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Austin TX Home Builders - New Construction Homes - Covering Up a Potential Problem?

Building a New Construction home can be a good experience, or it can be a frustrating experience. It almost depends on how much of the process you see and pay attention to. Many people building a home very rarely stop by the house to check on it and see the progress. Others like to visit at least once a week and give the builder a list of issues each time.

A few months ago, I posted about a house being built across the street from me and how the plumbing was protruding through the slab that was poured.  I really thought they would redo something in this spot, but all they ended up doing was covering it up. Do you think the soon-to-be homeowner knows? I have no idea.

Here's what I'm talking about...

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Here's what they decided to do...

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As you can see, they put the sprinkler system right in front of it (yes, in our area, the sprinklers need to be above ground for some odd reason no one really knows as they should be underground). I'll assume this is to draw your attention away from it. They also built the landscaping up, higher than what I think they normally would, so they could draw attention away and "hide" it a little.

The wall inside is not a flush wall and never will be, but I guess the builder thinks that as long as they can get away with doing it this way, why make changes?

Bottom-line?  Try to visit your home site often when you're building a house so you can catch some things the builders might not catch, or things the builders don't think you'll care about.  If you can't do it, make sure you're working with a Realtor® who can do some spot checks for you and ask further questions on your behalf!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • November 08 2010 11:27AM


The last time we build a house, they actually hired security to make sure no one went by the houses. The security guard parked at the end of our street and turned us away.  Until you buy it, it is private property, so I can't fault them, but it sure made me nervous! Plus we were living at my in-laws and I needed to see that we were making progress on the house, LOL.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 8 years ago


Doing something right is far more important then covering something up. In this case could end up with an unhappy customer and lost sales.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

This is why every buyer needs a buyer agent and especially with a new build. I encouraged my client to get a home inspection, which was poo poo-ed by the builder. The amount of genuine flaws that were discovered almost killed the deal and ultimately saved my buyer thousands.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

There is no such thing as a perfect home. Donna I well remember what you went through when you were building your home. You stood your ground and good for you.

 By having a series of new home phase inspections, along with your realtor you the consumer can feel safer when in the new home building process. Even builders aren't perfect and  miss things. If something is wrong I say fix it right the first time and don't cover up a mistake.

Thanks for the update Donna.

Posted by Carl Winters over 8 years ago

Nice camouflage (NOT!)  This is PRECISELY the reason why people should be visiting their home being built QUITE OFTEN!  Hopefully you can give your new neighbors the post after they move in so it can be fixed properly!  If that pipe in the slab breaks, there are going to be issues!  I know it doesn't get that cool there but it does every once in a while.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 8 years ago