My Housing Crisis of 2012
For the past few months my wife and I have been shopping for a new home. Since I am all thumbs, we decided on a new construction rather than go for a fixer upper. Although things were stressful with all the research, paperwork, interest rate watching, and design considerations, things were moving along very nicely. About two months ago I had my first walk through of our newly constructed home. It was very interesting to see a house built from the ground up from its bare structure, the wood framing, the water pipes, and electrical wiring. The foreman did a great job explaining every aspect of the new construction. I walked away taking a long breath of relief as all systems were go.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
A few days ago, I was completing the last of our paperwork when my agent decided to send me some pictures of the nearly completed house. My wife and I were ecstatic because everything looked amazing. We got a sneak preview of the exterior, the kitchen, the bathroom sink, and the staircase. Later in the evening, my wife wondered, “Why are all the pictures inverted?” It seemed like the picture was flip-flopped because what was on the left side is now on the right and what was on the right side is now on the left. Under closer inspection she was right. Our house was completely inverted or reversed, take your pick. During my walk through a few months back, I was totally engrossed with learning about the electrical, the water, and other features. In addition, the foreman and I were walking through a bare bones wooden structure. I didn’t even realize my new home was a mirror image of the model.
The model home showed the garage door on the right while the main entry door was on the left. The kitchen was on the right and the living room was on the left. The exterior shot on the website and brochures also showed the same configuration. However, our new home, weeks from completion, has everything in reverse. I quickly questioned my agent and she said there is nothing we can do. She explained each plot of land has specific water pipes and electric lines from the county. The builder then selects which design fits best into the county defined configuration. I do recall her stressing a few times that each house needs to be a different model and color scheme from neighboring houses. But not once did she mention the new construction can be just like the model home or the mirror image of it due to county plot dependencies. As logical as that sounds, my wife had her heart set on the model home and the brochure designs not the one that we see now. We’re meeting with the builder tomorrow to discuss our options.
What would you do in my shoes? Would you move in with no complaints or raise hell because this is not what you signed up for?