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Things Your Home Builder Will Never Tell You

Updated on June 6, 2014

While there are a number of reputable and quality home builders out there, you should still take what you are told with a grain of salt. There are certain things that even the most reputable home builder will never tell you. Some of the most common things are highlighted here.

“I’m going to build your home on unstable ground.”

If you are having a home built, you will likely anticipate a few speed bumps, but you also expect that your home builder will construct your house on stable and solid ground, right? Well, this is not necessarily true.

Due to urban sprawl and population growth, there is limited residential land remaining, and what is left is not very high quality. There are a number of modern homes that are being constructed on what is referred to as expansive soil – which is soil that will swell when it gets wet, when adequate safeguards are not put in place.

“I plan to cut corners – in a significant way.”

Poor work is always something that is going to occur in home building. In the past, there have been cases where the home builder did not properly seal a roof, where two inch slabs were used rather than the required four inch slabs and where sewage pipes were connected to the pipes for drinking water. There are also situations where a builder will skip steps that are required by municipal building codes.

“I’m not exactly regulated.”

Due to the fact that building a home is extremely complicated and there are serious implications if it is not done properly, you will likely expect any home builder to answer to a regulatory authority; however, this is not necessarily the case. There are a total of 21 states that have no regulations for home builders.

“The public inspectors will not catch any poor work.”

There are a number of builders that will try to dissuade homeowners from hiring a private inspector for the home. This is mainly due to the fact that public building inspectors are only looking to ensure your new house is built to code and that it is a safe place for you to live. They will not be looking to see if it has been well constructed. It is highly advisable that you seek your own inspector when the construction is complete to ensure that your home was not only built to code but that it was also constructed well.

The fact is that there are honest and reputable home builders out there; however, you have to take your time and put in effort to find one. This is essential because there are a number of homeowners who have suffered due to all the issues that are highlighted here. Don’t let your home or your family be a victim. When you know how to choose a quality builder and what to look for you can feel confident that your home will be constructed with quality materials and techniques.


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