Monday, October 15, 2012


Hey fellow home builders….just wanted to send a quick update that we closed today without a hitch.  It took us 90 minutes to finish everything and just like that, 6 months worth of saving, collecting papers and providing proof of everything was DONE!

As messy as NVR was during the process, they had everything together for us at our settlement.  No complaints from us and we're happy to have a home of our own!  Now, we'll be hunkered down packing and unpacking, so this is where I will sign off for a couple of weeks. I promise to return once I have some great pics to share.  In the meantime, happy building!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Closing Eve

Here we are at the eve of our closing and looking back, the 6 months has been a whirlwind for us.  It's hard to believe that by 2pm tomorrow we will be homeowners!  The good news is our house is absolutely everything we ever wanted.  We hired a personal home inspector and he did a great job going through our home.  The inspector found some minor issues, such as some shingles that need to be replaced, a scratch on the range fan, and some caulking that should be done around the exterior of the house.  The inspector noted that our house was very well built and told us that just like a car, a home needs annual service.  I forwarded these issues to our PM and he has no problem in making the changes.

Our walk-thru with our PM was good too.  Matt was informative and talked us through the warranty. I have to say that I'm very pleased with the workmanship of our home.  BUT we had one issue at the end of our pre-settlement walk-thru.  We were told that although all our inspections were completed, there was one piece of paper between the builder, the township, and the developer that was outstanding and this may push our closing back to a week. WHAT??? I was not a happy camper and really did not understand how this oversight could have happen?  However, I can say that my PM worked hard on pushing to keep our original date. Even though our PM was on vacation, he kept me informed through out the day. So, at 5:30 on Friday evening it was confirmed that we will be able to close on Monday.  Yes, can you hear me exhaling?

Now onto NVR…I know that I've complained about their communication, timing, and organization.  But after speaking with my SR and with one of the associates at NVR, I realized that many of their issues have to do with the mortgage crisis.  The rules are constantly changing on them and that means we--the customer have to bear the brunt of trying to meet the new rules.

Below, please find pictures of OUR HOME.  Happy building!

Family Room

Morning Room

Morning Room 

Dining Room



Steps leading to the back of the house

Showing our upgraded staircase from the second floor.

Showing our two story foyer/balcony.

Bedroom #3


Small loft space upstairs.

Hall Bath

Bedroom #$

Bedroom #4

Master bath

Master Bath

Bathroom window

Master Bedroom

Bedroom #2

Showing off our carpet color. 

Showing off our stairs

Sun got in the way, but here is our home with our red door!

105 is ready to be lived in!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Lately, I have been super focused on taking care of what seems to be everything except monitoring the new house.  We did hear from our PM, and the landscape is finished and that the house looks great.  We have our pre-settelement walk thru this Thursday. To help us look for structural fixes, we hired a home inspector.  I'm clearly not as knowledgable as Colette and her husband, so having a trained professional eye will help both Patrick and I. 

I did a little price comparing too with window treatments.  It seems like Blinds to Go is very expensive and Home Depot is limited in their selection.  If by chance, any of you have a good place to buy blinds and the like, please do share.  We close on the house on Monday, 10/15 and we move in on 10/30. My goal is to have window treatments done prior to our move-in.  I also found a place called Budget Blinds, so I will see about them as well.  

It is hard to believe that we're finally at the place to move into our home.  Where did the time go?  Although I'm excited, I'm nervous about the change.  After all, we're moving a good 90 minutes from where we currently live.  A different part of the state, a place where I lived before, but my husband has not.  I hope it all works out smoothly.  So, my fellow home builders once we have a walk thru, I hope to give another update and maybe even add some pictures.  Until then…happy building!