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squa99

09:54AM | 09/29/06
Member Since: 09/28/06
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I'm having a house built in Melbourne Beach Fl. It was determined we needed a stem wall. We paid an additional $12,500 to build the stem wall as per plan. The stem wall is 5 courss high. Now the builder says I owe an additional $4000 for fill dirt. Is this a legitimate charge? Is the stem wall considered complete without the fill dirt or with the fill dirt?

studta

07:05AM | 10/19/06
Member Since: 10/17/06
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Unfortunately, what he is saying is true. The stem wall is just the block wall. Backfilling of this is separate.

However, did you have a contract with them? Normally, all costs are negotiated upfront before construction begins. This is just the first step of the homebuilding process and it sounds like you are already $16,500 over budget. I'd hate to see where you are when this project is complete.
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