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  • elba_saw_i_was_able elba_saw_i_was_able Dec 30, 2003 8:16 PM Flag

    I'm Buying a Pulte Home...

    I don't own the stock.Man am I disappointed & shocked! They blew a 16' x 30' patio pad -- their concrete contractor shovelled a few sq yards of rubble back in the form and poured concrete over it.Then they put in a stupid fix -- a ball of concrete in the corner the whole area slopes to.I filed a complaint with the County which got the corner dug up -- showed the ball of concrete had settled and wasn't even making contact with the pad above it on the sloe -- the flow of water thru the unstable substrate was going to continue to make it sink.They even tried to caulk it to make it look like something.I have a bunch of photos that tell the whole story.

    I want out of the contract.This was a $325k house + landscaping.

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    • Ask the builder if they have a 'Standards of Construction' document. The builder may call this document by another name, but its contents will be the same. Obtain this and read it. Pay particular attention to the term, 'standards of the industry'. Do not assume your house will be of the same quality as the builder's models.

      Ask YOUR ATTORNEY to modify/delete the arbitration clause. If the builder is not willing to do this go elsewhere, or require that monies be escrowed to protect your interests. NOTHING in the documents you sign is designed to protect your interests aside from the transfer of title.

      Ensure that your attorney, if you have representation regarding ANY aspect of your new house, is not a shill for the builder. Ask the attorney if he has represented, or is currently representing, other customers of the builder, has ever filed a lawsuit against the builder, has ever participated in an arbitration against the builder, has ever refused an arbitration with the builder, and what were the circumstances and results of any of these proceedings. Do not assume the attorney or the builder will behave in an honorable manner.

      An independent, pre-closing house inspection will not protect your interests regarding leaking windows, a leaky roof, a faulty foundation, settling/heaving/shifting concrete flatwork, or other long term consequences of shoddy construction and other cost cutting measures.

      Do not assume you are dealing with honorable people. Get an independent, second opinion regarding ANYTHING of substance related to your new house. YOUR interests are YOUR interests, only.

      Do not let the largest investment of your family's life become an emotional and financial nighmare.

      Visit Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings, HADD.com, WESH.com, Building Houses: Building Problems, and ANY search engine, to gain further understanding and insight into the business practices of the corporate new house building industry and to protect your financial and emotional interests.

      W

    • With the passage of The American Dream Downpayment Act the following is of particular importance to the vulnerable and uneducated new house shopper.

      I would like to thank Sanford Homes, Division of BZH, for providing me with the opportunity to gain the experience necessary to contribute the following message.

      Consider this a public service statement:
      This could be the most risky investment you will ever make, potentially 100%+.

      Write to me if you want to know about my experience with, and opinion of, Sanford Homes--Division of BZH. wilson2207@yahoo.com

      Write to me if you want to know about my experience with, and opinion of, Sanford Homes--Division of BZH. wilson2207@yahoo.com

      Before you sign a contract to purchase a new house, walk through an established neighborhood where your builder has built houses within 1-3 years (5-8 years would not be a bad idea.) and ask the neighbors about any unresolved warranty issues and how warranty matters were generally handled. Do not rely on the builder's representations. Before the contract is signed, it is still YOUR money.

      Ask your builder how many of their valued 'customers' they've required to sign a non-disclosure agreement as a requirement for the new house buyer to receive a warranty settlement as a condition of having work done that should have been covered under any reasonable warranty by the benevolent, fair minded, our interests are your interests, new house builder?

      Do not let your warm, tingly, feelings about your future new house, cloud your judgement.

      Also, ask the builder's representative how many times houseowners have had to file a lawsuit against them in an attempt to get warranty issues resolved. Be willing to wait for an answer. Then verify the answer you receive independently.

      Also, ask for a copy of the Limited Warranty Agreement including all Exhibits and read them. Mainly, get the warranty documents. Do this before any money changes hands. This will show you the position you will be in when problems arise.

      • 1 Reply to wilson2207
      • wilson,you know the builder may be honest and you may have a mortgage but if after five years your foundation is bad ,your floors out of level,you have the house for life because you can't sell it.no lender will lend on the house.It does happen.People are buying houses with no down payment and they have no savings,my house needed repairs and I had to spend 20K to bring it up to neighborhood standards.high paying jobs going overseas.coebest6

    • "I have a bunch of photos that tell the whole story."

      well show them to us.

 
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