11-22-2012 11:00 PM
11-23-2012 09:47 AM
You should've gotten it in writing. How much deposit will you lose? Would you be able to fix the slope on your own and is that cost less than the deposit? I am suprised the builder doesn't want to work with you on regarding,.
11-27-2012 06:26 AM
You said you wanted this yard for your kids. Have you taken your kids over to the house to see it and see how they like it. I am no kid but I remember having a yard with a big slope and loved it in the winter for sliding down and loved it in the summer for tumbling down. If you like the house and the only issue is the slope of the yard, take a deep breath and ask yourself if a yard is what is really what is making you want to step away from this contract
11-27-2012 07:20 AM
We had about 40ft of backyard, but only 25ft was flat. I addressed the issue with the builder and they were so defensive about it--and told us it was our fault if we didn't check the lot prior signing contract. However, the foreman agrees verbally to give us 30ft of flat surface. We were fine with it--But then Sandy hit and washed away some of our backyard. We addressed the issue again and they said they were going to regrade it so we have 30ft--well half of the backyard was 30ft and the other half is 18ft which is unacceptable to us
I am not certain I understand your situation? You said the entire back yard is 40 ft, then how is 30 ft and 18 ft half and half?
11-27-2012 12:36 PM
Some builders provide a site plan at time of contract that may or may not showing the grading plan and the purchaser signs off on it. I'm assuming that this exhibit wasn't included in your contract package. If you want to get out of your contract and don't have anything in writing, it will be diffficult to prove your point. However, sounds like you bought it at least a few months ago, if not longer and prices are increasing. If you didn't make any non-marketable upgrades to the house, the builder may make more money by putting it on the market and reselling it. If they are retaining your deposit, you could consider writing an addendum that says the builder will return the deposit or a portion of it, if they can resell the home within an agreed to time period.
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