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caroler7, Home Buyer in Cape Coral, FL

I bought a new home that has several punch out items to be done. what is a reasonable time period for these items to be completed by the builder?

Asked by caroler7, Cape Coral, FL Fri Jun 14, 2013

Home has a one year builders warranty as well.

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One week would be the maximum that I would recommend waiting. You want things to be fresh in the Builder's mind and don't want to risk the possibility of his crews moving onto the next one and getting delayed.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 15, 2013
I personally would HAMMER that punch list and make that Builder fix every last piece of shottie work that their lowest bid contractors threw together with the cheapest materials they could!

The Builders figures you'll ask for a few things to be fixed, they'll then make it very inconvenient as possible in hopes you'll forget about the rest.

I'd spend $300 to $400 and have a Home Inspector come out an do a once over. It's like spending a dollar to make $200.00.

If you'd have looked in your rearview mirror when leaving the closing, you'd have seen them High Fiving each other, jumping up in the air doing Chest Bumps!Builder's are not your friends or relatives, they could actually care less about you after you close! They coerce buyers to use their "Preferred Lender", their "Preferred Title Company" and all done thru their sales rep., the perfect "Trifecta!"

There are a lot of extras you could work builders for after closing because of poor craftsmanship!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 14, 2013
It has been my experience these items if not competed immediately are done the day before or hours before the closing, but in process or completed by the time of the walk through.
If they are still building and selling new construction in the community these folks will be accessible to support the 1 year warranty. Just make sure you have in writing exactly what need to be corrected and the quality/grade of the correction.
Your real risk if if you purchased the last home this builder completed in that community.

Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 14, 2013

This is a most interesting question....these repairs are sometimes not taken with the seriousness that they should be. You may find that some items will be taken care of quickly(a day or two) while others may take weeks, and still others may never be addressed. Even though you have a full one year warranty, some items may be literally ignored with the hopes that you will forget them and move on.

Do yourself a favor and take your repair requests to the corporate level, make additional requests and document your correspondence with using certified mail. Some builders are very good while others are terrible about warranty work. We are presently dealing with a top national builder that has lied to us, and totally ignored their responsibility for these repairs.

In our case, it won't be too long before we consider taking them to small claims court to get their attention.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 14, 2013
Punch lists should be done before closing.
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