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Family cast out by mold | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 137 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Oct 30, 2010, titled Family cast out by mold | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Kurt and Laura Foster purchased their Dublin dream home in August, then discovered that it was full of mold.

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Bobby Jo

Columbus, OH

#1 Oct 30, 2010
I expect we'll see more of this from the Dominion style crackerboxes littering our city. Does anyone remember the extreme home makeover in Whitehall? That was a Maranda, but similar issues and construction quality.
Lacey and me

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 30, 2010
Wow, if it's as bad as the story potrays I would like the name of the inspection company so I would never use them. Extremely hard to believe no one knew anything.

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 30, 2010
Yeah, after the inspection company gets done "helping" out, I'd sue them. Dominion is the main culprit. And the previous owners, they are all liable in this case. I feel so sorry for the owners. I'll never buy a home built after the 1960's. Clintonville has some of the best constructed homes in the city.
Grove City Resident

Groveport, OH

#4 Oct 30, 2010
This is a real shame for all involved,and it is becoming more and more common
MA Bondra

Dublin, OH

#5 Oct 30, 2010
Dominion Homes are not know for quality workmanship. Their contractors can't even install doors right. The condo my son owns and can't sell for a justifiable price is a perfect example. ... and Dominion is always right. I wish these people good luck.

Delaware, OH

#6 Oct 30, 2010
It's a well known fact that Dominion homes are poorly built. They were constructed as quickly as possible using inexpensive materials. They were taking advantage of the building frenzy and easy loans of 90's and that is a fact. Shame on the Fosters for not including a mold inspection when they bought the home, that should be automatic. The fact is that mold does not happen overnight, and it was a result of poor construction, so Dominion needs to be accountable.

Esher, UK

#7 Oct 30, 2010
You bought a Dominion home! MI and Dominion throw their homes together almost overnight... I guarantee the rest of those homes in the same neighborhood have the same problem. Good luck.
No sympathy

Raleigh, NC

#8 Oct 30, 2010
Grove City Resident wrote:
This is a real shame for all involved,and it is becoming more and more common
A real 'shame'? For whom exactly. You really do have to wonder who these 'poor' owners used (hired?) to do their inspection- Moe and Curly? Seriously. When we had a home inspection done,(on a home that, by the way, came up with suspect high humidity issues, unaddressed by the owners) it wasn't cheap and it took nearly three hours plus to complete. Key word,'complete'. Sorry. I have no sympathy for this couple. They obviously were determined to buy-THIS home, no matter their blinders.

Let 'em fix it with their own $$. PT Barnum was right, about suckers being a dime a dozen.

Portsmouth, OH

#9 Oct 30, 2010
Another Dominion Home debacle. I built a Dominion Home in 2002 and have had many many issues with the home. Dominion will always blame someone else and never own up to it's mistakes. Don't let them get away with it. Fight them and make them pay.

Naperville, IL

#10 Oct 30, 2010
The real news story is the home insepector who looked at this house and said there was nothing wrong. why is he ripping people off and having his name protected? Come on dispatch, how about some help here.

Nashport, OH

#11 Oct 30, 2010
Dominion home 30 yr. structural waranty claim, "your house collapsed? You must weigh too much. Claim rejected" I'll keep my self renovated 50 yr. old home. No problems ever, just updating. Sorry to hear that them people were taken for 285 large but where are the crooks that sold that pile to them? They had to know what was up. The sellers must be some of them "wall street scum" we keep being warned about.

Leland, NC

#12 Oct 30, 2010
My sister also bought a home by Dominion Homes. She found out, after purchasing the "new" home from them that it was not built right. She also had water problems. She had to fight Dominion in order to get only minor repairs. This company needs to be held responsible.

Hilliard, OH

#13 Oct 30, 2010
Welcome to a Dominion Homes home. Didn't they have serious problems back in the 90's with shoddy construction? To the point that homeowners were putting up derogatory signs in their front yards about Dominion? Surprised the inspector didn't remember that, and check more thoroughly. What a shame.
Devil sympathy

Raleigh, NC

#14 Oct 30, 2010
jason wrote:
The real news story is the home insepector who looked at this house and said there was nothing wrong. why is he ripping people off and having his name protected? Come on dispatch, how about some help here.
Exactly. Interesting, the couple in the story 'refuse' to name the inspector- or- the co. More interesting, anyone with any basic common sense, would be even MORE vigilant (not less) going into a buy/inspection process when, ahem... a home builder as suspect as Dominion, has a general and recent history (shall we say reputation?) of performing poorly as a builder??? Something just isn't adding up in this particular housing 'mess'. To find THAT much mold- so close following the actual purchase- is almost laughable.
will blacklick

Columbus, OH

#15 Oct 30, 2010
Dominion cuts cost by hammering down subs down to little or no profit, and turns around and sell the house for a high profit. Get it done fast and move on to to the next one.

Neighbors better start checking the exterior of the house. Same crews that worked on this one did others in the subdivision.

Hilliard, OH

#16 Oct 30, 2010
jason wrote:
The real news story is the home insepector who looked at this house and said there was nothing wrong. why is he ripping people off and having his name protected? Come on dispatch, how about some help here.
I agree Jason- Inspectors who do inspections and then "help" repair problems found AFTER the inspection are questionable.
Devils and details

Raleigh, NC

#17 Oct 30, 2010
More importantly- for the original owners to NOT have addressed the issues with Dominion- and then to pass on the mess- to owners #2- Tells me ALLLL I need to know about the vulgarities occurring in the residential housing industry mess....and THATS not even including the casino trading card deed securitizing that was goin' on. Who knows WHO owns that lil ole thing called, "Title".

Dumb and dumber. Banks and builders count on it. And laugh... all the way to the Supreme Courts new corporate helpers. So comical you'd think it was just a big joke. No joke.

United States

#18 Oct 30, 2010
Sounds like homebuyers need to avoid Dominion like the plague. The fact they are using the law to shield them from their responsibility to honor a warranty speaks volumes about their credibility. Any company can hire a lawyer to find loopholes and excuses to avoid integrity.

The market should punish Dominion severely and put them in the graveyard of poorly run, ignorant companies.

Somerset, OH

#19 Oct 30, 2010
This is just plain stupidity on the part of the buyer and their so called "home inspector." I wonder if they ever went into the home prior to purchase. Any home inspector worth his salt would advise his client (the homebuyer) to stay away from a house in this condition. Mold this bad would be identified and located just from the home inspection, with or without a mold investigation. I bet this "home inspector" spent less than five minutes inside the residence, if he spent any time at all.

I have bought a few houses, and I have always used a good home inspector. I have wrote quite a few checks to them, and have always received great reports. Based on those reports, I have passed on houses that I really wanted. It amazes me that someone is so willing to spend a few hundred thousand dollars on a home but unwilling to spend a few hundred on a complete home inspection. It is the best money that I have ever spent...

Hilliard, OH

#20 Oct 30, 2010
Sounds like this development is ripe for a class action lawsuit. If just one other home in the area shows mold, Dominion Homes is going be in a world of hurt.

I seriously question the competence of the legal counsel for Dominion Homes. Can't they see this train coming down the tracks?

Hey all of you folks who live in this subdivision, want to get your homes totally remodeled at Dominion's expense? Just get yourselves a mold inspection and report and find yourselves a good plaintiffs attorney. I am sure they are going to be more than willing to file suit.

Just sayin....

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