So having decided on the model and lot location, it was time to make our choices of upgrades and options, see what incentives were available and negotiate on our final price.
Again, I can't say enough how helpful all the other Ryan bloggers have been as I read their journeys in building with Ryan on what options to definitely pick that one may not have ordinarily considered.
Here is what we initially chose:
- FINISHED BASEMENT W/POWDER ROOM
- MORNING ROOM
- SCOTTSDALE SQUARE MAPLE COGNAC 42" CABINETS
- KITCHEN GOURMET ISLAND
- STONE FACED FIREPLACE - SIDE OF FAMILY ROOM
- RECESSED LIGHTS - KITCHEN
- RECESSED LIGHTS - BASEMENT
- STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES(FRIDGE NOT INCLUDED)
- 5" SHOWER W/SLIDING GLASS BYPASS DOOR IN MASTER BATH(NO TUB)
- DOUBLE BOWL VANITY IN MASTER BATH
- SERVICE DOOR IN GARAGE
- GARAGE DOOR OPENER
- GAS HOOKUP FOR STOVE AND DRYER
- ICE MAKER ROUGH IN FOR FRIDGE
- 5 CEILING FAN ROUGH INS(4 BEDROOMS/MORNING ROOM)
- PINE STAIR RAIL(MORE ON THIS IN A FUTURE POST)
- GARAGE FLOOR DRAIN
- 15 LITE FRENCH DOOR TO BASEMENT
- ADDRESS STONE
As I was using my VA eligibility for this loan, Ryan has what they call a "Military Heroes Discount" which is good for $1500.00 towards either closing costs or upgrades, which was a nice little perk. And the monthly Ryan incentive in place at the time of contract was a free finished basement. This put us close to our number, but still a little over. Our sales rep made a phone call and got some more $$ taken off as incentive, and that put us where we felt comfortable.
Once all the numbers were hashed out, away the printer went and spit out AT LEAST 100 forms we had to sign or initial or both!! What we didn't know was at the end of all that we would get a little form called the "Option List"...which is a list of ALL the options we could put in a Venice in our location. We were told to look it over and if there was anything we wanted to add, a change order could be generated with no problem and it be added to our build. As long as it was within the window of change time frame.
As I glanced over this 6 page list, I knew there was going to be something else to add, but hopefully not too much. Once all the forms were signed, we made an appointment with the NVR loan officer for the following Monday to do our application and submit for financing. Our rep also made calls to the flooring rep and Guardian rep to call us to schedule those respective appointments.
We left the office with all our copies, nifty little Ryan Homes while vinyl Homeowners Portfolio folder, and Volume 1 of our Homeowners Guide. From there it was off to our lot to put the "SOLD" sticker on our lot sign.