11:07AM | 12/27/98

My husband and I are about to break ground on our first home. Being a novice at any type of home experience I'm a little concerned about something that happened to us last week. Several weeks ago, (before Thanksgiving) we
told the builder every extra that we wanted that had to be noted on our blueprints. (3 extra windows and an exterior door in the basement.) The sales person told us that
she was going to send our additions and where we wanted them, to their home office and that they were going to send edited prints with our changes and then at that point we would make sure that everything was where we wanted it.
Something happened, and our prints got lost in the shuffle. It wasn't hard for us to remember where we wanted everything, so we didn't think it was a big deal. The builder called and we arranged to meet with her last
Sunday to review the new prints, which she had to "re-order" since they got lost. My problem is this. . .
The prints weren't revised. She took regular stock prints and just added things in roughly. I thought at first that we were just redoing what had been lost until she said "Are you sure this is what you want, because after this it is etched in stone." This worried me, because I thought that check prints were supposed to be real renderings of what our house is going to be, not her penciling things in roughly. Am I overreacting?

Thanks in advance.

Suz Hall


10:54AM | 12/28/98
The courtrooms are filled with homeowners suing contractors over unwritten details. This company is working FOR YOU and you have every right to demand everything be put into writing before any money is handed to them. If they are unwilling then there are many more contractors who would be happy to satisfy you.
In many areas written changes on blueprints, signed by both parties, is legal. You would need a lawyer to verify this for you.
Try and make all of your changes now. All contractors love it when people request "add-ons" since the profit margin for these changes runs very high. The bad contractors will bid low and make up the difference on these add-ons.
If the blueprints are important to you, you can also request "AS-IS" drawings upon completion and before final payment is made.
I really wish you luck.


10:54AM | 01/03/99
be careful! A blubrint is a calculated drawing. Not only does a print show location of romes and features it also showes critical information about placing of supports calculated spacificly for that house as it is drawn. Some things can be easily rearanged with no problems others require a little thought on how it may affect the structural integrity of your future home. good luck
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