Post # 1
We moved into a new development in June, we are the first out of 4 houses to move in. The other two moved in shortly after, the 4th house right next to us is still under construction. Since we have moved in, I have had to have 3 tires repaired. This morning I leave and get a flat tire in my BRAND NEW CAR!!!! 3 freaking days I have had it and have a flat tire!!!! My husband is pretty good with this stuff and said this tire isnt even repairable. The tire has under 100 miles on it! Im soooooo angry!
Has anyone ever lived in a new construction home and had anything like this happen to you? Were you able to go after the builder for the new tire? Its rediculous that I have already had to pay for 3 repairs and now a new $277 tire!
Post # 3
@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
@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
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.
Post # 6
Thank you everyone for the responses! This development is a little different then normal developments, we are on a shared driveway. one long road that’s considered a driveway then our own inlets to our houses. my house is the only house as far back as the last house they are working on. Every day there are trucks on my front lawn, pulled into my driveway, blocking the way into my house ect….They have huge tractors parked in my backyard! We paid right around the same as everyone else did for our house, and we knew this work would be going on but was told it would be done by the end of August. We are now looking at by December! My husband went out today and took pictures of the scrap metal, trash, nails, bolts and random tools that are laying out right in front of my house. If they try to deny it happened here I have some proof at least!
its hard to express my frustration with these builders with just talking about my tires because there is so much more but this is the icing on the cake that pushed me over the edge. They put my kitchen cabinets in crooked, nailed the handles in crooked, siding on the house is warping already, they built a ditch in my backyard that was suppose to be fenced they verbally told us it would be a chain linked fence or nicer they put up chicken wire!!! Let’s see what else…master bathroom leaked garage door broke the list goes on and on! At least all that stuff they have no choice but fixing my car especially a 3 day old tire with under 100 miles is killing me!