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Old 08-11-2012, 04:56 AM
Location: D.C.
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So, here's my deal in a nutshell: new house of first two phases. Builder cut corners with the yard. Specifically picking up the rocks from the back yard that they put there from digging out the foundation for the basement. They basically graded at the "bobcat" level and then rolled the sod, leaving many bumps and dips. Some these rocks are the size of grapefruits and even footballs. Now, the grass is dying in those spots. They even did this for what is now the playground, where we are picking rocks out that are starting to punch through the sod.

About 30 of us are effected by this, and have all complained. The builder has come back by and dug some of the rocks out of the playground and one of the yards, but like an idiot, they didn't backfill the holes with dirt, leaving pit marks everywhere.

They're now in phase 2, and we can all see that they're correcting this error with the new phases, making sure all the rocks are up and fresh topsoil is put down before the sod is rolled.

Builder is telling us he'll send his guys to each house in phase one for only 3 hours of digging out rocks that they left behind.

They're solution to fixing phase 1 simply isn't cutting it. Many of us are considering legal action. Many of us can't understand how Loudoun County inspectors would allow this to pass (these are real ankle twisters waiting to happen). Anyone have any insight to this kind of situation?
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:09 AM
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Have you checked what the code is? I can't imagine there is code about how a yard is leveled and sodded. But maybe.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:08 AM
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I think that what you have experienced is pretty common with some builders. I don't see how there are any legal consequences of such actions though. With the building sure, but the landscaping, I highly doubt it. Perhaps having a meeting with the builder and the landscaper (I assume they are separate) to work together to fix the deficiencies may work better than any letter for an attorney (assuming any want to take this on and the residents with this issue want to pay the legal fees) as that usually shuts down any resolution quick.

Frankly, my understanding is that if someone steps on your lawn and twists their ankle, that the liability is yours, not the developer, builder, or landscaper. I would try to keep this civil if I were you. Otherwise, it may be years of back and forth and possible court battles that will in my opinion, fail to resolve the issue.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:18 PM
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Rocks in yard are ap somewhat easy thing to fix. I would be far more concerned that it might indicate he took short cuts inside the house too.
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