Homebuilding defect rate and prevention
Hi all – I was disturbed to hear about a coworker’s experience. The short of it is that he found almost daily defects during construction of his house. Is this normal?
He was having a house built in Tucson, Arizona. It was in a new development. I think some of you here call this scenario a “production builder”. Or maybe a “spec home”, but I’m not exactly sure what a spec home is. Are all homes in a new development spec homes?
He ordered the house, with a few extra options, and construction started. He and his wife would visit the construction site every evening, and he’d take a look at the work. He’d notice a defect or error and leave a note for the construction supervisor or foreman or whatever.
He said the supervisor was very good to him, was always diligent about fixing the problems. That’s fine, but I was more alarmed that he was finding errors almost every day. Almost no one inspects their production builder home construction the way he did, so this implies there will be lots of errors in the average production builder house. Is that right?
What about custom home builders? In your experience do they have a high error rate as well? I don’t know of any stories (except actress Sandra Bullock apparently had a nightmarishly bad home building experience in Austin: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1474292/Actress-wins-7m-for-builders-shoddy-work.html).
I think Malcolm or someone said recently that buyers weren’t welcome on job sites of production builders. I’m not sure how else to exert some quality control. I know of another buyer in Tucson whose house was missing insulation in one bedroom wall. That’s hard to understand – I mean how did the drywallers not notice that the wall had no insulation?
Would you strive for daily inspections on your home’s construction? What else would you do?
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