When we decided a few months ago to start the process with Ryan Homes, I asked questions, got advice, and went online to do research. I quickly realized a lot of what is online, for any company in any business, is negative. After all, it is mostly un-satisfied customers who to take the web, the satisfied ones simple just go about their lives. I did run across a blog ThrifyAmy was writting about her experience and it set something off inside me. I would blog about my experience too. The good, the bad, the ugly. I would be truthful, and let others draw their own conclusions.
And so, my blog was started. =)
Since starting this blog, I have done a little bit of research and from what I learned, there are definite benefits to building with Ryan Homes, and a draw back or two.
1. All Ryan Homes are Energy Star homes. They meet and/or exceed the government standards for this. Did you know they have to pass an inspection to qualify for this? Your house will have to pass too. And when it does, can you say "tax write-off"? =) There are also loans out there, "green loans", for homes like this. Our local credit union has one, and it's amazing. Check into this and do your research!
2. We were told to make sure to put in our contract that we wanted a pre-dry wall inspection. It's there, we provide the inspector and pay the fee. But I have learned that Ryan has a pre-dry wall meeting with every customer. You get to walk through the home with your PM (project manager)and look at everything and address any concerns you have before the dry-wall is put up. This is STANDARD!
3. They don't build "inventory homes" (homes that are just built and sit there until they are sold). They only build a home once a contract has been made with the customer. I like this. It means there are not a lot of empty homes sitting around waiting for young, rebellious, teenagers to do with as they wish.
4. Ryan homes is one of the top 10 builders in the USA. And some sites list them as in the top 5. Did you know that? They are able to build homes in approximately 3-4 months vs. 6-12. Everything is pre-cut at local plants and then shipped to the site. This process allows Ryan to pass savings onto their clients/customers.
5. Post sale meetings!!! Yup, you read that right. Ryan meets with you 30 days after you move in to address any issues you have, and fix them (does a door stick? floor squeak?). This is only the first of 2 meetings.
The second takes place around the 10-11 month mark. This meeting is also to address any concerns that have come up with in your first year in the home, and get those fix if needed (example: nail pops in the wall). How many builders out there offer these? Many will just hand you the keys at closing and then "good luck to you".
6. The Ryan Homes bloggers!! I have met such a wonderful community of people online that offer you real support, answer your questions, and are GENUINELY excited for you because they are going through it all too. They are amazing.
However, I there is one draw back I have found. I call it "nickle and dimeing you". Ryan homes gives you 2 phone jacks, 2 tv jacks. The dinning room I believe comes with a light, and there is florescent in the kitchen that comes standard. All other rooms come with a switch on the wall to turn a light you have plugged in. You want over head lighting (or more fans), you have to pay for the pre-wire. Then if you want Ryan to put in the lights, you to pay for those too. They are NOT included. =/
We opted for a light rough-in (pre-wire in the ceiling) for the study and for 3 more fan rough-ins in the other 3 bedrooms and have one in the Den and Bedroom. However, we are NOT paying Ryan to supply these. We already have 2 fans. I'm not sure if Ryan will supply the one for the Den and Master Bedroom or not. But it's slightly cheaper to do it on our own, plus, we have a hook-up who should be able to help with cost. =)
So, I'm not real happy about the having to pay for lights ON TOP of rough-ins. But so far, that is my ONLY complaint. =) I think if you are paying for the rough-in, they should be included. I don't want to pay for fixtures in my mortgage payment. You know?
So there you go. My honest take on building with Ryan Homes.
Bloggers, feel free to fix any mistakes I may have made and comment about your experiences!