Monday, February 25, 2013

Holes in roof, going on 4 months.

So I reported to Pulte that I found multiple cuts in the roof when I went up for the first time post closing back in late November 2012. I took some photos and was told they were repaired. I foolishly believed them. I went back up in January and the tears were still there. I was told they were going to be fixed, but they still aren't fixed.

I think I made them pretty obvious. I'd love to know what the guys were doing on my roof if they weren't repairing the cuts/tears. I'd say they're marked pretty clearly. I doubt there's much coming in through the tears, but they should really be fixed by now. Actually, they shouldn't be there at all.

So, if you're buying in Potomac Yard, make sure you're thoroughly checking your roof.

Feb 26th, 2013 - update they fixed the issue!  Yay, only 3 months!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Who ordered the Fridge? Oops!

So it took three visits from Whirlpool to get our fridge working correctly after move in. It took about two months to get the fridge working correctly. I couldn't help but chuckle when I saw some of the new homes that look like they'll be going to closing by the end of the month. I assume Pulte put these plain jane vanilla fridges in the homes to meet the needs of inspection and closing with the nicer Kitchen Aid coming later in the process.

One piece of advice I have for new buyers, get it all in writing. I didn't even get to see a cleaned home prior to going to close. I have scratches on appliances that I couldn't see because they were covered in dust when I headed to the closing table. The scratched appliance I did notice was the fridge door. Whirlpool replaced that door, and was nice enough to put just a little bend in the stainless.

Little fridge, big hole!

Oh Pulte, you're hilarious!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet Service Visit #5

So today we have the cabinet guy in from Surburban Kitchens to fix cabinet problems that we've had since we closed back in September. They showed up with 25% of the doors they were supposed to replace, again. I'm beginning to wonder if they're just trying to wear us down.

The worst door in the kitchen this this one:

The most amazing part is they tried to put some wax stuff on it so it looks like the cabinet door was slimed a la Ghost Busters.

The other issue we've noticed with the cabinets is that the handles were not counter sunk in accordance with the instructions from Armstrong Cabinets.

Door Hardware
NOTE: Don't allow screw heads from door hardware to scratch face frames. To avoid this, countersink screw heads so they can't strike face frame.

Not counter sinking the screws for the handles has resulted in damage to the cabinet frames. This is especially noticeable on the Lazy Susan, but we're seeing less intense marking on other cabinets after only 5 months.

Lazy Susan Marking
Normal Cabinet Marking
If you own in Potomac Yard, you'll want to keep an eye out for this, as scratching and marking is excluded from Pulte's Warranty. The installer said that in other developments they counter sink the screws, but in Potomac Yard, they only counter sink the screws for the Lazy Susan. Seems like an odd way to cut costs to me.

Here's another image of the kind of cabinet door problems we've had since install:

Here's a photo that shows how the marking is happening on the frames from the screws attaching the door handles:

Supposedly the frame is getting fixed today. I'm curious to see how that is going to be done. My guess is more filler wax. I'm a big fan of fixing things correctly, and I don't really consider wax, correct.

Another issue that I noticed over the past few months is a cabinet that is in crooked. It never looked right to me, but I couldn't pin point it. The problem is that cabinet is installed crooked when compared to the island top.
The left side sits 1/2" back, the right is 7/8" back.
The cabinet guys say it's that the island is built crooked, so if the face of the cabinet was flush, the back would have a gap.

I should start sending Pulte the bill for my vacation time, perhaps if there was a consequence for not getting it right the 5th time, there wouldn't be a 6th time.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Environmental Impact UPDATE

I found this presentation this morning and it's a Jan 30th update on the Potomac Yard Metro Rail Environmental Impact Statement work that has been ongoing.  Looks like they've updated the key dates:

Draft EIS Complete - Slips to May 2013 from Jan 2013
Public hearing - Slips from Feb 2013 to June 2013
City Determination of Local Preferred Alternative: Slips from Mar-May 2013 to July-Sept 2013
Begin Design/Build: Slips from Mid 2014 to Late 2014
Station Opening: Slips from Late 2016 to Mid 2017

Of course "No Build" is still an option, but that would significantly reduce the area's designed population density. If I had to guess today, I think Alternative B will be chosen. The tax revenues on slide 31 shows $6.8M in tax revenues for Alt B. Alt A only gets a $3.6M in tax revenue. With the City's budget pressures Alt B, although more expensive will allow higher density and increase tax revenues. I think Alt D is just ridiculous and would totally change the character of Alexandria. I don't think residents want to live in Tyson's Corner with elevated metro tracks. I know I don't.

Nice write up by WTOP about the debate surrounding the Potomac Yard Metro Station.