It’s hard to believe that it’s been 6 months since my wife and I moved into our new house. The last 6 months have been an absolute whirlwind, and doing our 6 month house review with our builder was something I had been planning for for a while.
Essentially the 6 month review is put in place to allow the home owner to lodge any last defects with the builder. The reason why it’s done 6 months after you move in, is because you often don’t find a lot of the issues until you have lives in the house for a while.
For us there were a couple of major defects that needed to be addressed.
- Wobbly newl post on the staircase
- Security door that left gaps between the wall and the door frame
- Water pooling on the balcony, rather than falling off the side
- Lots of other smaller defects
Of the defects, the water pooling was the most urgent and also the one which I had to argue with the builder about. The reason why it was the most important is because over time the water proofing that has been done on that area of the balcony will start to break down. When that happens we would be left with water damage to the roof of our patio area, which sits directly below the balcony.
The builder was arguing that it was a lot of work to fix something like that, and I agreed, but it would be a heap more work to fix in 6 or 7 years when the water damage takes hold, ad at that point in time the builder wouldn’t over me with their warranty, and it would be my problem to get fix (at my expense). So needless to say, I was pretty forceful when it came to making sure they fixed their poor workmanship.
At the end of the day, if you are going to do a shoddy job, you should expect to have to come back and fix it if the client has a problem. I can tell though that many of these builders try to intimidate you into accepting their poor work, and if that ever happens to you, make sure to stand your ground and if need be, you may have to take things to the proper authority. One mention from me that I was going to take my complaint to the BSA if they didn’t fix their average work, and they were more than happy to comply.
Lesson – don’t be a push over and stand up for yourself and your rights.