All the best!
I've been in my home for about 1 year and so far it's been a good experience. We have had minor issues with cabinet doors and some paint issues but Horton has always been responsive and did the fixes usually within 2 weeks. Our 1 year inspection is due in June and some settling issues like a few nail pops and a couple of corner joints have slightly opened up and the crown molding joins have separated slightly. They built our house last summer when it was very rainy and damp so I'm really not surprised that some of this happened since we had such a cold and dry winter. Some places on the second story's floor started squeaking and that is bothersome.
Basically the house seems sound so far except for the little annoyances mentioned above.
We have had no plumbing or electrical problems and the heating/cooling and water heater have been working fine. The original landscaping sucks but I plan on taking care of that this summer.
The carpet pad upstairs has crept a little causing some irregular areas you can see.
I hope that Horton will see to these problems on our 1 year walk through and be as responsive as they have been.
I often think that people view these as custom homes but they are not. The cost of my house was less than a comparative type home built by several local builders nearby. The workmanship on the much more expensive houses weren't any better than mine. They probably use the same low cost labor.
Just as a reference my house 3400 sq ft was about 250K, the other builders pretty much about 320K for 2700 sq ft. I do have a couple of crooked walls and some finish work could be better I also took that risk buying the lower cost house. It's not bad but it is still there. And a custom home would be easily $150-160 per sq ft. Just like everything else you get what you pay for.
I really like the floor plan of my house and plan on staying around for a while. I suppose time will tell.
If you do a quick google search, you'll find people blasting them (owners) and people praising them (realtors; let's face it - they would NEVER bad mouth them).
That should really tell you all you need to now. As with all things, the truth is probably in the middle. You're building a cookie cutter house wherein the materials where everything is budgeted right down the number of nails used per stud in the frame. They have their profit margins on their houses down to an exact science and that sort of thing generally shows in the quality of the end product.
The thing to remember is that nobody really talks about the awesome service they received at a restaurant, but you can bet you will hear about it if it was a bad experience. What I mean to say is that the negative always seems louder, but that doesn't mean it's not true. Do your homework - go to an existing DR Horton neighborhood and walk around. If you see someone outside, strike up a conversation with them.
D.R. Horton is a recognized national builder that has stood the test of time and is still putting out products that people are proud to own. The fact remains that there will always be problems with any business but the fact that so many buyers are considering a company's product speaks well of their ability to produce a quality product and problem solve.
The comfort level you are seeking may be more reliable if you were to take some time to visit your target community and speak with current owners. I've found that these residents are more than willing to share both the positive and the negative. Planning an evening visit, parking your car, and just taking a walk may get you started on getting good reliable information on your own.
Peter is right that they tend to have several floor plans that they repeat with similar materials. But from what I could see, they were using high-quality materials.
If you would like to visit any of their homes and are need of a buyer's agent, let me know so I can make the necessary showing arrangements with the showing manager.
Cortright and Co.
There may be some very good qualities of a DR Horton home, as there are with other area "box" builders. For instance, you do get a lot of square feet for the $ per sqft sales price. However, there should be no confusing a "box" or "production" builder with a true custom builder. My company, Monarch Homes, is a custom builder. We design and build your home just as you want it from the beginning. We nurture our relationships with our Owners to form a partnership in the construction of your new home. Our Owners are involved in every phase of construction, working hand in hand to build your "home"....not just a house. Typically, with a "box" builder, you sit down at the beginning with a sales rep, pick out the options and upgrades that they offer to their limited existing plans, sign the deal and then come back when the home is finished to close.
For more info on Custom Builder please contact me directly. Thanks.
Fairhope Realty Group