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Old 06-26-2013, 01:58 AM
 
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Hi All,

There is a new construction which has very attractive base price(500K) in a very good school district.
Well we were happy to know that there was something within our price range. But to my shocking surprise the upgrades ran like this-

1. Garage door opener - $600 each.
2. Adding rods and wire shelves (basic one) bedrooms closet- $500
3. Upgrading to stainless steel FRONT appliances, not actual steel.- $3000.
4. Patio $3000
5. Paint -$1000 (standard one is all white for entire interior of house)
6. Fan wiring, surround system wiring - $1000
7. Gas range connection- $600
8. Gas dryer connection- $600

any many more.. each light, every outlet and not to mention kitchen upgrades. I feel like builder is providing nothing with base price and trying to rip me off with upgrades. With only the neccessity upgrades the costs runs to 620K for a 1900 sqft home. Please note I am not cnsidering any asethitic aspects (like crown molding, light fixtures, faucets etc).

My agent says builder will not bulge for negotiations, very less room for that as there are many other insterested buyers. Considering how current market is there will be lot of buyers bidding for these houses with upgrades. Unfortunately I have to back off. I so disappointed. I have been looking for houses for past 1 year getting outbidded in this crazy housing market.

Just wanted to vent.
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: North of Boston
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No one is forcing you to buy this house. If you don't like the builder upgrade charges then move on to another property.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:03 AM
 
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My husband and I also have a friend from work whose going through the exact same process. Every addition costs $$. To be honest, I dont even know the quality of the new constructions these days. Read on websites like consumeraffairs.com on builders like Toll brothers.. Shoddy construction is what many reviews have mentioned. U should be thankful to walk away now. Which builder and town was urs at?
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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I'm not surprised to hear this story. It must be a large development that you're buying into with a large developer doing the building (ex. Fafard, Toll Bros, etc). This is the way they work. There's a "base model" and anything extra that you want will cost extra. Likely, this is why the base price was so low because they made every little thing an add on. It's good that you figured this out before you signed a contract.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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So many knife-catchers to keep these scums in fur, figuratively. Buy a nice house that you feel comfortable in, and update on your own, at your own pace. And, it's not the end of the world to live with the basics either.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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I am not sure if I can mention the city and the builder name out in internet world. They are not big builders(local builder) and it is not a big development. 5 houses only.

The upgrades are not just plain extra...some Iwould consider them as necessity. Like garage opener , electric outlets in bedrooms etc.

Wondering what the buyer will get in the name of house if he says no to any upgrades.

Sorry if I my words are harsh. I am using this forum to vent out...thanks for support.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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The upgrades are not just plain extra...some Iwould consider them as necessity. Like garage opener , electric outlets in bedrooms etc.
I wouldn't call a garage door opener a necessity. It's absolutely a luxury. It's a common luxury but a luxury none the less. I recently saw a new construction listing where the basic house included an opener for one door but the opener for the second door was an upgrade. I don't think you have anything to be upset about here. You said you were surprised to find new construction in your price range but then you were upset when it didn't come with all the bells & whistles. Perhaps, it was in your price range because it's a very basic house. Once you make the house deluxe instead of basic the price is bound to rise.

As for electrical outlets in the bedroom . . . I think there may be some kind of communication problem here. Building code in every town requires there be an outlet every X feet on the wall in finished areas. So, there has to be electrical outlets in the bedrooms or the builder will never get a certificate of occupancy from the town and without that will never be able to sell the house. If you're asking for extra outlets well that's an upgrade.
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