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Old 09-14-2012, 10:25 AM
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Hi all.

After what seems like a long time and a lot of searching, we've finally made the choice to build in Chimneys of Marvin. This forum has been invaluable.

Now, we're building for the first time, so I'd like to know...

Can anyone offer any advice, best practices, things to look out for, etc. as we go into the building phase?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-14-2012, 12:09 PM
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Congratulations! We are building not far from you, in Millbridge.

We've begun building but still have a long way to go. I would suggest getting a really good idea of how you want the house to look inside. Design feature. Kitchen cabinets, lighting, flooring, countertops, shower heads, tiles..etc. The first visit to the design center is daunting. It'll take several hours to pick everything you want out. So going in with a good idea of what you want will help trmendously. Keep in mind, most things you like will be an upgrade, we made an upgrade budget and stuck to it.

We upgraded countertops, flooring, bathrooms, kitchen and ceiling features, trims and doors. Basically things we felt would be more expensive to upgrade later.

When you meet with your builder take notes.

When you have your pre-drywall orientation, take a camera so you know where all the cables are going to be and load bearing walls.

Make sure you find out which way your house will face, what side your garage will be on,etc.

Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:03 PM
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Even though you are building new, it is a good idea to have the home inspected. Some people wait until the 11th month to have an inspection done, right before the builders 12 month walk through, to make sure the first year warranty is put to full use. Even new constrution homes have issues from time to time. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:58 PM
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Congrats!! You guys must be excited. We had our house built about a year ago and I can offer some comments/suggestions based on our experience. Our builder was Pulte.

1. Take pictures of existing model or already built plan as yours. We had few things go wrong during construction time which you would not normally notice unless you're very detail oriented. First, they put the wrong type and size of backsplace in our kitchen. The only reason we caught it because it was placed in different way, this by default also caught the issue of wrong size of tile. Second, Pulte does this design in their kitchen cabinet where some of the size of cabinets are taller than others. I forgot what the exact term is. But the issue we caught (due the some pictures we had of another house with same model as ours) is that one of the cabinet should have been taller but it was not.

2. We had the structural inspection done before the drywall went up. I can't say it was worth the money or not because we had hard time understanding the inspection report. They didn't find any major issues, just few things here and there. We did this simply for peace of mind as we plan to stay in the house for many years and wanted to ensure good build. At this point, we also had extra support put in near the TV area where we planned to wall-mout 52" TV.

3. We took lot of pictures (almost every 2 weeks). This is simply for record purpose so if in future we need to open up the wall, we know where the wires/studs/etc are.

4. Keep track of colors/upgrades you selected. To this day, we're not sure if the carpet in our house is what we had selected. So take pictures of upgraded features and be sure these upgrades are what is in the final product.

5. Aside from standard inspection that we had before the closing, we had a friend's help in walk-through of the house. Our good friend pointed out lot of minor details that inspectors do not necessarily pick up. Things like window casing edges not painted properly, the construction dirt in the bath and top of shower, missing drainage water downspout, paint residue on the glass of doors, etc. These are basically cosmetic details that you can ask them to fix before the closing.

6. Turn on the AC/Heater and make sure they don't make loud noises in the rooms near which these units are located.

7. I think this one is bit obvious but want to say it anyway. If and when you do visit the house when it's in the middle of the construction, wear closed toe and sturdy shoes. The construction site has nails and hazardous material all over so be careful.

Overall, both our inspectors and my friend said the house was built good and we've not had any major issues. Even after 1 year, we've not found any nail pops inside the house, only some on front porch.

Hope this helps.
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