Wednesday, February 01, 2006

By the numbers...

In all of this, I have neglected to communicate the financial cost of using Dave Exline and the Three Little Pigs to build a house. Here is a very crude and incomplete breakdown of the additional costs and time incurred:

  • Three Little Pigs Construction Est. cost to build: Slightly under $400k
  • Actual cost to build: Over $500k
To be perfectly clear, in my opinion, this house could never have been built for the contracted price. A reading of this book would have helped in this case

A further breakdown of some of the costs
  • Cost to correct structural engineering per Patrick Marr Engineering Memo: over $10k
  • Reinstall windows correctly: over $7k
  • Install heating in Bedrooms and Baths: over $3.5k
  • Fix electrical: over $3.5k
  • Additional loan costs: over $20k.
In addition, there was the additional year it took to complete the house when you should be paying on the mortgage and not paying rent somewhere.

To be clear, Dave Exline would argue that all of these costs are overblown and that whoever gave those numbers overcharged. I find that strange in that the cost he estimated for installing heating in the bedrooms and bath was $1100 more than I had it done for.

In some respects, I actually consider myself lucky. I discovered most of the issues with Dave Exlines 'work' before it was closed in and covered up. Imagine if you will, discovering that you have no heating in your Master Bedroom and bath after you move in? Or maybe when you run your microwave and it trips your circuit breaker because the wrong wiring was used. The aforementioned issues are minor when compared to what could happen in a major earthquake with a roof system that was not built according to the Structural Engineers specification.

What I find sad and downright disturbing is that in the various lawsuits Dave Exline has had to defend himself against, some of these types of issues are alleged. These types of problems were also experienced by some of Dave Exlines former customers.

A lot of lessons have been learned. Not only on my part, by I am sure on Dave Exlines as well.

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