Living in a new development…problems!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Leonard2B:  I work in construction and drive through these new community developments every day. I only get a flat maybe 1-3 times a year. It is drilled into everyone that care must be taken with stray nails. Also they should soon start street sweeping, but since it is only the four homes they might be delaying that to save money. 

First thing first, make them aware that this is a problem. They wont change if no one complains. E-mail the developer (not the builder, unless they’re both the developer and home builder) copies of your repair/new tire receipts, see if your neighbours are having similar problems, and tell them they need to either street sweep, or at the very least manually sweep at the end of every work day. 

I don’t know about getting compensation for expenses you’ve already incurred, because this is usually considered part and parcel of new developments. After the first phase is finished, they’re going to jack up prices for others looking to buy there. The trade off for cheaper/land home in the first phase is having to put up with the construction BS. And, ugh, I’m sorry to say there is more to come. 

Now going forward, after you’ve demanded they take greater care in maintaining the roads, you have every right to ask for compensation. You’ve alerted them to the issue, and if it continues after they’ve had a chance to get on top of sweeping, you may very well have a case for compensation. 

You could also get tires that are resistant to nail punctures, but of course they cost more. They might be worth it, but hard for me to say. If you’re running late for work and stressing over whether you’re going to wake up to another flat tomorrow, it might be worth the peace of mind. I’ve heard a lot of good things about those kind of tires. 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Leonard2B:  I don’t know that you’ll be compensated but it’s worth letting them know to be more careful. FWIW i have had 6 flat tires in the past 4 months! I don’t live in new construction r anything. Just bad luck I suppose! Most of them happened after I got brand new tires too. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I live in a new development and recently had this exact issue. Nail in my tire. There’s no real way to prove that you got it from the house in question, so really I doubt you’d be able to get any sort of compensation. I would definitely let them know you got a nail in your tire, but I wouldn’t expect anything in return because like I said, there’s a billion different ways to get a nail or a screw in your tire.

Where I’m at it’s even more questionable it came from the houses since we live off of a cleanup route that has dump trucks moving the debris from our two tornadoes, so there’s no telling where I picked mine up.

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