My Landmark Homes Experience - the good, the bad and the ugly

Friday, May 24, 2019

Many of you know that couple of months ago I purchased a condo. Buying a home, especially your first home, is a huge task and can be very stressful. Today I'm sharing my buying experience with Landmark Homes in a honest and open way. Don't get me wrong I love my home but I think there needs to be a real conversation around how complicated, troublesome and awesome it can all be.

After looking for a long time, and I mean like over a year, I found a Landmark Homes built condo. While there was ton of builders and ton of options I wanted to go with a company that has been around for a long time, but mostly a company that would build their condos like they build homes. Landmark homes is recognized for being a leader in the industry and building beautiful quality homes and that's what I wanted for my condo. 

The good:
The sales associate at the show suite, Pat, was great. Pat was very informative which I think would be an amazing fit for first time home buyers - she knew her stuff and was very fast to respond to emails and calls.  Since I work in banking and this was not my first home purchase I knew what to expect and the process I found the information to be a lot but better more info than not enough right?  

The process of purchasing the home was easy and simple. I  had ton of time and information to get things like my mortgage, down payment and lawyer in place. (even tho after some conversation with Pat it felt way more complicated than necessary but overall good.)

The design studio was great. The lady who I was set up with was very patient, listened to what I wanted and gave me ton of options to choose from. I felt confident that I picked the right colors and finishes.

My walk though, was explained in extensive detail by Pat, and then I met with the construction supervisor to do the actual walkthrough. I went and checked all the things, marked things that we thought would need to be fixed and left. This is where the things kind of went from good/great to bad. We never recieved the report but I was confident that things we have discussed would be fixed. 

The condo itself if beautiful, high ceilings, lots of light a sound barrier wall, concrete floors - everything I needed and wanted.

The bad:
Fast forward to possession day - Jake was there to meet us and in the 33 days or so from my walk through to possession new things have come up, one of them being few things that had to be repainted and my floor was kind of funny in two sports. Once again, Jake assured us that we would have someone come in and deal with both things, but I still didn't receive a report.

The paint guy showed up in matter of days and was extremely professional and good at his job. My floor, I never heard anything about. I sent two emails to Landmark to follow up but no one ever got back to me.

At two months, all new built homes have a walk through/check in. The gentleman from Landmark Homes that came in dealt with houses not condos so he couldn't answer some of the things I was asking about. My biggest concern being my floor which in the 2 months of me taking possession went really bad. (I m talking boards popping up in multiple places, sagging in some areas and separating). The guy doing the inspection heard my concerns and said that someone would be in touch shortly.

The ugly:
The floor guys did get in touch this time and set a time to come fix the floor. The gentlemen who came in was from the flooring company, not Landmark homes and went over all 4 areas that are now concerning. In that appointment I have learned that a) one area was fixed previously b) that it is a much bigger issue than just replacing few boards c) that Landmark knew about issues with the floor and ignored it d) that they won't be happy about this.

He took bunch of photos and videos and has advised that he needs to talk to Landmark and will get back to me. 

It's been over a week and I have heard nothing, I have emailed and called but no answer or response. I have also asked for the report from Landmark but my email got no response.

So in conclusion, just because you are paying about 15% more on average than with other builders in order to deal with Landmark you might not get better quality and their customer service and follow up is sub par at best. The finishes are nowhere near the quality they promise. Once the home/condo is built good luck trying to resolve anything. 

I would love to hear your home buying experiences. Thank you for reading. 

OOTD - Work Basics

Thursday, May 23, 2019

More often than not, looks I post are weekend wear if you will. I think this is because working in the corporate would I wear the same black on black outfits and give more attention to my weekend wardrobes. I m always on a search for a perfect work dress or work outfit so when I came upon this dress, I knew I had to have it.I love the wait line and the pockets. I think this dress would work well on many body types.

dress: Marshalls
shoes: Nordstrom
purse: Chanel

Few Items We Are Loving On Nordstrom Half Year Sale!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I don’t know about you but I love the Nordstrom’s half yearly sales.  I went to Nordstrom to check out the sale and try on some stuff- all in time for summer!

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale begins on Wednesday, May 22 and runs through Sunday, June 2 — perfectly aligning with all the other Memorial Day sales you'll surely be shopping.

