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Chimney That Nearly Falls Off House Is Not Insured

There are 9 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Jan 3, 2008, titled Chimney That Nearly Falls Off House Is Not Insured. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Imagine this scenario: You notice your chimney starting to separate from your home.

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askgees

Falls Church, VA

#1 Jan 3, 2008
I agree that this is not the builders problem. How ever. If a large percentage of the homes in this neighborhood have the same problem then it's possible that there's a deficiency. For Van Meter to dismiss this the way they did is a very bad decision on their part. In today's market it wouldn't take much to put them out of business. If people feel they build an inferior product they will avoid buying homes built by Van Meter. Good luck. Or good bye. LOL
momo

Richmond, VA

#2 Jan 3, 2008
18 yrs later is a long time to blame a builder! I do agree though, if
alot of TH are having similiar problems in that neighborhood, they might
have a case.
ABC

Falls Church, VA

#3 Jan 4, 2008
You build it you fix it. Insurance companies are going to make all the excuses possible not to pay, but they will take your money with a smile
News Junkie

Huntingtown, MD

#4 Jan 4, 2008
This is wake up call to all current and potential future Van Metre home owners. This company is run by crooks. I hope our legislature takes action on this.
mab

Washington, DC

#5 Jan 4, 2008
the county had to insp.the footer before the concret was pored
Smurf - VA

United States

#6 Jan 4, 2008
It's risky to purchase property no matter how much money you make or the kind of job you have. Hard working and honest people need and want a nice place to live. I too know you have to be financially prepared not only for the mortgage but any maintenance that comes with it. I really hope this woman can make a difference for other home buyers/owners. $24K is a lot of money to fork out along with all other monthly expenses.
Judy

Herndon, VA

#7 Jan 4, 2008
I feel if you have home owners insurance....IT SHOULD BE COVERED!!!! What a crock!

Since: Dec 07

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Jan 4, 2008
If you want builders to be held liable for things that go wrong with a home 18 years after it was built then be prepared for home prices to increase 300% or more. It is simply unreasonable to place the blame on the builder in this instance - seriously, how can anyone in any business guarantee no defects or problems for 18 years? Either the insurance company is at fault for poor service or the homeowner for not obtaining sufficient coverage.
ccr4930

Fort Washington, MD

#9 Jan 4, 2008
There seems to be a major problem that someone did not catch. Builder, County and Ins. should be liable.

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