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Old 04-04-2016, 11:57 AM   #16
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Hi guys. No this was not an April Fools Joke. So to follow up one year later...

My attempts to rectify this became ugly and heated. I did not enjoy it.

Because of the hot Colorado housing market I was put into a tough situation. The home was worth 20K more than I was contractually paying for it, having signed 10 months earlier. So the builder was not going to pull up the floor under any circumstances, and would have given my earnest money back, then turned around and had 5 offers yesterday!

I was renting in a scary neighborhood for $400 over what my new mortgage was going to me. I couldn't lose this deal and they knew it.

I negotiated the best I could and was able to get them to pull up 20 or so boards and replace. Of course they cut the tongue and groove by doing so and just glue down to the sub-floor.

All in all the floor has turned out just ok. It's good from far, but far from good. I'm living with it.

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 04-04-2016, 01:11 PM   #17
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I hadn't followed the thread, but it looked like your post would be a conclusion so read through. Stinks but I understand. If there is a place to report your experience with that builder and flooring contractor there are many people out there that would love to see it.

If, and I'm the type of person who would, you want, this could all go to court. He blackmailed you into accepting a terrible job and he should have honored the original deal which would have included removing that floor and having another contractor install a new one. In reality, I have never sued anyone, but because I stand my ground so firmly, they have always backed down. Your argument at this point is that the end results are not what you wanted despite allowing them to try and fix it.

I hope the rest of the house was better.

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Old 04-04-2016, 01:20 PM   #18
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Thanks Bud, I appreciate the words. Overall, it's a good build. But I do agree with you in principle; hopefully I learned something, but I'm over it now and haven't got the fight in me to go further. I respect guys like you who hold their ground no matter what. I didn't get that DNA - LOL. I wish I did.
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Old 04-04-2016, 02:05 PM   #19
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You can feel fortunate "the hot Colorado housing market" as that isn't the case everywhere. Probably the people living near sea level looking at those projected flood zones .

Digging ones heels in takes practice, but in Maine we also have some very strong consumer protection regulations, without which I would not have been so successful. Bottom line is, it is a learning process and your next, house or other, the fine print will be more in your favor.

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