Originally Posted by McC
Hearing about this kind of stuff drives me crazy! If it's just going to be ripped out, why can't a buyer "upgrade" to have the builder install nothing?! It makes me sad to hear about such a waste of time and resources to put something (counters, carpets, cabinets) in only to have a new owner rip them out immediately. This is a general comment about the way we do things, not specific to you ebrie014 (you have to work within the options available to you in the real world), or any specific builder.
To answer your questions about having the builder install nothing - short answer: it's against code. When you close on your condo or new home, the builder has to provide essential elements (completed/functional kitchen, flooring, running water, etc...), even if the owner is going to tear them out the minute they step foot into the home.
Next, not to be rude to anyone here that bought a condo from Claridge - but what did you expect?
Their prices are usually lower (though not substantially lower) than their direct competition, so how would they be able to provide an equivalent or greater quality condo?
I've said this before, and I'll say it again, price/ sq. ft. is a great way to start to condo comparison, but that comparison only works if the square feet are the same - meaning, are the materials being used the same quality in condo A v condo B?
So the next time you come across a great deal at condo site A that condo site B couldn't match, there's probably a good reason for that. Dig into the specs a little deeper or ask to see a past completed project, that'll usually answer the question "Why are your prices so cheap?"