PRE-CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE - Andrin Homes
You know that feeling when you buy something you’ve been wanting (and saving up) for a long time? A new pair of shoes, designer bag, etc? Add the fact that you waited in line and beat out 100s of people to get it. That feeling! It’s so good you want to bottle it up and ride that high wave. Times that by 10000000000. We bought a house! Hashtag WINNING!
The road to get our first home was a rocky anxiety-driven one. The pre-construction home buying process rumours are true. There were people camping overnight. There were more people than homes. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of money spent. Here’s the play by play of our purchase from Andrin Homes in the future new community of Country Lane in Whitby.
Months before the sales centre opens…
The decision was made. Our savings was going to go into our future home and we wanted a brand new home, straight from the builder. We started to look up neighbourhoods we wanted to be in and decided on north Whitby. With over 6 developers planning future residential communities in north Whitby we signed up for ALL newsletters.
The next few months were spent researching the developers and signing up again and again and again. You know, just in case they didn’t get we wanted a home the first time. We drove by constantly keeping tabs on how far the sales centre was from being completed.
One month before the sale centre opens…
Constant calls were made to the head office of the developer to try and get ANY information about when the opening date was. Mind you the sales representatives were pretty tight lip. They were screening 100s of calls a day from buyers like me wanting to know price point, release date, lots size, anything.
One week before…
We drive by the sales centre and it looked 90% complete! We see construction men working on site and I take it upon me to talk to them. I scoop out which one would give me the most information and cat-walk my way towards him. Poor guy has been approach over 30 times just in one day. He let’s me know that “they were suppose to open up last weekend but we haven’t finished the fence or driveway…we’ll be done that this week so I’m assuming it’ll be next weekend, not sure though.”
I’m ecstatic and antsy at the same time. Mind you this is the most information I’ve gotten. It’s game time. We’re getting one of these homes.
We go home and prepare for the worse. Will one of us have to camp out, can we hire someone, or maybe a family member could do it for us? How much do we actually want to spend? What is our walk away? Who will be there? How will it be run? Questions in our minds spinning out of control. After all, this is one of the biggest purchases we will make in our life.
HALT! EMAIL ALERT!
Finally an email from the builder. We’ll be opening very soon, be prepared for an email to BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT.
An appointment!? Amazing, we won’t have to wait in line after all. So we think…
3 Days before
I get another email. Even though we signed up both of our emails, it was only I receiving the news. Thankfully we were those crazy people that signed up thousands of times.
The email is a code to use to sign up for an appointment. The appointment email will be sent out “shortly”. The build up was killing us. We both work, yet we had to be by our phones with data service and full battery for who knew how long?
One hour later! The email comes! I’m driving down the 404 freaking out that I’m on the highway. I called David to try and get him to do it on his phone but it was so slow on his end. Anxiety level through the roof at this point. I pull over on the side of the highway. Type in the code, see the appointments for 10 am, 11 am, 12 am up until 5 pm for both Saturday and Sunday. I pick the first appointment available.
We have an appointment! We get another email with the agreement of purchase and sale to look over with a lawyer if we choose.