Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 8

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 8

I was back in Austin for a couple of days this week.  I'm so glad we went because there were SOOO many mistakes at the house.  It's frustrating because it's hard to "babysit" these guys from Dallas.  We have family in the area, but they don't know what things are supposed to look like.

Here are some examples:

 

These windows are supposed to be 24" across.  See, they took out the "normal" window above the cooktop for some stupid reason, and decided to put a ventahood these instead.  I demanded windows in the kitchen so it wouldn't be so dark.  They said, "Whatever you want, Donna, but I can't put the main window back."  So I wanted those long ones to bring in more light, which they did have in the house from a previous post.  Then, the framer was told by the electrician to make the windows smaller so he did.  Huh?  Why does an electrician get to make a decision like that?  Needless to say, I had the builder, the framer, and the sales rep all at the house on Tuesday.  They then brought out the construction manager's boss to show them what was going on.  I'll be getting the windows I contracted for, one way or another!!

 

This is the wrong backdoor.  We will be putting in a doggy door upon move-in, so we contracted an 8" door that was partial glass and then smooth panel at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

You can't tell much from this pictures, but this is a linen closet.  You can see where they have the door framed to go in.  This closet is supposed to be twice this size as it's tiny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is under the stairs.  This is supposed to be left open for storage, however, they framed it off.  They are going to go back and rebrace the stairs in order to open this space back up.

 

 

 

 

And then there is this... I don't recall seeing this anywhere in my contract... I hope they aren't just throwing it in free to accomodate all the other mistakes they've made.

These were just the mistakes I got on camera, as there were more.  They made changes to our upstairs Balcony.  Apparently, the water was flowing from the roof pitch to the balcony which would cause the covered patio below to leak, so they inserted a halfwall.  Not sure what that will look like when it's complete, but it sounds weird.

Maybe we should install cameras in the house with live feed so we can see things in real time as they progress.

Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • December 04 2008 08:48AM

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WOW!

Posted by Raylene Lewis (Century 21 Beal, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Raylene, I know!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna:  It appears the two of you, you and Raylene, are definitely women of few words... :)  

Seriously, if there is any way I can help you with any of the problems you are encountering with your new home... let me know.  My help could even include meeting you at your new home the next time you are down that way.  I live pretty close to I-35W... so it would not be as bad for me as it sounds.  I could help you with what you need... and then hit the outlet malls... LOL.  As you know, I have been a Realtor for many, many years, but have also worked for six different major new home builders. I would be glad to do this for you.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna... I wish I could say that I was amazed, but I'm not.  We've all heard stories like this one... but I know firsthand, it's even more aggrevating when it's your own home!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm definitely not a woman of "few" words!  LOL!  Thanks for your offer, but it's a long 3 1/2 hour drive down.  It's miserable especially with the construction in Temple.  They will not be putting up the sheetrock until we have a final walk thru with the electric put in and the changes made.  I'll hold them up as much as I need to, as I'm hoping to get that 4.5% interest rate the news keeps talking about since they're saying Feb-March time, and the house is currently slotted for end of Feb.

Steve, I've had builders put the wrong backsplash in a home, the wrong carpet in a home, and put the door from the garage to the house into a closet, but I've never had issues like I'm having with my own house...  it all goes back to the nightmare when I bought my current house and the sellers wouldn't move out!  I'm jinxed!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Don't get to pissy with them.. I've heard of dead animals, feces and other things ending up behind walls and in the enclosed areas under the garden tub...

Good for keeping them honest!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago

Greg, I'm trying not to piss them off as much as possible, but this house is turning out so different from what we saw in Houston. They're not even wrapping the front porch around to the side of the house. Remember how cool that looked?  No plants outside my dining room windows now...  They didn't even tell us they were changing the footprint like that.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna, having done new home sales for many years, this is the truth: there is probably NEVER poop in the house, but the one time the buyer comes to inspect the property...some idiot brings their dog in while they work. Good for you for being ALL OVER IT- it's such a mess to make corrections once drywall is up. Looks like a great house- love the fireplace. Uh- about that "pissy" thing... eggs in ductwork can be a bit of a problem.

Posted by Laurie Mindnich over 9 years ago

Donna - we always recommend that buyers of a new house have the home inspected several times during construction. It's amazing how many things aren't connected, are put in wrong, etc.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 9 years ago

Donna:  I must disagree with Laurie as far as NEVER finding poop in the house.  I have seen many times... here in Texas... where the summer weather gets so very hot... that workers... "tradespeople"... will often "poop" in a giant Slurpee container rather than walk all the way out of the house to the Porta-Potty... which as you know is a closed plastic bathroom... and inside that closure... it is hotter than heck.  

So... although you won't find those little Slurpee Surprises in all homes... they are not unusual... not at all.  Rarely are they in the walls.  More usually up in the ceilings or crawl spaces... sometimes even inside the duct work.  Sometimes even inside the metal-box fireplace enclosures.  Sorry for the visual image my description may be building in your mind.  :(

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Laurie, Yeah, I had never seen it in any houses I've walked in the passed, so I was surprised to see it, especially on the second floor plant ledge.

Sharon, Yes, those things happen.  The things we caught, however, are things an inspector would never know about since he wasn't there at the design selection.

Karen Anne, Thank you oh so very much for the beautiful picture in my head.  I'll sleep better tonight!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 9 years ago

Donna:  Sorry about the picture.  Just trying to have you benefit from my experiences... some of which were good, some... not so good.  :)

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

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