Jefferson, CO (PressExposure) March 16, 2011 -- People building new homes encounter a wide range of problems when they are not on-site frequently enough during construction. Homeowners confirm that without someone routinely on-site during the project, unidentified yet preventable problems can translate into costly and project-delaying do-overs during construction, or expensive fixes for homeowners years later. A new home building support services business in Park County, Colorado - Property Owners Support Services Enterprises LLC, a.k.a. South Park POSSE, addresses the market need defined by experiences homeowners have shared with the company's owner, Mark M. Conway.
Absentee owners can learn the hard way that building a home without frequent visits to the site can lead to hidden mistakes that result in costly problems years later. Problems cited by a small group of homeowners include: wooden columns rotting away because regular lumber was used instead of treated lumber; paint peeling off porch railings because they were never primed; an entire floor of ceramic tiles coming loose because the concrete slab was never properly cleaned prior to installation; flooding due to improper grading and inadequate provisions for drainage; and light fixtures installed without electrical boxes - a code violation.
Owners building homes who frequently visit their construction sites understand the value of knowing what goes on there. They mention problems prevented because they were there to catch the mistakes. Near-miss installations of all kinds are a common problem - an undersized boiler; standard instead of low-flow toilets; the wrong model storm door; too small of a water heater; the wrong style of bathtub; the wrong color roofing shingles; windows, shower heads, and bathroom mirrors set at the wrong height; a septic tank in the wrong location; and a utility trench that was unnecessarily long because it was in the wrong place.
In Park County, Colorado, in 2006-2008, 67% of new single family dwelling building permits were issued to Colorado Front Range and out-of-state residents according to Park County Building Department monthly reports. For many property owners who own land in Park County but do not live in the area, visiting the construction site often during home building is not a practical option. To help avoid costly problems associated with absentee-owner home construction projects, South Park POSSE offers Construction Progress Monitoring services. Regular site visits coupled with email, phone, and written reports keep owners informed of on-site activity. Digital photos relayed electronically to owners allow them to see for themselves what is going on.
Homeowners acknowledge that, during construction of their new homes, being on-site frequently - either themselves or through a surrogate, is important in avoiding costly and preventable home construction problems.