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    Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    My wife and I looked at a home today in SE Ankeny, built in 2003 by Northwood Homes. I'm not familiar with this builder, so I wanted to see if anyone on the board had some insights. Thanks!



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    We've lived in a Northwood home for 6 years now, original owners. Overall pretty solid, but we did just spend $1,100 on repairing the way they attached the deck to the house. They didn't use J channel or flashing, they screwed it straight through the siding! no real complaints other than that. let me know of any questions.


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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by ripvdub View Post
    We've lived in a Northwood home for 6 years now, original owners. Overall pretty solid, but we did just spend $1,100 on repairing the way they attached the deck to the house. They didn't use J channel or flashing, they screwed it straight through the siding! no real complaints other than that. let me know of any questions.
    Thanks for the response! What did you think of the quality of windows and doors (particularly sliding doors)? I'd be interested in hearing any details you're willing to share.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    Thanks for the response! What did you think of the quality of windows and doors (particularly sliding doors)? I'd be interested in hearing any details you're willing to share.
    quality of the windows is ok, but hate all the crank out windows that there are. It gets really windy, and we can't open the windows for fear that the crank out windows will break, one did break once, but they came and repaired it the next day, but it was February so it still sucked.
    No problems with the sliding doors other than the sun fading our hardwood floors, but curtains solved that problem.


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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    We live next door to some Northwood Homes and two of my neighbors have just discovered that they did a poor job around their garage door of sealing things off. Moisture has gotten through and their garage door frame has rotted. If you take off the metal trim covering it, you see that its rotted and you can stick a screw driver through the wood. Not good considering its a support beam and needs to hold some weight. I would be vary wary of that, but its something you aren't going to notice that easily. Look to see if there is any buckling or wrinkling of the trim around the garage door. Sorry if I'm not explaining it very well. We have a Grace Home, which is/was owned by the Northwood Homes' brother. I would say that the quality is "OK" at best. I think we probably have the same issue with how our deck is attached to the house as well. I probably need to look at that more closely. The windows are junk in my opinion.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    My wife and I looked at a home today in SE Ankeny, built in 2003 by Northwood Homes. I'm not familiar with this builder, so I wanted to see if anyone on the board had some insights. Thanks!
    I have seen many Northwood homes go up in my neighborhood. You can pick them out because they are the cheap looking models. I believe they are one of the builders who filled in the vacuum left when the giant budget builder who shall not be named went bankrupt a couple of years ago. I haven't heard any specific complaints from the owners yet, but most of these are less than 3 years old.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    They suck and cut corners, but that is the case with the majority of home buildiers.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    They suck and cut corners, but that is the case with the majority of home buildiers.
    Unless the house is in the 225k+ range this is going to be a problem with all builders.


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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Thanks to all for the info. Follow-up: We also looked at a Jerry's built home, constructed in 1999. Based on some things I've heard and read, I expected garbage but was pleasantly surprised. It's a 4-level split and I thought the craftsmanship throughout was solid- really didn't find many flaws. It's a one-owner home, so they apparently weren't scared off at any point over the past dozen years.

    Am I just blind, or was Jerry's Homes building some decent stuff around that time? Are there some specific issues I should be looking for? We've seen it twice now and have spent probably a good hour-plus combing it over.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Unless the house is in the 225k+ range this is going to be a problem with all builders.
    Even above that range you will see where corners were cut. We just recently bought new construction in Ankney and have uncovered several issues. Thankfully the builder has worked with us on everything so far.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    I agree with everyone that most of the builders out there cut a ton of corners and don't care about quality and craftsmanship...it is just a way to make money for them. However, there are a few honest, reputable builders still around that care about people and what the product will look like 50 years from now (shameless plug for my company, Covenant Homes).



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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    Quote Originally Posted by psychlone99 View Post
    Thanks to all for the info. Follow-up: We also looked at a Jerry's built home, constructed in 1999. Based on some things I've heard and read, I expected garbage but was pleasantly surprised. It's a 4-level split and I thought the craftsmanship throughout was solid- really didn't find many flaws. It's a one-owner home, so they apparently weren't scared off at any point over the past dozen years.

    Am I just blind, or was Jerry's Homes building some decent stuff around that time? Are there some specific issues I should be looking for? We've seen it twice now and have spent probably a good hour-plus combing it over.
    I would steer clear of a 4 level split just because of resale value when it comes time to put it on the market. I just sold my 4 level split (front to back) after living there 9 years and am enjoying my new 2 story home much more.


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    Re: Ankeny area builder: Northwood Homes?

    I don't know about their quality, but we started working with Northwood to build a home and they were jerking us around quite a bit so we got out at the last minute.



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    Re: Ankeny area builder

    Got another one: Lein Construction, mid-90s home in Ankeny. Anyone know anything about this builder?



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