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Old 07-23-2019, 01:59 PM
 
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Hi! My husband and I are considering building a house with Highland Homes in the Leander area. Has anyone here had any experience building with them before and could let us know if they had a good experience? Do you have any recommendations for things we should look out for with them so we don't get caught off guard? Any advice would be helpful since this is such a big decision!!
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Old 07-26-2019, 02:24 AM
 
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highland homes have a good reputation where we are, as far as i know
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:40 AM
 
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Many posters here have commented that buying with a specific builder doesn't guarantee a well built home, and I am now a believer in that thought. We are under contract for a home and just completed the inspection. The inspector said the home was built so well that he was having problems finding things wrong with it. Our realtor chimed in claiming it was because the builder was known for the quality of workmanship, and the inspector immediately corrected her. He said he has found problems with homes from every builder (and he had inspected other homes with the same builder as ours and had 5+ pages of notes). His comment was it is totally dependent on the supervisor of the home being built (not necessarily the builder). He said some supervisors have a real attention to detail and have quality subcontractors they use. Others do not. I guess a case could be made that certain builders have better supervisors, but I doubt there's really much rhyme or reason to it. And if you look at reviews for most builders, you see mostly one star ratings as people that love their homes seldom leave reviews (you're mostly just getting people that are angry about workmanship problems).

Admittedly, the home we are purchasing is a couple of years old and the inspector said we hit a sweet spot as the original owner probably had any defects taken care of with the new home warranty (and we are the beneficiaries of that).
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Old 07-29-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Many posters here have commented that buying with a specific builder doesn't guarantee a well built home, and I am now a believer in that thought. We are under contract for a home and just completed the inspection. The inspector said the home was built so well that he was having problems finding things wrong with it. Our realtor chimed in claiming it was because the builder was known for the quality of workmanship, and the inspector immediately corrected her. He said he has found problems with homes from every builder (and he had inspected other homes with the same builder as ours and had 5+ pages of notes). His comment was it is totally dependent on the supervisor of the home being built (not necessarily the builder). He said some supervisors have a real attention to detail and have quality subcontractors they use. Others do not. I guess a case could be made that certain builders have better supervisors, but I doubt there's really much rhyme or reason to it. And if you look at reviews for most builders, you see mostly one star ratings as people that love their homes seldom leave reviews (you're mostly just getting people that are angry about workmanship problems).

Admittedly, the home we are purchasing is a couple of years old and the inspector said we hit a sweet spot as the original owner probably had any defects taken care of with the new home warranty (and we are the beneficiaries of that).

Couldn't me more true! As only one example I performed final inspections on two homes by the same reported reputable builder, exact same design, exact same development, a couple of months apart, two different Build Supervisors, there was a significant difference! One Supervisor had such an eye for detail and the other...well I don't know what happened there. I did the better one after the other and cringed when I signed that second contract. When I got on site it was such a pleasure to inspect that second home! I've encountered this same situation plenty of times even with the area's Builder(s) with less reputation.


The Building Supervisor makes a significant impact and difference on the home's build!
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The Building Supervisor makes a significant impact and difference on the home's build!
Does hiring a buyers inspector make a significant difference in the process? Appreciate your insight
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Old 08-12-2019, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Does hiring a buyers inspector make a significant difference in the process? Appreciate your insight

Yes a good Inspector can help make a very large difference. There are various items to know and be prepared for to make this happen.
  • There are only three people/groups that have the ability to ensure the Builder performs their job to the required standards for building; the builder themselves, the local City performing any building permit oversight, and the buyer since they have a contract with the Builder to properly build the home. Your Inspector has absolutely no authority over a Builder. The Inspector's job is to seek and properly report on deficiencies in the build. The properly written report is your documentation to approach the builder.
  • You need an Inspector that is willing to take all the time necessary to perform a through inspection to find the deficiencies.
  • You need an Inspector that quotes the various building codes, other standards, and the material/system manufacturer requirements for the installation and use for their materials/systems. Builder's do not care about an Inspector's "opinion" in their reports. However if your Inspector is properly citing the required building standards it becomes more than their "opinion".
  • The buyer needs to be ready to press the Builder to either correct deficiencies noted or have the Builder provide written responses with sane reasoning why a specific issue will not be addressed. Part of pressing the Builder is for the buyer to be ready to address issues with the local permitting authority if the Builder chooses to ignore issues found. The local building authority ultimately works for the buyer and has the authority to stop the build and force the Builder to perform.
One of the major benefits overlooked so many times with having an inspection is what happens if the Builder ultimately does not correct a deficiency that later leads to problems. The inspection and report are now your documentation to pursue the Builder if it comes to that.


If you have any specific questions please feel free to ask away.
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