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Old 07-17-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Help!!!if Anyone Out There Can Give Us An Idea, Please!! My Husband And I Are Building A Home. The House We Looked At Was On A Crawl Space And The House They Are Building Is On A Slab.the Slab Is Much And I Mean Much Lower To The Ground.we Will Be Luck To Get A Step To The Front Porch.(when Originally There Are 3!!)the Realator Told Us That She Doesn't Know If They Can Even Do Anything About It We Are To Meet With The Contractor Tomorrow For The First Time!is This Supposed To Happen Before They Start Building? My Husband And I Want To Know ? Since They've Just Started Doing The Frame Work On The Main Floor (the House Is 2 Story) Can They Pour More Concrete Over The Old And Elevate The Main Part Of The House To Raise It! Or Are We Stuck, No One Told Us This Would Happen, We Feel Like They Are Just Handing Us What They Want The House Doensn't Even Look The Same On The Outside.we Are Paying 215,ooo For The House. We Have To Pay They Mortgage...help!!!

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I don't know too much about real estate law, but it sounds like to me that if you have the original blueprints/plans showing a crawlspace and have a contract, you should be able to get some sort of legal action going with a lawyer. Sorry about the situation.

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It should all be covered in your contract.
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Old 07-17-2007, 11:20 PM   #4
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You need to pay closer attention. If the footing and slab are already poured and tomorrow is the first time your meeting with the contractor, that is a mistake. It would be great if you could just sign a paper and write a check and come back later and the house is built exactly the way you want it. But that is not going to happen. You need to know what's going to happen BEFORE it does, not after. You need to treat these people like three year olds. They should not be left unsupervised. I'm speaking specifically about your contractor. The walls haven't been framed up yet and it's already in the crapper. This guy loves people who leave him alone. After the screwup he will blow smoke up your behind as to why it can't be fixed. And he'll do it again and again.
If he can't abide by what the contract states, walk away. But be sure you know what your signing when you do.
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hello, its the HELP homeowner.nowhere in the contract does it state slab or crawlspace but the blueprints show crawspace.our realator says slab was the only option, today we talk to the builder and come to find out we could have chose.Even not to get slab but no one tells us anything "i thought thats what the realator was for."we have been at the site every other day i have even taken pics to make sure if there is a mistake i have it documented.we are first time builders we didn't think that we should have to over see the builders sooooo much .what are we supposed to do go there everyday? I guess so, idiots.!! Was this our realators fault , basically she just wants us to suck it up, but its not her house!!we are buying a home , not being given one!! we still have to look at this house everyday!!
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I don't know why you are speaking to the Real Estate agent about this. What control do they have over the contractor? Who did you sign the contract with to build the house?
This sounds like a developement. The developer signed on this Real Estate company to handle the sales aspect of the deal. These people are useless. You need to speak to the developer. If you can't get satisfaction, get out of the deal. If the problems of the house are so egregious, why would you stay?
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The contract will say "to the plans and specifications". If the plans are for a pier and beam, then a slab on grade is not to the plans and specifications. If fact, I do not understand how this could happen. There must be something esle involved.
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Did you buy plans from a book?
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we didn't buy plans from a book! we actually have been looking for a house for 4 years and when my husband came home from Iraq we decided to buy! we actually went and looked at a house already built like the one we are purcashing (supposedly).There is no instructions in the paperwork as to slab or crawlspace except on the blueprints.
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Was the one you looked at on level ground? Is yours?
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NO!!THE HOUSE WE SAW WAS NOT ON A SLAB IT WAS ON A CRAWLSPACE.NOW THE BUILDERS ARE SAYING THAT THERE IS A MISCOMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE REALATOR AND THEMSELVES.THEY CAN'T SEEM TO GET IT TOGETHER. IN THE MEAN TIME WE SUFFER.WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A DECK (NOW WE HAVE TO NEGOTIATE THAT TOO BECAUSE THE CONTRACTOR SAYS THATS NO ON THE BLUE PRINTS. WHEN OUR REALATOR TOLD US WE WOULD GET A DECK. AND A JETTED TUP INSTEAD OF A GARDEN TUB THATS ANOTHE ISSUE. WHATS GOING ON????
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There is a process called "due diligence" that deals with making a cont ractural agreement. Basically what it means is do not sign ANYTHING until you are certain that everything you have been told is in written form in the contract.

You will probably need to get an expensive lawyer now, when you could have used a cheap one before signing.

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This may be off the topics, buy why would you insist on crawl space rather than on slab... crawl space give you better value?.... and why would you want more steps to walk onto the porch... forgive my ignorance... but I really don't know.... is this all because you want to have a deck rather than patio....
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Kui****ng -

You are off topic. The poster expected onr thing and seems to be getting something different.

The question has to do with the difference between the expectation and what is delivered. The contract and other back-up will determine the appropriate remedy inlaw.

I never heard where there was an increased value in a slab on grade over a crawl space or a basement. It has to do with the site and home design. I sure would not like a cheap slab on grade when on a lot overlooking a lake.

Not everyone has your limited exposure and habits. In many areas, decks are preferred and are necessary on up scale homes.

A patio is great if you want a convenient access to a pool or if you are limited to a wheelchair, but is a detrement when it comes to getting above the bugs or getting a view and circulation.
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TS is right. First thing: STOP THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!
GET A LAWYER YESTERDAY!
DO NOT REPEAT DO NOT WRITE ANOTHER CENT, IF U HAVE ANY CHECKS THAT HAVE NOT PROCESSED YET STOP PAYMENT.
This is NOT personal but seems you are in way way over your head.
Go to the Building dept that covers your job and talk to them and ask them for a contractor that could GC your project. His cost will be a bargain.
A good GC will be able to interpret the prints and assure you that all is built as spec'd and per code etc. Also with a GC involved it amazing how many things DONT get overlooked or forgotten.
Good Luck.
You mentioned ur husband just came back from Iraq. Is he military? If so he can get help from them also. You didnt say where this house is being built, that would help.
If your husband is military, did his tour in Iraq, I would think that maybe there might just be some folks here on this Forum in the construction field close to you that may feel like helping you out as a way of saying THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
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