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Old 04-10-2010, 04:28 PM
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I live in Georgia and we had our home built approx. 1 yr. 8 months ago.
The recent rains brought to my attention a couple of sink holes in my driveway bank and I discovered the culvert is collapsed around 50% in the middle and around 30% in 2 other places.
Does anyone know what my recourse is with the builder as far as my warranty is concerned? The 1 year has expired, however I heard there is a 10 year structural warranty. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:54 PM
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First, have you contacted the builder and discussed the problem with him?

Second, if the warranty does not make sense to you, and do they ever, then see a real estate attorney.

From the pics you have an expensive issue and most developers, especially in today's economy, are either out of business or are not going to come back and do any free work. And even if you win in court, you may still not get satisfaction.

Good luck with this.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:58 AM
Location: Acworth
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you are pretty much hosed. they wont address it unless it blocks the drainage (req by building code) or the whole thing collapses.

that's how they build in GA*. last year's rains caused 30k worth of damage to my yard. And after that was "repaired" after a lot of frustration it suffered another mudslide AND the driveway cracked, AGAIN. basically they patched their initially faulty work and just barely made it better. next flood, look at it all go again

i gave up. not like i can even sell it so why bother

* dump fill dirt/topsoil on a random spot at the steepest angle possible. under no circumstances are you to compact the fill dirt. dump some concrete on top. rebar is prohibited from being used. forget gravel. that's banned too. roll sod around. put for sale sign. profit. proceed to next site
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:45 PM
Location: Matamoras, PA
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Welcome to Georgia. That is the way they build. We had all kinds of problems with our new home, and know many other people with the problems. The houses look impresive, but the build quality is terrible.
Good luck, I hope you get somewhere, but I suspect that you could be screwed.
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