negotiate - no luck. I was only able to get them to waive the change order fee of $200 with our last session of upgrades. People have to understand that Ryan Homes is NOT a custom home builder. They build "cookie-cutter" homes. This is why they can build so fast and so inexpensively. As a wise person once said (quoted earlier in my blog) - "Happy people just go on living their lives, it's the unhappy people that take the time to rant". There are thousands of Ryan homeowners out there - you're not going to please everyone - NO HOME BUILDER CAN. Everyone has an opinion and my blog just gives mine - honestly.

jbryan1177 said...

Hi ThrifyAmy,

My apologies but I did not get your email. Can you please resend (jbryan1177@hotmail.com)?

thanks,

J Vaughn said...

This comment will be too late for the OP but maybe someone will read it.
I am currently building with Ryan and wanted to comment on the negotiations question. The incentive in my community was a free finished basement. I really wanted to do this myself for many reasons, mainly because it's mostly labor costs and I felt I could create a better layout than what they do. Anyway I was able to negotiate with Ryan and get other upgrades I wanted instead ofthe basement. They would not go 1 for 1 in costs of upgrades because they also recognized that finishing a basement is
mostly labor costs. I ended up trading a 10k$ basement for additional windows in the great room, elevation B (on the Dunkirk model) , and an egress basement window (so that sq ft legaly counts when I finish the basement). All told I only got $5200 in upgrades I place of the $10k basement but I think I will be better off in the long run.
Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

FYI, square footage (commonly called GLA for gross living area) only counts finished, heated, liveable space that is 100% above grade on all sides. Basements never count as square footage.