If it sounds too good to be true...

January 25, 2014

When a local production homebuilder claims to build a better house, one would reasonably believe that the builder would back the claim and insure that neither of the following two factual and verifiable scenarios would occur. Someone moved into their brand new homes in July, only to find out in October that the propane furnace in their crawl space had not been vented to the outside. A second person who also moved into their brand new home in July woke up one January morning to find the interior temperature at 58 degrees, only to later find out that the valve supplying propane to the furnace had not been turned on.

Clearly there’s plenty of blame to go around. One sub-contractor installed the furnaces and a second installed the propane service and clearly neither checked the other’s work. The homebuilder obviously does not oversee its sub-contractors and insure their customer is moving into a safe and comfortable house. Also, the county issued a certificate of occupancy for each home when in fact the homes had issues which potentially jeopardized the homeowners health and comfort.

In light of the above, two popular sayings come to mind: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, and caveat emptor, buyer beware.

Stuart Weiner


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