Re: Ready for this story???
A somewhat moral question to follow that up with. The house Houston mentions above happens to be the house behind me, literally. I watched it go from a little bungalow to a a little bungalow with some legos stacked on the back of it and a 2 story garage.
Originally Posted by Mastercarpentry
Let me preface what follows by saying I am NOT a contractor, but I do have a very good memory and I am very observant of conditions, materials used and situations/conditions, that is part of my job.
I watched the new portions of the house being built using every leftover scrap of plywood to sheathe the garage, resulting in overlaps and thus not a smooth surface. I observed undersized posts holding up a 2nd level balcony/staircase head down to ground level outdoors. I saw the inferior siding material mentioned above be applied to the home, using every piece that I hope would be rejected if it were my home and no patches applied.
So what do I do? This is new construction, done by "professionals." Do I tell the realtor s/he is selling a turd? Do I tell the owner/designer that bought to flip it that his subs suck? Do I find every perspective homebuyer and say "don't buy it, it's built like crap"? I could find myself with a lawsuit if I do the latter. I did nothing, and I have had a few conversations with the new homeowner who now lives in a lemon. A very expensive lemon. Fortunately the homeowner has been proactive, seems to be taking it well, and is taking appropriate legal action. I hope they win the suit and stay, because I like them, and they are now my 5th string babysitters.
It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.