I strongly advise you shun any real estate agent telling you how wonderful they are. Read the complaints online. No one ever even thinks of writing a review, especially a bad one unless they are completely disillusioned with no recourse. There are too many other home builders to consider and I'd personally rather buy a pre-owned home by a reliable builder than a new home by a shoddy builder.
There are various builders here in Eagle Springs, including DR Horton. I've sold new and resale DR Horton homes and I have not heard of any complaints regarding the workmanship. Their sales representative really work with the buyer is providing great customer service and making sure that the buyer is satisfied with the purchase of their home.
If you're not already working with a real estate agent, I would recommend calling a local agent that can help you with your purchase.
As the other agents have mentioned, you do need to get an inspection done when you make an offer. This will uncover any issues that will need to be addressed before you continue the buying process. Your agent will guide you through the process.
If I could give you any advise, it would be RUN, don't walk! They are awful and building with them was horrific! I have been in my home for over 4 months and I can't even put a rug down because my floors are not finished. They are the worst. DROP the BALL is synonymous with this one! Save your money and your mind and stay away from these losers!
Beyond disgusted in Arlington Heights!
on the internet you only see people who gripe, thousands of homes sold every year for 35 years told me they are doing something right.
Jack Gillis, M.B.A., J.D.
Jack Gillis Realty Advisors
Nathan Grace Real Estate, Broker
5619 Dyer Street | Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75206
When the person from Bureau Veritas (the company that does construction inspections for the city we live in) who originally inspected this house during its construction revisited our property, he stated our system had been modified from how originally installed. When his supervisor when back and checked the records, it turns out it was not modified, but because it was such an unusual configuration, the very person who inspected it when built did not recall that to be the case.
When D.R. Horton was contacted to ask why this was done, their "answer" seemed to be that they left all of that to their subcontractor (Reliant) whom I should trust because they did. The person they referred me to at Reliant was their sales person, not a technical person. The jist of what that sales person's response consisted of was to imply that there was no reason to be asking the questions I was.
I did eventually have a more technical person at Reliant tell me that he was very familiar with the type of system installed in this house because he had installed a lot of them before they quit installing them a very long time ago, and that I should not be concerned because that type of system cost them a lot more than the type most of the other houses in the neighborhood had (as if higher cost equals better performance).
So I ask that you consider; if something costs a lot more and is no longer commonly used, why would a HVAC company select to install such a system when they are being paid a set amount per house rather than cost plus? Perhaps they got some systems for free on evaluation or at a deeply discounted close out price? In either case, that seems like a restaurant using ground pork in their chili rather than ground beef; it would still be chili, but it would not be the same thing.
DR Horton (Mr. Bolton and Mr. Liston) knowing that roof tile has not shrunk or grown from the time it was installed refused to even compensate us for the roof repair (not even including water extraction and mold mediation), citing the time that elapsed from the closing. We feel that this is an ethical obligation of the builder at the minimum to take the responsibility for improperly-installed roof that caused so much damage to our home.
Also the ceiling over the patio was poorly installed. All the seam tape had to come off and replaced and painted, another $350.00
Paint is coming off the foundation and has been since day one, no help from the builder.
The list goes on, would I buy another home? NO.
I could go on and describe a multitude of other problems with our home, so many that we are going to try to sell it and custom build a new one. Needless to say, do not buy a Horton home. My experience, as well as that of many of my neighbors, has been pretty bad. The homes look nice but they are for appearance only. Stay away from them!
After 6 visits from HVAC company to get AC corrected, cracks in drive, garage, patio, rolling roof with dips so bad its visible from the street, defective sprinkler system that never worked properly all thru the first year, a poorly graded yard with drainage issues that allows water to stand nearly year round, poorly stained cabinets that do not match in the kitchen and was told there would be no effort made to correct (while still in warranty mind you), tile that was not floated, and a garage door opener that quit working the last month of warranty, I can truthfully say, I wish we had just gone with a different builder and paid the full cost of a better home. I guess there was a reason why they could come down so much on the house, they didn't have the construction cost IN IT to warrant charging $250K!!! We will put our home up for sale this summer most likely, before we see anymore defects from the lousy workmanship.
I can assure everyone, the next house WON'T be built by..... D.R.Horton.
The windows are not put in incorrectly, which you will find out first rainfall. Leaking so badly, plan on spending thousands. After a few years, the mold smell just grows on you I guess.
The nails started coming out of the walls, through the paint, within days of moving in. (they said they would come back and fix, and repaint) NEVER HAPPENED
Not sure about any other states, but in SC, they tell you to make punch list, and never show up. I've got blue tape they put up on what needs fixing, still sitting in same places, and that was 10 years ago.
They do not insulate, even though they say they do, and when our air broke for the 1st (Of many) times, the repairman said, "You had a few more days, and your house would have burned down, b/c of the way they just threw the stuff together". It was just a board with wires everywhere and some actual tinfoil. Quality is so bad, but they put so much pressure on poor foreign construction workers to build a 1000 houses a week. No one ever actually comes back to fix anything, which was not for petty little things.
Like I said, I love the house that was supposed to be built like they said, but if you never show back up to fix the problems you knew were issues to begin with, you are screwed. Our supposed "follow up contractor" had a heart attack from everyone calling him to fix horrible issues. Obviously he quit after, and no one was heard from again to assist. The homes look pretty, as long as you don't plan on great quality. They know this, yet do nothing.
Congratulations on you great decision. DR Horton is a great builder I live in one myself. If you decide not to go with DR Horton just do yourself a favor. Please don't go with Centex Homes. I don't don't know if Abrazo builds in TX but do buy from them either. Wish you good luck on your purchase!