Now this isn't a major thing, believe me every morning/night when I watch the news and see what is going on in the world, my issue is nothing but thought it was worth mentioning.
Background: moved into this house two years ago. Brand new house, never lived in before. Pretty reputable builder, building maybe 60 homes a year. Finishes a notch up from the regular new home builder. So all in all good.
To save us money we decided to finish of the majority of the basement ourselves. For various reasons we did not catch these issues when we did our walk through before we moved in.
1. Problem: basement window frames sticking out further than the drywall. Remedy: saw and sand off excess and re-attach original window trim. (on a side note the frames are made of MDF, do you know how much mess that makes when sanding it?)
2. Problem; a/c making a horrendous noise on the weekend.
Remedy: to figure out what was going on, we needed to take off the panel from the front off the furnace. Do you see the black and copper pipes in the furnace? The lazy technicians put them going through the front panel making it almost impossible to take the front panel off??? It is working now as dh tightened all screws and no more noise. We don't think we have solved the problem, but until something else happens it's fine.
3. Problem: Hardwood floor squeaking in the dining room. The installers did not put the "nails" correctly so they squeak against the beam below.
Remedy: Dh installed shims on the beam to put a barrier between the beam and the nails. Builder's remedy, jump up and down on the fall, to see if it will stop squeaking..........
4. Problem: Trim around doors cut too short, so gap filled with DAP. This is so sloppy what they did.
Remedy: Well to remedy this problem means taking all the trim off and putting new trim up. Not sure what we will do. If I knew this was our forever home I would replace it all, but it isn't so will have to think about this.
5. Problem: driveway stones (interlock stones) loose due to water coming down the downspout onto the side of the driveway. Builder been told about this and has done nothing to remedy the situation.
Remedy: Redirect the downspout. Relay the stones and everything would be good. With being in a "Condo situation," we are not supposed to touch anything outside but something has to be done?
In the scheme of things none of these issues are major, but getting down to the nitty gritty of it all, if the workmen had done a correct job in the first place none of these things should have happened (other than the furnace.) They were taking short cuts and didn't care about the finished products.
Anyway, just thought I'd mention this and warn other's, just because you buy a brand new home, doesn't mean it won't have it's problems.