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Old 2011-10-11, 02:06 PM
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Old 2011-10-11, 05:59 PM
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We bought with Holitzner in Carp. We didn't even try to negotiate since we felt the prices they gave us for modifications were very fair. To be clear, we only asked for structural changes, not cosmetic ones.
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Old 2011-10-12, 08:28 AM
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Thanks!

I'm just not sure whether to ask or not. I suppose it can't hurt as long as it's a small request.
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Old 2011-10-12, 08:53 AM
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You can always ask. We went back and forth with the sales office and the engineer for about 6 weeks on structural changes ... and that was BEFORE we signed anything. We wanted to make really, REALLY sure the house would suit our needs before we committed. And they were fantastic, never said no, you need to sign something first. As I said, I found the costs of doing structural changes were quite reasonable.

You can always ask things like: if we upgrade the carpet, will you upgrade the underpad free? If we select an upgraded backsplash, will you throw in a custom grout colour free? Will you throw in 2 paint colours for the house instead of just one? If we do an upgraded stain on the hardwood, will you do the railings free? Those are the kind of things that might be negotiable.

So much of what they offer as standard is pretty high-end. Now this might differ between Barrhaven and Carp since the starting price points are different.

On a side note, we had our pre-drywall walkthrough a couple weeks ago and we were really impressed with the workmanship. (This is our 3rd new build.) IMO -- they take great pride in the houses they build.
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That's a great idea. We intend to do some of those upgrades so I think not only does it sound reasonable, but it sounds saleable too for us to ask for those sorts of things. I don't want to come off as greedy or like a bargain hunter because of course, that's not the case - if it were we wouldn't be buying a new house. But, it is a very large expense and we would like to do quite a few upgrades so if we can find a way to spread our dollar just a bit further, we'd like that.

Thanks so much for the suggestion. Very helpful!
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As an aside, they haven't mentioned the deposit to us yet. Do you recall what they ask for up front? I'm guessing $40K or 10%?
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I believe it was 10%
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Thank you!
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they do not negotiate prices for anything
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they do not negotiate prices for anything
Same experience here. The way they look at it, you either want it or you don't. I called and stated that I'd like to make an offer on a house and they said that the price is what it is, take it or leave it - not in those words but you get the picture. They're a good builder with a good reputation and they don't tend to have a big problem selling houses so they have no real reason to negotiate on house price. Once you've locked in, they have even less reason to negotiate on upgrade prices!
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