I just wanted to show you some of my favorite pieces and items. There are a lot of cute Spring and Summer items on sale and even other season you might not be wearing now, but why not get the things you might need when they are on sale. Happy Shopping!

What are you getting this year?

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Summer TV/Movies

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

I love Summer for so many reasons, the heat, the sunshine, I could go on forever! But another reason I love summer is new TV shows and new Movies! Summer is when fun movies come out. Yes there are the big blockbusters but there are also fun comedies and trashy reality TV. Here are my picks that may have flown under your radar.
Wine Country- The funniest women from SNL  days gone by got together and made a movie, they are hilarious and I can't wait to watch this on Netflix. No I haven't yet but I will,wine glass in hand!
Paradise Hotel- I did mention trashy TV, you know I love me some reality TV. I watch the original Paradise Hotel and loved it I'm so excited it's back! I have been wanting this to get a reboot so bad. I hope the new cast is as good as the original. If you have time I highly recommend watching the first season too.

The Hustle- I will give anything a shot that Rebel Wilson is she always makes me laugh. I know some people aren't an Anne Hathaway fan but I don't mind her and Rebel will definitely bring out the best in Anne, and all the previews look hilarious.


Dead to Me- This show is the reason I didn't watch Wine Country. I binged watched the entire season, and I loved it. You have to check it out, it's not like any show I've seen in awhile. It's dark and I loved it, I cannot wait for season 2!! It better come soon, if I put it out there it will happen, right?
Late Night- I will watch anything Mindy Kaling is in, I know I shouldn't base it just on one person but I feel I have to support another minority it's like a code or something. I did watch the trailer and it looks hilarious. I do have to say I think Mindy is playing the same character she always does which is a pushy, and eccentric but in this movie it still works.

What are you watching this Summer? What should I to the list?

OOTD - Style at Any Budget

Monday, May 20, 2019

I think style is possible at absolutely any budget. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a cute look.  This outfit is less than 100 all in and I think its cute.  

pants: Reitmans
top: Walmart
purse: Winners
glasses: Marshalls
shoes: JustFab

How to: build your confidence up...

Friday, May 17, 2019

 If you read Letters to LALA land, you know that I like many people struggle with confidence and have for years. As a kid, I got picked on because I liked reading and kept my toys in boxes; I also have a very wild imagination that I worried myself sick over everything (from what to wear, to worst case scenario like when zombies attack or I got kidnapped). My teenage years were super  awkward; I was taller than most boys, school came naturally and I preferred to play soccer with the boys than play dress up with the girls… this meant I was usually picked on or bullied and sadly this carried over into my twenties. I realize that everyone deals with insecurity for one reason or another, so for last few years, I have found some ways to deal with self doubt and build my confidence; I am not saying that I am always confident and self assure but these 5 things help:
1)Find a mentor. It is hard when you feel like you are alone and that you are alone going through this.  Find someone who inspires you and learn as much from them as you can… Having someone to just talk or to ask for help makes a world of difference.
2) Ask for help.  This and finding a mentor go hand in hand but never be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak and most will want to help; you may be surprised at how forthcoming people are to help.
3) Exercise. A lot of confidence issue arise from how you look (or how you think you look) which I know shouldn’t play a role, but reality is if you are healthier and are active you are less likely concerned with “physical image” but are focus on the health benefits.
4) Do (hot) yoga. Having an hour to completely shut your mind off and connect with your breath is probably the best feeling; one hour of yoga a week can change your whole mood and make you overall happier. (Meditation works as well if you are not a yoga person.)
5) Take risks. Do one thing different or new every week at minimum. Get out there and do the things you’re most scared of, conquering the fears will make you more confident.
 What do you do to be more confident?

OOTD - The Matching Two-Piece

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

I love me a matching two piece outfit – I wear matching pieces for work all the time but this set is a perfect formal yet casual look for the spring and summer. I love how simple and flirty both pieces are. This look feels fresh and comfy but still sort of put-together look. I think accessories and how you style it, or wear it separately that you can create at least 3 outfits.

top and skirt: Walmart
shoes: DSW
purse: Rebecca Minkoff
hair scarf: H&M
glasses: Chanel