CBH homes, are they really bad builder or just average

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readytobuy

Boise, ID

#1 Jan 29, 2007
I am in the market for buying a house to live in. After searching around, I have narrowed myself down to CBH homes in the SW Boise area (near the airport). I just like the general forum's opinion about the quality of their homes.

I am more concerned about the structural integrity of the house. Such things as plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems/materials that he use. Do they last only few years and need to be replaced or do they last a long time? I am not too concerned about the aestetics of the inside, such things as cabinets or granite countertops and such. I just want to know the quality of the "guts" of the CBH houses.

Are they also being bought out/bankrupt or is that just rumors from competitors who are jealous of their clout in Idaho.

Any comment is appreciated. Their properties prices are a steal, comparing to the general market at the moment.
Coffee Is Yummy

AOL

#2 Jan 31, 2007
I am thinking about purchasing one of their homes too and I'd love to get some input. Thanks!
readytobuy

Boise, ID

#3 Feb 12, 2007
I guess no one replied to my message. So I reply to myself. From other feedback I got, nothing is wrong with CBH. Everything is average. People recommend me to buy it if the price range is suitable. Resale is not bad and rental is great for it. Most people recommend it as a starter home. However, I eventually bought a Aspen Homes Built home in the SW vicinity. They are slightly better than CBH. Material and ceiling height is just slightly better. I would have bought a CBH had I not gotten a sweet deal on this Aspen Home just down the street.

Good luck.

Since: Feb 07

AOL

#4 Feb 21, 2007
Thanks for the information... I'm glad you got a great deal. I hope I find one too. :)
Jose M

Boise, ID

#5 Jun 17, 2007
CBH Homes is an excellent builder. I am on my second CBH Home and highly recommend it to anyone out there. The first home I bought was a resale and have never had any problems with it. The second one is brand new and I love going home to it after work. I did have a couple of minor items, but their Warranty department took care of them in no time at all. Hope this works...
Bob Maluga

New York, NY

#6 Jun 20, 2007
From what I've seen they are crap. Notice they changed from calling the company Corey Barton Homes, to CBH. The advantage is that they are cheap. So if money is your biggest motivator, fine. If quality is more important, go elsewhere.
Jeff

Long Beach, CA

#7 Jun 20, 2007
I have owned a CBH home for 14 months. I too had the same concerns before buying. Too this day I have had nothing go wrong with the house. Working in the construction industry I have seen much worse. People think that just because they build so much of them so fast that they must be put together shotty. Anyone ever hear of the assembly line. Quite a major invention I think. Also, remember they must pass all codes and inspections just like any other builder. I think you will find a great home at a great price. Good Luck!
A CBH buyer

Boise, ID

#8 Jul 7, 2007
Be aware Jose M is a CBH seller! He works at the Caldwell Sales Center. Call and verify. I have had nothing but trouble with my CBH home. After I get done dealing with them, I will come out and tell you all the nasty tricks they are using. They will tell you anything including downright lies to get you to buy. Shop around, you will see the difference.
Corey is joke

Meridian, ID

#9 Jul 7, 2007
Don't purchase a CBH property. They are going tits up shortly. I won't purchase a house from a dude that started out mowing lawns and then starts framing cheap houses that won't last 20 years. Shoot, his subs can't even tile a straight line, no pride there.
Hubble is no better

Boise, ID

#10 Jul 7, 2007
Never owned a CBH, but it is in the same category as Hubble Homes. Doesn't CBH stand for crappy build homes? Our HH (horrible house), was build on the wrong part of the lot and we had to continuously keep on top of the builders to get the thing done. That and they hire the cheapest labor possible = poor work. Yeah they look like a house, but I would never buy one again. If nothing else they are good starter homes.
California Carl

Milpitas, CA

#11 Jul 7, 2007
Jose, is that true?
CBH Sucks

Boise, ID

#12 Jul 7, 2007
I am living in a CBH right now. Not even 2 years old. They absolutely stink. Cement is falling off of the front walls, Carpet is as cheap as it gets, tile decorations around the kitchen counters is falling apart, the 3 toilets all have issues with flushing, The ground is sinking around the side of the house, I have had 3 detectors and 2 fans actually fall apart from the ceiling. That is just for starters in One and half year. They also cleared out a developement a block away and told us they were building more houses, but they have so many for sale now that they are just letting the weeds grow as high as they can, now it looks like a dump. Needless to say many people had to move that had no money. I called to get most of it under warranty fixed and they gave me the supplies and stated for me to fix it myself. When I moved in the 2nd bathroom didn't even come with a shower rod, so I called and the girl told me "CBH is too cheap to give you 2 of these" No lie. Good luck in your home search, My neighbors have many of the same thoughts.
over here

