We’re nearing the final stretch of the building process. It’s been just over 120 days since we broke ground and we were finally given a closing date. The house is scheduled for closing on November 28th (just in time for Thanksgiving). Cabinets and vinyl plank flooring have gone in and we should see siding later this week. It seems like there’s so much left to do I don’t know how it’s going to be complete and ready for a walkthrough in 3 weeks, but they say it should be.
Let me rephrase this. It will be finished.
There’s lots of talk about the fun parts building. The deciding on a floor plan, picking all your options, watching them break ground. But there’s a part of the building process they many people (especially bloggers) don’t tell you about.
This process is often not fun.
There is a lot of stress surrounding building. Things often won’t be on the timeline you want to see. Things get delayed. They get messed up. There are things missed in the fine print, and some developers love to use that to avoid things. For instance, going from “the deck stairs aren’t marked on the blueprint because we weren’t sure where to put them, but they’ll probably go here” to “they’re not on the blueprint so we’re not putting them in” and even “adding stairs cost extra and you didn’t ask for them.”
Nope, not making that up. And I’m not even going to go in to the frustrations with the HOA, which is still being run by the builder. Even the country and township are frustrated with them.
Is the process worth it? Yes, in theory. We’ve build before and it went smoother once we broke ground. But we were almost 3 months delayed starting so we moved in exactly one month before our marriage. (I still twitch at that.) Could we have gone with a custom builder and build a true farmhouse? Not in the school district we wanted, or literally across the street from my parents.
But you’re my audience, and I want to be honest with you. Building a home is tough process. And sometimes it will just not be fun.
But at the end of it you will have a home.
And sometimes really nice looking barn wood floors…