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Enforcing a punch list

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NY State, Orange county. We are building a home in a development. Several issues have arisen. We have a large punch list. There are several items that are very important - water in the basement, defective siding/ tiles that are chipped, island in the kitchen with cosmetic defects that necissitate replacement, etc. The general contractor says he will fix "some." How do we enforce that we want a "near-perfect" home. How do we insist that the "fixing" of defects be performed in an adequate manner (i.e. reexcavating to seel the foundation in the area of leak). We have not closed yet. Our lawyer says we cannot insist on an escrow acount for a new construction . . .is that true?
How can we enforce our contract withour spending more money to enforce it than it takes to complete the repairs.
Do we need a different lawyer?



Lawyers, walk throughs and punch list, oh my

That is what I was afraid of. We are doing our second walk through tomorrow.

Since we have not closed, I guess we can find another attorney . . .but how can I find one that is our advocate.

Do we have recourse against the other attornery for dispensing wrong advice?

What do we do if we and the general contractor do not agree on the punch list, i.e. we think certain things are defective/wrong/need fixing and he disagrees?

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