Round Rock, TX

#13 Jul 8, 2007
Hubble Homes sucks. Not sure how sucky CBH homes are. If i were you, I would pony up the extra cash for a good quality home from someone who actually knows how to build something other than a damn cookie cutter house. I wish I had. Good luck.
toes-up

Meridian, ID

#14 Jul 10, 2007
You get what you pay for. Price is most likely what brought you to the sales-center. Not architectural style, High quality features.Most CBH Buyers are " Big Lots" or "Wal-Mart" Shoppers. because they are a "Price" not " Features and Benefits" buyer
not too bad

Boise, ID

#15 Jul 10, 2007
I bought one...Never had issues that they did not resolve (furnace quit and someone came out at 1:00am no charge). I had no cracks but did have a slight gap under front door and the warranty guy came the next day. One thing, it did not appear they spent too much time excavating and leveling and the fill dirt was more like gravel, rock, misc fill in. The neighbor would water his yard and it would flood mine. As for my two neighbors, they had problems. Dishwashers not hooked up, sprinkler system pipes not glued at manifold, broken sprinkler heads, ceiling fans didn't work, cracks in walls. I later found out my house was at one time the subdivision office/model home. Maybe made a difference?
Is Cory bankrupt yet

San Antonio, TX

#16 Jul 10, 2007
I own a few CBH homes right now (rentals). I would never live in one for my personal house because the quality just isnt' there. CBH should have stuck to making starter homes. Their branch out into $300K homes was a bad idea. I don't even know where to start. Let's just put it this way... you don't get what you pay for. He's overpriced, offers cookie cutter homes on tiny lots. He saves money on the stuff you don't see such as crooked lumber, shortened crawl spaces, inferior materials, and he pays all of his contractors so poorly that you can almost expect many things to go wrong. I actually heard of live electrical wires in the wall that were just dangling not even hooked to a box. I've personally experienced water downed paint, caulk that shrinks and leaves big gaps, bulging walls due to sub par studs that are not straight. You're basically going to get a house that will have it's problems and would be considered average at best.
Corey is a joke

Boise, ID

#17 Sep 11, 2007
CBH homes just laid off their mortgage staff through Countrywide affiliations. Who wants to bet $10 that CBH homes files for chapter 11 before years end? huh, any takers?
RON

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Sep 12, 2007
in the 50's and 60's the blaser brothers had a rep with many for building fast and cheap. of course they had to meet building codes which were less stringent then. but yea, they cut corners. now it's cbh who has the rep. who knows who will be the next one. why buy a new house that has many unknowns. why not a used one that has been refurbished. assuming the previous owner speaks the truth, you may be more certain all the big problems have been addressed. plus they cost less.
hubble home owner

Boise, ID

#19 Sep 16, 2007
I own and live in a hubble home in meridian. I had some small problems with the house but hubble was fast to fix the problems. I was told that the meridian homes in havasu creek are nicer than any other subdivision for hubble. It is has tree lined streets, elementary school and close to everything. We love our house because it is big, nice yard and has huge rooms. We spent 60k in upgrades and we feel the house was a great deal. I don't know if people realize that hh and cbh are huge builders. They buy all the building supplies in bulk and they buy land in bulk. CBH pays cash for everything and all builders try to find the cheapest contractors. Thats why they send out for for bids to contractors. I know someone who works for a custom builder in Idaho and they told me that they have tons of warranty work done on there homes. All builders want to keep overhead low and profits high. Also remember location,location,location. I bought in my location because there are very expensive homes around our subdivision and they keep building commercial places like kohls. I can't tell you how good kbh are but we love our hubble home. Good luck.
cbh home owner

Boise, ID

#20 Sep 16, 2007
my driveway is cracked after two years...but my friends closet doors wont close in his hubble home....lol!...plus the cbh homes have trees in the subdivison unlike the hubbles

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