The drywall repair man stopped by today to fix those nail 'pops' and small tears in drywall throughout my house. He spent a good portion of the day in the house, fixing all the little things I noticed, plus he was a little more picky than I was and repaired quite a few more things. Overall the work seems nice. He even gave me some extra wall paint because his matched my walls better than the wall paint I had.
A lot of Ryan Homes owners in my area complain about nail pops and cracks in their drywall. You can read about this in blogs too. Again, I think this all goes back to the fact that Ryan Homes is a 'value' builder; they strive to find a balance between cost and quality. Of course, as consumers, we want our products to be near perfect and we don't understand why things are the way they are. I could have easily spent twice as much money having a custom builder build this same house. The wood framing might have been a little better, I might have a few less floor squeaks, and the finish quality, the trim, cabinetry, carpeting would have all been better. But the house would cost twice as much, it wouldn't have fit into my budget. Overall, I'm still very happy with my house, it isn't perfect, the floors do squeak, but I know they can fixed.
So, just over one year into my house and I still think it's great. One last thing, there are times I'm annoyed when things go wrong with the house, but overall Ryan Homes customer service has been very good. No complaints, they really do seem to stand behind their houses.