Now that we have settled in a little, I wanted to give an update. We finally took all the plastic and cardboard off the floor. We used the sticky plastic for the carpet for moving and cardboard for the wood. It was nice not having to worry about people taking off their shoes while moving things in. However people didn’t seem to stay on the plastic of the carpet, so it was a little bit of a waste. The good news there was no harm done. As for the walls in the stairwell, that’s another story. I tried a magic eraser and let me tell you it made it worse with the flat paint they use. So we will be using the free touch up kit they offer for that until we paint. We were able to adjust our dampers to make it cooler upstairs. Having dampers is a great feature and they were all very easy to access. Our PM stopped by to help us locate and adjust our dampers, which was a big help. We finally have internet and TV. They hooked us up last Friday, the only day that week we didn’t have appointment. As all the techs that showed up for the appointments didn’t know what they were doing, lucky our PM was able to explain to the Comcast techshow to do their job. The Comcast techs were going to the wrong box at first then they ran the wrong cable. The good news is it’s working great now. We got the X1, and love it. Since moving in our PM has been great helping with any questions. No problems yet, just questions, as there is a lot to learn with any new home. Since we don’t have any blinds yet other than the bedroom, we haven't really needed to turn on any lights unless until like , because the all the windows are great for letting light in during the summer and we didn’t even have to pay for any extra windows. Last week we did find the light in our attic left on by the workers from before we moved in. Glad we found it, I know it’s just one light, but one light on forever where we don’t ever need it is a waste of money/power.
We have completed a couple projects around the house:
Sealing all grout
Installed deadbolt to the door into the garage and added a Smart door lock on top of the deadbolt (the coolest thing ever)
Installed a Smart Thermostat
Installed Black out blinds in bedroom
Installed Ceiling fans/lights (one done, the other needs a new fuse)
Installed Garage door opener
Installed Water softener and filter
Changed all HVAC filters
Install latch vent (for the cat to be able to go into unfinished area of the basement without the dog following him)
Installed security camera
What’s left to do:
Install more lights/fans
Install security light outback
Get blinds for the family room and installing them
Get and Install a light on a timer for the cat (he likes to hang out in the unfinished area of the basement and needs a light)
Hang things on the wall
Review and What I would do different:
So far our 30 day fixes will just be drywall, cabinet, and grout touch ups. No big deal. As I didn’t notice them until we moved in.
What I would do differently if I ever built a house again (which I would build with Ryan again if I ever move again):
Put a hold on our lot for 24 hours while we think what we want added to the contact (extra things or costing cost included, being allowed in to our house to see during normal SR or PM hours)
Go to the flooring appointment together (write into our contract we can wait until a weekend appointment is free)
Double check the flooring paperwork name by name reading the name on the back of the sample not just taking the word of the flooring person that it’s called that (we missed a mistake)
Take off work the whole for drywall meeting (so we won’t be rushed to get back to work)
Ask for each bathroom outlets upstairs to be on a different circuit (cost extra)
Ask for every other outlet in the finished basement to be on one extra circuit, meaning 2 circuits for all the outlets instead of 1(cost extra)
Upgrade all the carpet to the carpet I loved (try to ask for a discount to be able to do it)
Email my PM weekly with anything I see wrong (I waited until the end, which didn’t leave our PM that much time)
One thing I have to say with building with any builder: The quality of work will be as good or bad as you allow. You need to have a trained eye or hire someone to look over things to point out things you want fixed. Mistakes happen no one is perfect and if you point it out chances are they will make it right. Our PM made it right.
The great thing about Ryan Homes is there a big company. You know they will not be filing for bankruptcy and changing their name to run from their warranties, which smaller no name builders do sometimes. Their warranties don’t cover everything but it covers what matters to me. Like how they have 30 day and 10 month check up. Landscaping isn’t covered for a reason, as plates and grass can die depending on how you take care of them and how the weather is. Yes some things are builder grade they put in your home, but this allows you to upgrade later to the model you really want/need without having to pick an upgrade from a list and it not be 100% what you really want after having to pay more for it. Ryan homes isn't a customer builder, but you can count on them if something goes wrong, they will make it right and thats important part to me. Building a new house can be stressful and take a lot of time, but it's 100% worth it.
I hope to be fully unpacked when our 30 day checkup comes around.