Compiled Items to Review

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This is only a compiled list for informational purposes.  All items should be approved by a Ryan Homes representative until ownership is officially transferred to the home buyer.  Doing any of these things outside of the rules and regulations will mean that you will be doing them at your own risk.  This site or its owners take no responsibility for any items on this list or any potential outcomes.  If this is not acceptable to you, do not read further and you must leave this page.

Whew, glad that is out of the way!

First off I am not going to take the full credit for this list or even the majority of it.  I did take a list from a blogger friend’s site which also had more input from other bloggers as well.  I tweaked it somewhat and added my own.  They know who they are and I appreciate the work that each of them put into the process.  I figure that if we get enough people posting lists like this it will benefit the community as a whole in the long run.  It is a work in progress and I will add more on as time goes on.  If others would like to add to the list or think of ways to make it better please feel free to post suggestions in the comment area.

Also I have added reference links for some to give credit to those ideas.  If you would like me to add a link or remove one please let me know.
  • The key thing to remember is if you want something different than what Ryan Homes is offering just ask them and they may oblige
    • Often they will say yes for a cost for reasonable changes and with enough time before the actual build process
  • Pictures
    • Find a spot on the curb across the street from your house and take a picture from there each time so that you can see the timeline progression of the house build later on 
    • The more pictures the better, digital is cheap! 
    • Take pictures of the small things even if they seem mundane
  • Getting an island
    • Add an outlet to both sided of it.  Get the standard one outlet and add a second one on the opposite side for laptop charging cable, phone chargers, etc.
  • Add a tube running from the attic to the basement.
    • Ask Ryan to install a 2” tube before finalizing the purchase
    • Some have run a 3/4" flexible smurf tube
    • Can setup an attic antenna and run the cable to the basement to the main hookup panel
    • Can be used with roof mounted satellite dishes as well
    • Ask for 2 basement-to-attic tubes. One for low-voltage wiring, one for regular.
  • Running rear speakers
    • Put in a low voltage electrical box in the family room on the TV wall with some smurf tube going into the basement.
    • Put another box and tube on the opposite wall for the other speaker. 
    • Run speaker wire down to the basement, strap it across and back up into the family room
  • TV mount over the fireplace or other location
    • Run a PVC pipe from the side to where you want it above the fireplace. When you install it, run a string and tape it off. That way, after move in, you just tie the string off to the cables and pull. Don't forget to get Ryan to put in an outlet.
    • Screw in some chunks of 2x6 between studs to have a solid mounting point
  • Hate stacking pots and pans
    • Check out the pull out shelves from Rev-a-Shelf.
  • Under cabinet lighting
    • Buy the puck kit for $30-ish and install yourself. They come with a toggle switch you can opt to install. Mount it behind the front edge of a cabinet and run them in line. Then run the power cord up between two cabinets, drill a hole in the top of the one over the micro. Cut the end off and hook up a 90degree plug. Then just plug it in to the micro outlet and you're good to go. Note-if you pay for a switched outlet to be put in a cabinet, you can have a wall switch and skip the toggle.
  • Put a 1" PVC pipe down below the driveway and sidewalk before the concrete is set
  • Second floor laundry
    • Get the dryer exhaust vent put high enough to hook up AFTER you have pushed the dryer in place.
    • Screw some chucks of 2x6 or 2x8 between the joists under the washer
    • Add anti-vibe feet
    • Put foam pool tubes between the washer and wall/dryer to limit vibration
    • Reference Links
  • Light switch placement
    • Ask if switches can be setup to operate garage coach lights from the front door
    • Move the garage door light switch to the inside of the house on the opposite of the wall usually
    • Make sure that they are not in a place where you will want to place furniture
    • Check to see that they are not placed in undesirable places like in-between windows
    • Basement light switch at the top of the stairs
    • Reference link
  • Electrical outlets tied to wall switches
    • Confirm the placement of the outlets so that they are not in a place that will be unacceptable after the furniture is moved in
  • Hose bibs
    • Two are provided at the plumbers discretion
    • Define where the hose bibs should be placed
    • Consider getting additional hose bibs (watch placement considering decks or patios)
      • 3 on the sides towards the front and one in the back center or 4 bibs on all sides
  • Consider a laundry tub in the garage to wash off items before going into the house
  • See if a garage drain option is available (it is not in some areas)
  • On the kitchen island, depending on your model, you may be able to move the island over and extend the countertop to give your family additional seating in the kitchen. Costs a little extra.
  • Fireplace can affect the available deck or patio space with the external enclosure if put on the back of the house
  • Ask the concrete contractor to pour an extra 2' concrete on either side of the driveway.
  • Dual heat option
  • The base kitchen faucet does not come with a sprayer
  • Get a patio door lock bar after the build is complete
  • Review other security options besides Guardian
  • Floodlight in the back
  • Have a surveyor mark your boundaries if they do not do so already
  • Confirm the exact placement of your house
  • Confirm grading of your lot and how it will be graded against the house so there is not a steep incline in key areas
  • Water heater efficiency and life extension
  • Exterior garage insulation package from Ryan
    • This will insulate the walls as well as the ceiling
  • Install extra garage door insulation using kits that work with the existing door
  • Put an epoxy floor coating on your garage floor before it is used and is still clean
  • If you want to have a specific faucet handle ask Ryan if they will accommodate the request
  • Humidity sensor switch for the bathroom fans
  • There are some empty unused spaces in the home that can be used for other things like cabinets or additional shelves
  • Water softener rough-in
    • This is more cost effective to have the plumbing put in during the build
    • Rough-in will be piped so that the outside bibs do not get softwater and therefore will reduce water costs and extend the life of the softener
  • Landscaping
    • Talk with the landscaper beforehand to choose some specific types of trees and where they might be located
    • Could also discuss where the other plants are located as well on the lot
  • Flood light
    • Have the flood light moved up between the master bedroom window on the second floor and the corner of the house.  This will allow the light to be adjusted when you want from that window and it will have more coverage of the back yard.
  • Wire Shelves
  • Paint
    • Search for your door or wall paint by the product number online so that you know what to get if you need to do any touch-ups down the road.  In some cases this may be Sherwin-Williams paint. 
  • Ask RH to extend counter top over edge of island for extra seating
  • Location of the basement windows
    • Could ask that an egress window and a standard window swap locations
  • What type of ceiling finish
    • Generally the ceilings come with a texture called slapbrush
    • Can ask for an upgrade to a smooth ceiling or a knockdown texture


  1. Cool! Thanks for saving us time from trying to remember where we saw one thing or the other by putting it all in one place!

    1. No problem! Thanks for taking a look at the list!

  2. This is super great. Been meaning to throw this idea out there: In talking to my electrician father, we've decided to ask for 2 basement-to-attic tubes. One for low-voltage wiring, one for regular. Haven't met with our PM yet, but fingers crossed that he's amenable.

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    1. Glad you like it, hope it helps!

  4. I know you posted this awhile ago, but thank you! We just signed a contract with Ryan and I've been searching high and low to find all the hidden things we need to ask about. I'll have to start a blog and join the party! :)

  5. Hi, Supposed to sign contracts this Saturday and this was very helpful. Thank you! Had a question as to why thresholds are not being included in the bathroom doorways, they only offer a strip as a threshold. Also, wanted to know if you could offer any insight about the lender used by Ryan Homes? Anything to double check or ask about prior to signing?