10:27AM | 06/08/03
Member Since: 06/07/03
1 lifetime posts


We bought a newly constructed house and moved here two weeks back.
Last week when it rained, there was water in the basement and we saw a crack on the basement wall. We spoke to the builder and he sent somebody who fixed the crack with hydroxy(?) cement, which he said would take care of the water leak.
Last night when it rained again, we see water in the basement today. I am really in a panic condition now as I don't know how I can ensure that this crack is fixed. Also, would like to know what my options are since its brand new house. I spoke to the village building inspector but he told me to talk to the builder. Also spoke with the home inspector (who did the inspection of our house before we closed). The home inspector said that it is a normal crack (he hasn't seen it) and we should'nt worry about it.
I will really appreciate any help on this issue.


Jay J

03:44PM | 06/16/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
1) Have your Home Inspector pay you a visit. 2) Get whatever he says in writing. (Ask him if he'll guarantee his statements!)

You probably have a New Home Warranty. Read it, 3x's. Note EVERYTHING that's wrong w/the house. Keep a diary of this stuff, when you've ctc. the Builder, what you and the Builder 'said', and when. That way, if ever you should go to court, you can back up your situation. Just make sure you notify the Builder BEFORE the warranty is up. (Certified mail, Return-receipt ...) It would be OK to consider hiring a Real Estate Attorney. That would be $$$ well spent. (I'm sure the Builder had an Attorney look over HIS contracts when they were drawn up, don't ya know! I say you should do the same.)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

If you are interested in more about fans and air conditioning, consider: How To: Install a Ceiling Fan How To: Choos... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon