Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 11

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 11

We were in Austin again last week for the Holidays, but to also meet with our "new" builder so we can make sure everyone is on the same page.  This is getting more and more frustrating by the minute.

Some of the previous framing issues have been resolved, but not all.  The back door is now correct.  We found out that the back of the house will now be stucco instead of siding.  That's an upgrade we didn't pay for. Not that I like stucco, but apparently it's the "in" thing in Austin.

The shower heads hit my husband in the chest. He's only 6 foot. It's not like he's 6'5" and a giant.  For someone 6' to have the showerhead hit the chest, something's wrong... plus we paid to have it raised 6" in the master.  Needless to say, they will be raising all the showerheads.  It was specified for there not to be two joints and to completely replace the copper, but who knows if they'll cheap-out.

These WINDOWS are going to be the life of me. They re-framed them AGAIN, and they're still wrong!!!  They were even sent an example of the windows from another builder's model home in the neighborhood, and they still messed up!!  We're now on round 5 with these windows.  I'm not giving up. 

Look at these... First, only one window came in when they were ordered, but the one without the window is what the final should look like, 8" window.  The one with the window has only 4" of viewing. How is that even a window?  The point of the windows being added to the kitchen was to bring in extra light since they removed the large window from above the cooktop.  4" of window doesn't bring in light!

Then, we went and walked another house that is set to close this week.  They actually have the size windows I originally asked for, though I was told windows don't come in that size. Hello!!  It's in this house!!  Too late, as I now want the larger windows anyway, but I can't believe that house got them but I couldn't.

And the main issue with the windows came about because of the electrician.  The electrician said he couldn't put the outlets in per code and they would need to go in horizontal.  Great, that's how our current house is.  We got to the house and the electrical outlets are vertical and right in front of the PROPANE cooktop where they'll never be used because of safey issues... they'll be removing those and putting them horizontal under the windows like discussed.

Oh, and get this... they put the network wiring on the wrong wall!  I pointed this out a few weeks ago, but was told it was no big deal.  Well, once they realized the network stuff would not be insulated being on an exterior wall, they are now going to tear it out and move the entire network for the house.  You know how many wires that is?  It wouldn't have been an issue if they put it on the correct wall to begin with which was marked in RED on our plans.

I think too many people try to play "boss" on construction sites which is what makes so many mistakes happen.  I can't imagine what else will go wrong as we continue to move forward.  I hope the cabinets come out ok since there was already a misunderstanding there.

More to come...


Comment balloon 6 commentsDonna Harris • December 30 2008 09:31AM


Donna - Wow! What a nightmare!  I sure hope that everything goes smoothly from here on out!   :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Debi, Yes, yes it's quite a nightmare... we're going to need to start camping out down there to watch their every move.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

It's a good thing you know what to watch for and are staying on them about these issues!  Are they on time?

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Lorrie, On time??  You're kidding, right??  We're supposed to know by the end of the week what the new estimated completion date is.  With the change in builder and the correction of so many mistakes, everything haulted for 2 weeks, so we're probably looking at March... just in time for that 4.5% rate to take effect if it does!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Ahhh, the joy of building a new home!

Just stay on top of your builder and DO NOT accept anything verbally. Put it all in writing or you'll get the old "He said, She said" routine.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago

Craig, Joy?  You've got to be kidding me... Actually, this is all my fault.  Mike has had two new homes before, and I've never had a new home, yet I help people buy brand new homes all the time.  I wanted to go to the design studio for myself instead of a client... live and learn!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago