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    Well, maybe I won't be building a house

    Now the guy at the development won't get back to me after I sent some ADA info, no returned emails or calls.

    Suggestions?
    And the truth shall set you free.

    #2
    Not to nit pick but building a house and buying a condo are too different animals. I believe the last thread you were buying a condo, you are picking out flooring, cabinets, etc not siding where a driveway goes where or not you want a walkout basement etc, this is not just for you but the other guy who thinks he built a condo. Sorry for the rant. Good Luck
    Tough Times Don't Last...Tough People Do!

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      #3
      Sorry, thought I updated.

      Found a development that is offering three bedroom ranch homes BUILT for $110,000. Spent an hour there with my agent, gave info, got the guys card, told them I was pre-approved and putting 20% down. Went over the fact that the only real change would be roll-in shower in one of the two bathrooms. He asked for some ada info, sent to him now nada.

      Yes I will keep calling but can they refuse me?


      QUOTE=rcechser;1012270]Not to nit pick but building a house and buying a condo are too different animals. I believe the last thread you were buying a condo, you are picking out flooring, cabinets, etc not siding where a driveway goes where or not you want a walkout basement etc, this is not just for you but the other guy who thinks he built a condo. Sorry for the rant. Good Luck[/QUOTE]
      And the truth shall set you free.

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        #4
        Joe, he should,you will have to pay for the changes, I would not bug him to much, is there a lot of house selling in the development? He could be just looking into the ADA thing or (he is busy doing our stuff is he using a realtor) and has not gotten a chance to yet, is there enough room on the plan to put in a roll-in shower without taking out any walls. What else are you looking for ramp, ( wood or concrete) kitchen, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, etc

        Also Joe I noticed you went there with your agent it is always best to have him contact the builder.
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          #5
          Nothing additional I swear. Everything else is already level. No walla busted down or anything.


          Originally posted by rcechser View Post
          Joe, he should,you will have to pay for the changes, I would not bug him to much, is there a lot of house selling in the development? He could be just looking into the ADA thing or (he is busy doing our stuff is he using a realtor) and has not gotten a chance to yet, is there enough room on the plan to put in a roll-in shower without taking out any walls. What else are you looking for ramp, ( wood or concrete) kitchen, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, etc

          Also Joe I noticed you went there with your agent it is always best to have him contact the builder.
          And the truth shall set you free.

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            #6
            For most developer's, any deviation to their typical construction documents (drawings and specifications) throws a monkey wrench into their "system."

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              #7
              Originally posted by Rustyjames View Post
              For most developer's, any deviation to their typical construction documents (drawings and specifications) throws a monkey wrench into their "system."
              But if the roll-in shower was the only deviation?? Maybe the doorways an inch or two bigger?
              And the truth shall set you free.

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                #8
                Better to find out now how he treats his customers. Move on, there is no shortage of motivated builders in today's financial environment. It's a buyer's market.

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                  #9
                  You said, already "BUILT" ranch homes. Have they already been built, or they are planned to be built and then sold?

                  If still in construction, I don't see why you can't work with them (or others) to make the necessary changes per your specs/needs. It may cost you additional monies tho. If these developers are un or less than willing to work with you, maybe best bet to go with another with whom you can have a more open communication and a better relationship with. That is, if you haven't signed anything or put any $$ down.

                  If already built, you can check out the place and do the mods you need, at your own cost, if the plan allows for such mods.

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                    #10
                    Sorry, I meant the plots/slabs are ready everything is set to rock and roll, five months and done. No money and nothing signed but no one is getting back to me. Called agent today and she said she would try to set up another face to face.


                    Originally posted by chick View Post
                    You said, already "BUILT" ranch homes. Have they already been built, or they are planned to be built and then sold?

                    If still in construction, I don't see why you can't work with them (or others) to make the necessary changes per your specs/needs. It may cost you additional monies tho. If these developers are un or less than willing to work with you, maybe best bet to go with another with whom you can have a more open communication and a better relationship with. That is, if you haven't signed anything or put any $$ down.

                    If already built, you can check out the place and do the mods you need, at your own cost, if the plan allows for such mods.
                    And the truth shall set you free.

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                      #11
                      If the house is not built there is no reason he can't make a few changes but it will probably cost you extra. Eight years ago when the subdivision that I live in was being built I just asked the builder if I could have a roll in shower instead of a bathtub he said sure but it cost me a little extra for the tile work and I lost part of a walk in closet. I made a few changes in the kitchen cabinet but there was no extra charge for that since the cabinets had not been built yet. In fact the only thing I did pay extra for was the shower the builder made other suggestions/changes and since the house wasn't built yet it didn't cost extra. He graded to the front door so there wouldn't be a step, poured a small ramp in the garage, lowered light switches, raised electrical outlets and made all doorways 36". I didn't have any ADA info at the time and neither did the builder we just played it by ear and the house turned out pretty good considering we had no ADA info. The cabinet maker had built ADA cabinets so he took care of that part.

                      If you haven't bought the house yet think I would find a different development with a builder that is willing to work with you.
                      A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. ~Winston Churchill

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                        #12
                        You have to be firm, bug the shit out of them, they arent building like they were 2-3 yrs ago..are u doing a const to perm loan or large chunk down w/ 1 end loan.

                        You are doing exactly what i did. Believe i was up their ass, dont wait for your realtor to call anyone. We are both in ohio as well.

                        Couple oither things, anything you can get done after above and beyond besides the big stuff, roll in showr, counters lower, fuse box etc, do on your own. That builder will charge you like twice the price
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                          #13
                          Just strictly an end loan. What "smaller stuff?"

                          Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
                          You have to be firm, bug the shit out of them, they arent building like they were 2-3 yrs ago..are u doing a const to perm loan or large chunk down w/ 1 end loan.

                          You are doing exactly what i did. Believe i was up their ass, dont wait for your realtor to call anyone. We are both in ohio as well.

                          Couple oither things, anything you can get done after above and beyond besides the big stuff, roll in showr, counters lower, fuse box etc, do on your own. That builder will charge you like twice the price
                          And the truth shall set you free.

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                            #14
                            Agreed with John, be assertive and persistent. If you're not getting the appropriate response then move on, it's a buyer's market.

                            I did (hired/paid) all of my own mods. It's doubtful that, unless you get a very conscientious builder, that you'll get what you want / design. I guess that I wouldn't depend on them doing it right unless you were there to monitor and supervise their progress. Glad to hear about Aliya above but I think that situation is pretty rare.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by NoDecafPlz View Post
                              But if the roll-in shower was the only deviation?? Maybe the doorways an inch or two bigger?
                              I know it doesn't seem like a big deal but you're talking structural changes that will probably have to be reviewed by an engineer and submitted. When a developer submits construction documents to the local building department they can't deviate from the plan. Before a builder even cuts a stick of wood or drive a nail there's a lot of hoops for the builder to jump through.

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