I don't care what type of house you buy or from whom, but have both a housing inspector AND an architectural engineer or a structural engineer inspect the house BEFORE closing. The first will show you the items that are visually seen; the second can tell you if your house was built structurally sound. Knowing what I know now I would NEVER and I say NEVER close unless all issues were resolved prior and I would NEVER purchase another house without having it thoroughly inspected (although I did have a housing inspector, he couldn't see the defects in the structure). It might cost me a bit, but it would be well worth the trouble.
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I would not recommend Pulte Homes. I personally had a nightmare experience with Pulte and others have emailed me various issues with Pulte Homes. First of all, their contracts are written heavily biased in their favor. I have had attorneys review their contracts and if you have any dispute with them it must go to a arbitration company called AAA arbitration. I was told by an attorney that the arbitration board can consist of members of the home building industry, so with a solid case the arbitration board can be biased in Pulte's favor. In addition, you have to be suspect of a company referring all of their arbitration cases to the same arbitration company. So if you have any issues with your home, you are already at a disadvantage with the company as soon as you sign the contract. Also if you lose in arbitration, you are liable for also paying Pulte's attorney fees. Next issue is the lending, the way the contract is written, if you use Pulte Mortgage(Pulte gives incentives to use Pulte Mortgage so they can further trap you) they issue a loan approval whether you are actually qualified for the loan or not, you are locked in and your earnest money is non refundable. I had one individual that contacted me that on his loan approval condition, he had to rent out his current home more than twice the average market rental, he could not rent out his home for this amount, could not get the loan and lost his earnest money. The contract is so vague if you don't qualify on the loan, they have a paragraph that you must make a good faith effort in obtaining financing. Well trying to decipher a good faith effort with attorney fees that may cost you in excess of $200/hr you may never define a good faith effort. Next is workmanship, Pulte uses a separate LLC for their lending division, and their building companies. So if you try to sue Pulte for workmanship it not only again goes to arbitration but also a separate LLC that they can easily shut down and move on and you may never get your repairs completed. Also Pulte is notorious for other unexpected surprises for you, including assessments that were never disclosed that you would be required to pay later down the road. Pulte keeps the top attorney firms on retainer, and will drag your claims out until you exhaust your resources in attorney fees that will exceed your damages that you are seeking. In addition, you may also have to pay their attorney fees if you lose. Do you really want to do business with this type of company?
Here are some articles for you, also I would do Google searches on Pulte and you will find some horrible stories regarding these folks.
Here are 2 unhappy KC buyers -
Now Pulte is pulling out of the same KC market! Hmmm, I wonder why, shutting down the LLC and skip out on making their repairs?
Testimonials of unhappy Pulte customers
I would not walk away from doing business with Pulte, I would run as fast as you can for the exit.
Yes, I have had similar problems with my second floor. I recall seeing something about Pulte is in a lawsuit over faulty trusses, let's hope this is not the problem. I also have a friend who bought a similar home in MH that is having many problems too....
I do notice the wind tends to come in through my windows seals...does anyone else have this problem?