From HOBB.org, Homeowners for Better Building, Forums, General Discussion. What some see and experience as the," nature of the beast":
Re: Lennar story... � Reply #1 on: May 14, 2007, 02:18:09 pm �
Ron, I agree, they can just cut and paste the same old excuses! Though things seem to be improving lately, it's still far too common to see reporters fail to actually VERIFY that what a builder says is true. These people probably all tried to get the builder to fix things numerous times, and the TYPICAL responses are:
Builder fails to show up for appointed repair date.
Builder sends monkey who fails to properly do repairs, but maybe slaps some caulk on it.
Builder sends monkey who damages something else while doing slip shod "repair."
Builder refuses to come and do repairs.
Builder denies they were notified, (homeowner should use Certified Return Reciept Mail for proof of notification and reporters should make note of proof in article when they are shown such proof!)
Builder's monkey shows up unannounced when they know the homeowner's at work, and claims "they refused to let me in."
Builder's monkey shows up unannounced and homeowner lets them in, at which point builder's monkey says, "uh...I have to go back to the shop to get something," and never returns. (Monkey didn't expect homeowner to be home and was never intending to go in and make repairs at all.)
After several incidents like the above, the homeowner, possibly under their expert's or attorney's advice, refuses to let the builder or his monkeys do any more "repair" work as it is making things worse.
Homeowners need to document everything that goes on, so they can prove they notified the builder and attempted to work with them. They do need to be there on a weekday to let someone in for repairs. Builders know that working people often can't do this very often, so they burn up your days off with no-shows and bogus caulking gun visits. Many homeowners give up because it then becomes an interference with their JOB. For those whose defects are serious, they have no choice, usually, but to keep fighting, even at the risk of taking off work without pay or making the boss mad.
Document all of it. Lost wages are damages that MAY be recoverable especially if you can prove the builder failed to show up, etc.
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Your due diligence is only effective BEFORE the fact. I wish you well. Read more: To access the following, copy and paste the quote below into a Google search.
meatman5515 writes:<<Monkey Homeowner did not want to pay the $300-500 for a home inspection. Monkey homeowner closed before repairs were done. So when it comes down to it, the homeowner is the real fu*cking monkey.>>
Consider changing your name to meathead..., as you do not know what you are talking about. Perhaps the following may help clear your thinking?:
IN MY OPINION, WHICH IS BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE, THERE IS NOT A LEGAL PRODUCT AVAILABLE IN THE MARKETPLACE TODAY WHICH CARRIES THE DEGREE OF POTENTIAL FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL RISK FOR THE PURCHASER AS DOES THAT OF A NEW HOUSE.
Your control is now, not later.
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