Pulte Homes Gets Lemons Delivered by Construction Workers

Workers, Homeowners

Deliver Lemons to Pulte Exec

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by James Parks, Mar 26, 2009

A Pulte Homes executive got a special delivery this morning, when 50 angry workers and supporters dropped lemons in front of him at a state board meeting. The workers and homeowners in three western states say buyers should beware before they purchase a home built by Pulte or its subsidiaries.

The protest at the Nevada Contractor Review Board meeting in Las Vegas came on the same day that Building Justice released a report that shows nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of respondents to a survey of owners of homes built by Pulte and its Del Webb subsidiary reported their homes had construction defects. Building Justice is a partnership comprised of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA), the AFL-CIO, community members, Pulte homeowners and elected officials to improve conditions at Pulte developments.

Ironically, the contractor review board investigates complaints of poor construction workmanship. Some homeowners expressed outrage that Pulte Homes is represented on a board entrusted with ensuring quality construction within Nevada’s building industry.

The workers also announced they had revamped their website, www.poorlybuiltbypulte.info, to allow homeowners to tell their stories about poor work by Pulte and Del Webb. The site enables homeowners to complete a survey and keep up with the latest news about Pulte, as well as links to services across the country where dissatisfied homeowners can seek relief.

The report, “Poorly Built by Pulte, No Different at Del Webb,’” is based on surveys of 872 Pulte and Del Webb homeowners from Nevada, Arizona and California. According to the report, another 43 percent of respondents reported they would not buy another Pulte or Del Webb home.

The homeowners claimed defects with nearly every aspect of home construction: foundation, roofing, electrical, stucco, air conditioning, windows, plumbing, drywall, painting among others. Click here to read the full report.

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CLICK HERE TO READ the “POORLY BUILT BY PULTE” WEBSITE, FROM “BUILDING JUSTICE”.