House stress

25 Jul

The house we are living in is less than two years old. We watched it being built, even taking pictures and video as the project went along. In parts it was very impressive and we felt the builders were excellent, but as the project began winding down, we became less and less impressed…and more and more concerned. Sure, it is understandable that as the project was coming to a close, the builders were ready to move on to new projects. But our project was still important to us, and we felt we were being tossed aside.

We never got fulfillment of a final to-do list, which was to be handled about a year after we moved in. Drywall repairs that were supposed to be handled never got taken care of because the builder’s drywall people never called us back. Months went by and we finally just had to let it go because of my illnesses. Issues that cropped up, we brought them to the builder’s attention and were told it wasn’t a problem or it wasn’t covered. Or the “fix” was pretty much a waste of our time and didn’t actually fix the problem.

Our upstairs closets are hot. That isn’t right. The builder told us that closets aren’t “conditioned” so that’s why they seem warmer. That isn’t right, but we got blown off. A vent in our master bathroom shower area gets condensation on it, which someone came in to fix and it didn’t work. We still have condensation on the vent, even when we’re not showering. Two of our upstairs bathrooms have no air/heat vent in them. We were told it was because they only put vents on outside walls and those two rooms are not on any outside wall…unfortunately that means those two rooms are warm and humid. Who wants to break into a sweat in the summer when you are brushing your teeth? It’s like the closets…how do you put your clothes in a closet and then have the closet get so hot that the clothes get musty and (potentially) moldy? We checked with the a/c guy last summer who said we could pay him and he’d come in and add the vents into those two bathrooms, that the current ventilation system could handle it. But he wouldn’t do it during the summer…and we forgot over the fall/winter because of me being sick. Now it’s hot out again and both of those bathrooms? There’s black stuff dotting the ceiling around the exhaust vents. WTF is that? I’m freaking out because I think it’s mold. Hub things it’s dirt being spit out of the exhaust fans, but it looks like mold.

I’m thinking our attic is not ventilated properly…because we don’t have these heat problems on the main level of the house. The powder room down there doesn’t have an air/heat vent, and it seems okay temperature-wise. This house was not an inexpensive investment…nor was our builder a cheap builder. So WTF, what is going on? And do we call the a/c & vent people or roofing people or plumbing people? And of course the warranty is gone, so we’re going to have to fork over cash for this shit…

Arg. I’m so stressed out over this. The bathroom is so gross with that crap on the ceiling. Blech.


Posted by on July 25, 2013 in anxiety, stress


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5 responses to “House stress

  1. joeyfullystated

    July 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I feel for you. We built a house in 2000. In 2001, we had our list ready for the warranty repairs, and no, not one person called us back, and not one thing on that list was done. I didn’t have the mold issues, but nonetheless, part of the thing about building a new house, is that it should be PERFECT, and under warranty.
    I would guess you’re right and it is mold. A little mold won’t hurt, but I’d suggest two things; leave the closets open this summer and buy some Damp-Rid (found at laundry sections with moth balls, in the superstores, cheap and effective.) Having open closets would drive me crazy, but it will at least keep your clothes from molding.
    Once we left our brand-new house, we bought a home built in 1962. It had a basement, and I had a lot of Damp Rid in the nooks and crannies of that basement.

    Now, I will say, while we’ve been living with my in-laws these past few months, I’ve seen houses in this neighborhood get one new roof after another. These houses are not cheap, and they were only built 7-8 years ago! There are a LOT of problems with their roofing, decking, and ventilation.
    I’d say get some estimates from all of the above, and then also find a reputable general contractor for an estimate. Hopefully you have enough equity in your house to make the repairs feasible.

    SO sorry, and good luck, my friend!

    • meANXIETYme

      July 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      Yeah, the thing is, because we had the house built we figured it would be perfect. It’s the expectation that new = perfect, which is so far from the truth it ain’t funny. On the other hand, after re-reading our contract, we found out SOME of our systems are still under warranty with the builder (2 years, apparently, and we are a few months under that). UNfortunately, the builder is a prick and I kind of suspect they’re going to try to wiggle out from taking care of this. *sigh*

      We do have Damp-Rid going down into our basement where it always smells a little moist, and it definitely works. Hadn’t thought to put it in the closets because it was the heat I was worried about, not moisture. But I get what you’re saying and I’m going to give it a shot. And yeah, having open closet doors DOES drive me crazy, but it’s better than losing clothes to mold…or having mold growing in the closet!

      The heating and a/c guy came this morning and said he would recommend putting vents in those bathrooms. The builder said he’d get back to us, but told us to go clean the ceilings ourselves with bleach to get rid of the mold in the meantime. Yeah, just what I wanted to do! I REALLY want them to come pull the drywall out and re-do it, and then paint the ceilings with semi-gloss (they used flat paint in all the bathrooms, which we’d NEVER seen before…always semi-gloss in the bathrooms because of moisture!). ARG.

      Thanks for the good thoughts. I’m going to try to get the hub to clean those ceilings as best we can this weekend. The stuff up there just grosses me out.

      • joeyfullystated

        July 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        It is disappointing. Bleaching the ceilings, whatta chore!

        I hope you’ll get some of it rectified for free.
        We painted almost all of our new/not-perfect house, because it, too, had flat paint throughout. To have it painted otherwise was several thousand dollars. They don’t want you to see the errors in the drywall = flat paint. Mmhm.

      • meANXIETYme

        July 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Yeah, not only do they not want you to see the MANY errors in drywall (much of which is cracking on the ceiling, or the tape showing), but our builder also spray painted the entire interior. He refused to allow us to pick a dark-ish (medium tone beige) color because it would make it too hard for them to go back over the moldings (which would have overspray) with white paint. And they also painted the ceilings the same crappy light color as the walls to save them even more time and money. It was just ridiculous. This was a freaking custom builder…yet they pretty much said “pick from these three paint colors” which were white, mostly white, and yellow-ish beige. They didn’t even offer to do custom paint colors for more $$ (which we didn’t have anyway!).

        My husband hates to (and refuses to) paint and we can’t afford to have someone come in and paint, so we’re stuck with the yellow-ish beige. And with my shoulder and back and knees and..well, my body in general, I can’t really paint much on my own. So we’re stuck at the moment.

      • joeyfullystated

        July 27, 2013 at 11:55 pm



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