Pg. If it was covered by a dirt pile and never mentioned anywhere in any of the documentation that you received, your agent could not have known about it either. If it was mentioned and it was never pointed out to you, that's a different story. Is the agent only your agent or does she work in the builder's sales office? If she works for the builder, she should have known about it and told you. What did your agent say about it. She must have mentioned what she intends to do.
When did you find out about the transformer box? Did it just all of a sudden appear on the lot? I would think that you received other documents from the builder that may have mentioned this. It sounds like you did not get your own agent involved in this. My suggestion would be that you go visit the sales office tomorrow and tell them that you don't want the lot with the transformer box. If they disclosed it to you, they'll be happy to show you when and where. If they did not disclose it, then they should let you change as I would consider it a material fact. Please understand that I am just expressing my personal opinion. What I am saying is not intended as legal advice and you should not rely on it as legal advice. If the developer does not budge, you should make an appointment with an attorney and have the contract and all the other documents that you received from the builder reviewed. Take one step at a time. You have to take action a.s.a.p. as all the wondering what the builder may or may not be willing to do does not help you. If the developer is willing to work with you, get everything in writing and have it reviewed by an attorney.
Hi Pg. I don't know know how far along in the purchase process you are and it is possible that the developer will just let you change without a charge. It really depends on the developer and what your contract says. There's no hard and fast rule. I don't even know if there are any other lots available and if there are what the price of the other lots are. I am thinking that the price of your lot may have already been lower because of the transformer box. The only way to find out what your options are is by talking to the developer. Good luck.
Hi Pg. I think the developer would probably let you change if they did not disclose the fact that the transformer box will be on the front lawn. If they did disclose the fact when you signed the contract, I could imagine that the developer might charge you a fee. This is somewhat discretionary and will depend on the developer. I would think that they would not want to force you have your house built on a lot that you no longer want. I believe that having the transformer box on the front lawn may affect resale as those boxes are usually pretty visible. If I were a buyer, I would go for the house without the transformer box. I do a lot of valuations for banks and I usually mention the existence of a transformer box (or community mailboxes in front of the house) as a negative feature.