Custom Homes, Green Building, Home Additions, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction
Alexandria, Arlington, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, DC (Washington), Falls Church, Great Falls, Mclean, North Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, South Kensington, Travilah, Tysons Corner
For the last 5 years, we have placed in the top two for Best Contractor and Residential Builder in the Washington City Paper's annual "Best of D.C." reader's poll. In 2006, we were selected as the resident GC for HGTV's syndicated network show "Design To Sell" for three consecutive seasons.
As a developer, you contracted AllenBuilt to remove the pool, finish the basement, repair exterior trim, remodel the kitchen and bath, and install an exterior deck. The basement leak you speak of occurred once the project was complete and we were no longer on site. It was very obvious that leaves had clogged the basement areaway drain causing flooding. Clearing drains is basic property maintenance that falls on the property owner. We can understand how this happened considering you live in another part of the country and likely unable to visit the property regularly while you were preparing to sell it. Maintaining the property once the scope of work was complete was never discussed with us.
In regards to the open permit, you instructed us not spend the money to properly permit the project, but we helped you secure the permit when the County required it. You had to sign an affidavit that allowed us to pull permits for you, so you were fully aware of the them. You then put the house on the market as we were completing the work without notifying AllenBuilt, and while a significant outstanding balance remained. Being in the industry, you are aware that selling the home to someone else takes away the primary recourse we have for unpaid debt. This action was intended to not have to settle the final balance owed to us. If the final balance had simply been fulfilled then surely we could have completed our scope of the permitting process.
We take great pride in thoroughly following through in all that we do. Unfortunately, the relationship had degraded to the point that we were no longer had access to the project and therefore could not meet the inspector to complete. In the end, we were able to reach a settlement and you met with the inspector to final the permit.