Some of you may have already read about this new home builder in Owasso on my Facebook page. If not, then read on. I’m sure you’ll find this as intriguing as I did.
A few weeks ago I did an End of Builders Warranty Inspection on a high end home just outside of Owasso. The home was really nice looking. The Client was very nice and very educated about his home.
The inspection went pretty well. But there were some major code issues in the attic. In fact, they were so severe I wondered why the Rogers County code inspector didn’t catch them! But never the less, I did catch them well before my Clients warranty ran out.
Typically once you have one of these warranty inspections, you turn it into your builder and they start sending people out to repair these issues. But not this Builder!
No, he told my Client that these issues should have been added to the punch list at the time of the walkthrough and not to submit the report to the warranty dept.! My Client had more email communications with this new home Builder in Owasso and even a few phone calls. They emphatically stated they would fix nothing on the report!
We’re not talking about some chipped paint or a scuff on the trim, we’re talking major repairs that will probably run into the 10 to 20k range to fix if my Client has to pay for them to be repaired!
We’re talking structural members in the attic that are not bearing on anything! Here’s just one example. There’s no support below this valley rafter. It was cut short and is just hanging in open space. There’s a good amount of weight on this rafter!
You would think that if you spent nearly $400,000 on a new home in Owasso (or any other place for that matter) that the Builder would stand behind their home.
I think the message that this building in Owasso is sending is clear. Honestly, it’s a message I’ve stated for 15 years.
If you’re buying a newly built home in Owasso or any other place, get it inspected by an independent inspector!
If I know my Client, I know the Builder has not heard the end of this. But still…should you have to jump through hoops to get repairs done by your Builder? Repairs on items that are no fault of you, the home owner? Repairs that the Builder’s sub-contractors should have built correctly in the first place? Issues the county inspector should have caught?
If my Client goes to sell his home, these are all issues that will come up on the next inspection report (well, they will if the inspector is doing his/her job!) Then he’ll either have to pony up his own money to fix these issues or more than likely take a lot less money for his home. All because a home builder doesn’t want to stand behind his home.
Stay tuned. If there are any more updates, I’ll post them here and to my Facebook page.