We spent 5 hours at the sales office today finalizing our decision. After quite a bit of going back and forth we finally signed the contract and gave our down payment! What a surreal experience. Afterwards we went through a Rome currently under construction to talk about a few things and then we drove over to the neighborhood that has the Rome model home, about 20 minutes away.
Hubby was still not happy about a couple of points that they wouldn't budge on, but after talking to a friend in construction, he agreed to help make those changes after we move in. He also agreed to inspect the house for us at regular intervals to make sure they are building everything correctly. The contract says we can have an idependant inspector, so we will have that now!
So next up will be our flooring meeting. We have 30 days to complete that meeting, but we will probably take care of it next week.
AND .... Settlement is expected to be Dec. 29th - and my birthday is the 28th. I think this is the most expensive birthday gift I will ever receive.