Name these builders you speak of. There are good and bad who you describe is a candidate for Holmes on Homes. Our new builder we're going with are quite reputable and we have many options to choose from - including brick colours, sidings and even the colours of the shingles. Also they won't allow 2 homes side by side to be identical on the same street.AudiDude wrote: ↑I don't know where the homes you speak of are anything made in the last 60 years easily has a garage. Asbestos? None in any homes I know of that are up to 60 years old.
Wires don't fail for no reason. They would have to be installed incorrectly which can and does happen in a new build. How would a wire "fail". As I mentioned, the garage is so small on new homes if you can get your car in it, you can't open the door to get out. Your kids can't play in the postage stamp sized yard, so they use the street which is annoying and dangerous. Tax amounts are specific to areas, but if the property is useless and for another $900 per year it can be useful, does that really matter?
You need to see how the homes are constructed to see what really goes on. I saw a guy do footings with the help of his 2 and 5 year old kids. Don't tell me they are qualified. I have been running wiring over ducting that you could move up to a foot either way with your hands. That will flex so much at the joints, so you know air is leaking out. Also once the person finishes the basement and the 50 cent furnace kick on with a bang ( variable speed furnaces that ramp up smoothly, are not available ) what kind of noise do you think that will make?
I've seen zig-zag plumbing drains before they hid it with the drywall. I witnessed the perpetually drunk guys that frequented the same pool hall as me install windows incorrectly. They used rotten wood found on the construction site and they cut it with chainsaws leaving gashes in the subflooring.
Hot water plumbed into toilets. Houses five feet shorter than they were supposed to be. Paved driveways that when I stepped on them sank 5 inches and them slowly rose back up ( paved over sponge I guess). Wavy walls. Bacon wave baseboards and door casings. Cheap carpet that feels like concrete.
Bottom line is, they are like you said. Thrown together like a product en masse from China , but with no discount. You dont get to pick the brick colour and I hate red.If you buy after it is built, you can see what you are getting before you pay. Old homes have garages and they have AC. BTW AC is not guaranteed to come with a new house, several friends and customers have had to add it afterwards. Also a paved driveway isn't guaranteed either.
If I buy a new home, you will see the kitchen for sale on Kijiji and me sistering the floor joists and boxing them so the floor doesn't flex when I put real tiles in.
New homes from smaller builders trying to get a good reputation or custom builds can give you a better home.