Builder Not A Good Neighbor
MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS -- I'm a home owner that is next door to a spec home that Timber Creek is building. They are building a ranch home on a lot that is to small. The result of this is creating a drainage nightmare for us. The driveway is 2' from my property which means all the water is going to dump on me.
We notified the builder of this issue as the foundation was being put in place. We discussed our concerns with the builder, his comment was I've built many homes and I'll make this right.
As construction has progressed, it's now obvious that he can't make this right without altering the grade of my property. We have the CITY engineers involved who called to inform me that the builder indicated we verbally agreed to altering our property. We did not agree!
I've asked the City for a copy of the drainage plans. I will then be working with my attorney to prevent any alterations that are on my property.
Additionally, we have landscaped our yard with a very obvious new growth of grass. Even with barricades in place, construction workers continue to pass through our yard. Yesterday they left a trail of insulation and hose marks in the newly seeded yard and damaged the end of our tree berm.
I called the builder, he responds that he agrees that they should not be entering our property but he can't be around to babysit. He has no control of when the contractors come. I asked him who called them in the first place. He responds that he does. I asked why don't you tell them when you arrange the work not to enter the property next door. His response, that's like telling someone to tie their shoes every morning.
It's obvious this is another slap it up builder who has no appreciation for the neighbors next door.
Met with the City Engineers and they are on my side. They are contacting the engineering firm who proposed draining the water onto my property. Communicating to this firm
that there is no agreement to allow this.
City shut down the construction until contractor submitted a drainage plan that would not
dump water on our property. A curb was added to the driveway that keeps water on
the spec. homes property.
Contractors continue to attempt crossing through our property, they even take down
our barricades. It's a good thing my husband is home to catch them.