Comment 1833

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 30, 2006 at 11:27:44

I'd like to see some firm evidence that new house construction is shoddy. I've certainly seen/heard my fair share of evidence that it is.

My contractor in Dundas told me about how he'd have to leave his last job, building houses in one of the Dundas subdivisions.
"It was shoddy workmanship" he told me. He told me a story about how he was asked to keep painting over a damp patch in the basement, until the house was sold. The repair - to fix the damp problem properly - would have taken him half a day, he explained. But the builder wouldn't do it.

I also recall walking around downtown Hamilton with Trevor and checking out the outside of a new building. There was drywall tape protruding from the facade and the exterior coating was already coming away.

I understand that house builders margins are slim, but clearly our standards aren't what they used to be.


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