I wanted to know if a real estate agent would be willing to work for me now to find a new house before I break my contract with the builder.
And the issues are both structural and cosmetic. The constant fixing of errors is not something that makes me feel better about purchasing a new home.
I think the answer to your question depends on a few things. First of all you should get what you are paying for first and foremost.
I am not sure of the building codes in your area but if they are strongly enforced you can believe with REASONABLE certainty that home is structurally sound. That being said, are your issues structural or are they cosmetic? Are they putting walls in the wrong place? You have to ask yourself, if it is cosmetic or "things" are in the wrong place then that could be communication deficiency from the office to the field guys . That doesn't mean the house will not be well built it just means the builder needs some orginizational training.
I'm not sure a Realtor would want to get involved at this point of the transaction, but an attorney would be your best option anyway. You may ask the builder before you move in to have the home inspected by a local home inspector.
Consider taking your contract to a local real estate attorney.
Your attorney will be able to advise you on how to handle this within the terms of your and your builder's written obligations and protect Your best interests.
Best of luck
The foundation for the house was poured incorrectly in two places, the concrete company did not take into account modifications to the plans. The mistakes were not noted until I notified the builder. Subsequently, one mistake was corrected (the one I let them know about, the other was not apparent to me or them until the walls were built). If I was in charge of the house, they have someone whose job it is to monitor homes under construction, and someone told me that the foundation was wrong in one place, I would check the other place that I knew had been changed. However, they didn't (maybe this poor guy is responsible for 20+ houses but it does not change his job description) and therefore the framing guys came out and framed the house and so a foot and a half portion of an outer wall was hanging over empty air. This was also not realized until I informed them of the problem. Within a mere week, they managed to fit 2 2x4's (stacked on top of each other) under the wall to make sure the wall was ok until it was fixed.
I was out of town for a week when they called and notified the problem would be fixed by removing the 2x4's, prepping the area with bonding agent, inserting rebar, and puring concrete. They asked if I could come by the house to go over the issue. I said "No, Im out of town." The problem was fixed that afternoon, and the sheetrock and brick were installed the next morning effectively sealing up any way to look at the repair. However, my wife was in town and that evening went by and noticed that the 2x4's were left under the outside wall and concrete was poured into the void behind the wood. The outer wall at the bottom is the 2x4's covered by the brick facade. I contacted the builder and asked "Why was it not fixed in the manner that you described to me 2 days ago as the right way?" They stated that when the concrete guys arrived at the job to fix the problem, they determined that removing the 2x4's would be too much extra work because the 2x4's were supporting the wall fine. My concern then and confirmed by the builder was this was the same company that was responsible for pouring the foundation wrong in the first place, either through their own incompetence, sheer negligence, or they were too lazy to look at the plans. I have an issue when you let someone fix their own mistake and let them make an executive decision regarding the manner in which it was repaired based on which way was easier. His statement was that the concrete company got to the job site and determined that it would be easier for them to fix it this way. I am not in a home construction related field and therefore have no idea if this can cause any issues, but when I am told "This is how it will be done because it is the right way" and the plan is changed by the company who messed up in the first place because another way would be easier and does not even have to consult with someone like the builder, then I have to assume it was not done the right way because this way was more expedient.
I understand that some people might not see this as an issue because it was addressed, but in my field if I am providing something to someone, it better be right.
My viewpoint currently is that if I am seeing these issues having never built a house before, what am I not seeing. I have huge issues with the person/company selling me a house saying "This might not look like its a good idea, but I promise its perfectly fine." There are examples in Tarrant County where mistakes by the builder have lead to neighborhood wide problems with the quality of a house (particularly the foundation) and I don't want to be responsible for trying to pursue legal action against a company that might be bankrupt within 6 months .
Interesting situation..... you really need to have your Realtor or the attorney you used when you signed the contract look at it to tell you what your options are. I think normally most builders will work with you to come to some kind of peaceful resolution to your concerns. What has degraded your confidence? Seems like most of the tract builders can build a house in 4 months, so I wouldn't think they were too far along in the process. Has work started? If it hasn't now would be the time to tell them. The further they are in the process the less compromise they can make. Your Realtor can walk you through some of the things that you may be uncomfortable with---maybe they apply to every builder in the area. Please understand I am not supporting the builder in any way.... there are some builders better than others, but sometimes even the best builders can make plenty of mistakes. I mean how many thousands of houses have we built....how many times has the frame been built, the electric and the plumbing been put in, but still we see plenty of red tags from the city building inspectors and every single new house I've sold and done an inspection on has a laundry list of items to fix before occupancy. You might want to take a quick look at my website under the new home section. If there's any way we can help you please feel free to give us a call at 214-675-6992
I'll be happy to assist you.