Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Feeling a little annoyed, so I just need to vent.  We were originally told that our house was supposed to be done in mid July.  That was fine with us, but only if we could close mid September.  They let us extend the closing date to seal the deal.  Perfect.  Well, when we went for our pre-drywall, our PM told us (mid July came and went) that they were looking around August 22nd for the house to be complete.  Okay, that's a month later than expected, that's still fine, because we still want to move in by Sept. 16th.  This will not be a problem per the PM at our pre-drywall meeting.  Well, it's now August 31st, and we have absolutely no idea when the house is going to actually be complete.  We still do not have electric, the deck is not complete, the lawn, the landscaping, they need to fix a chipped piece of concrete on the garage floor, the driveway needs to be done, we do not have our appliances yet, they still need to recarpet the basement that got flooded, put hardwood in the dining room, there is a cracked window in the master bedroom, and the phone lines still need to be done.  The electric isn't even coming until next week.  We don't even have a settlement letter letting us know what day we are closing, and if we are closing on Sept. 16th (like the PM says they are shooting for), when are we going to get that?  It just seems unfair to us because we need to coordinate our work schedules to get a day off for closing, and we need to rent a truck for moving our stuff.  It's two weeks away, and I feel like we've been forgotten about.  Did anybody else feel like this?  How in the world are they going to get all of the things done that they need to finish before Sept. 16th?  And, shouldn't we have our letter by now if they were honestly that confident in reaching that goal?  It really just amazes me that their first anticipated closing date was mid July, and now all of a sudden they are shooting for OUR intended closing date.  What about the other houses in our unit of townhouses?  It's just really, really annoying and we have a lot going on.  If they can't get this done by Sept. 16th, the time between closing and the wedding will just keep on shrinking and we'll both officially be "insane".

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sealing Granite & Grout

Hello!  To the people who have already settled into their new homes, when did you seal your granite and grout in the shower?  I am not sure if we should do this immediately after closing?  Also - what products did you use and how long did it take you?  If you could let me know, that would be great!  Thank you so much!! :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Horrible Surprise

First of all, we ended up getting carpet in the dining room after all.  We spoke to our PM on Friday afternoon and told him we feared that they were going to carpet the dining room even though we paid for hardwood.  He said he'd be sure to make a call and make sure it was hardwood.  Well, we were out of town since Friday, so we swung by today.  Well - the dining room is carpeted.  That was our first surprise.

The living room has carpeting down, and the steps to the upstairs have padding on them, and the upstairs has carpeting laid out as well.  The basement steps have padding on them, and while we were heading down to the basement to see if it was carpeted (it's hard to see because we do not have electricity yet and it's a rainy day here today)...John gets to the bottom and sees that we have carpeting.  He steps off the last step and got a horrible surprise.


Yea, no joke, between 4-6" of water IN the basement ON TOP of the CARPETING.  I cannot even deal right now.  With so much going on between the house and wedding and work, I do not even know what to do.  I seriously was about to cry.  Then, I just got really angry...we went over to our Sales Rep because the model home was still open. 

We told him what is going on and he said this is happening because we do not have electricity right now so the sump pump isn't turning on, and that the area around our house is not grated (sp?) correctly yet.  I really kind of don't buy this.  I honestly think it's just something that the buyer would want to hear.  I, however, was raised by parents who don't take BS.  I said to him - regardless of the sump pump, water should not be getting into our basement.  He said water would probably get in to the sump pump but that's why it's there.  I'm starting to really wonder if Ryan gives the buyers a sump pump included for a reason.  Are they taking short cuts?

I need your opinions.  I honestly don't even know where to go with this one.  He said they would replace the carpeting and cut out the drywall that was affected and make sure everything is fine.  What am I supposed to do, go and watch them do this?  How am I supposed to believe that they will do the right thing?  This is a finished basement, we are going to use this as living space, I have horrible allergies and if I have mold in my living space, I am going to be miserable 24/7.  We are paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for this home.  Can you guys please help me on this one?  If there is one thing on my blog that concerns me the most - this is the post, and I REALLY need your opinions :( :(

Friday, August 12, 2011

Is this normal?

I went to the house last night, and we have our lighting fixtures now and they stained the banisters.  They also did end up painting the shutters and the front door the Colonial Red like they said they were going to...I was wrong about the color remaining the gray color!  What else...the porch was poured, and we have our sink and faucet...I have pics that I'll put on as soon as I get a minute to myself hahaha! 

Anyway - I have a question.  They have all of our hardwood done in the kitchen, foyer, powder room and coat closet.  We paid for hardwood in the dining room.  The hardwood has been finished in the rest of the house for over 2 weeks now.  Do you think they forgot to do our dining room?  Should I say something?  Why would they wait to do that room? 


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Locked in!!

Hey guys!  We are officially locked in at 4.25%.  We are happy to be there, since our initial cost calculation sheet was with an estimated 4.75% interest rate.  Already saving some money.  I know it's not much, but it means a lot to us.  AND, the cost was less than yesterday as well, so we really made out :)  We are going to the house tonight.  I have pics that I need to post.  We have our cabinets in, and our hardwood in the foyer, powder room, and kitchen.  We have our Vinyl in as well.  I will get some more pics tonight and post later!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rate Question...HELP!

We are feeling clueless on the whole locking in on our interest rate thing.  I contacted our NVR Rep today and he let us know that the rate for today on a 60 day lock is 4.25% - cost .375%.  What does this even mean?  4.25% sounds appealing to me, but is there somebody on here that can help me with this a little more?  I'm assuming that tomorrow's rates may be around the least I'm hoping because it's 4:30PM right now, and I could probably only lock this in until 5PM.  HELP!  PLEASE!

Thank you!!