Peebles, OH asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio

Q: I'm having a new house being built by Schumacher. the driveway & sidewalk cracked a few days. they want fix it.

I haven't taken possession of my house or even had my first walk through. we have not even made our last payment. I live next door so i watched all of this and informed them. They said they are not going to fix it. Are they responsible to give us what we paid for. we did not pay for a cracked sidewalk and driveway.

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Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Some cracking in the driveway and sidewalks occur, but it seems odd that it would occur so soon in your concrete. If you still have funds left to pay, I would have the driveway and sidewalk inspected before making any further payment. Make sure you use a reputable expert in concrete issues, not just someone who wants to get a juob replacing your concrete.

There are a number of issues that cause cracking. Some can be controlled and some cannot.

If anything, I would not be pleased with how your contractor is handling the issue and would want to make sure it is not a sign of a structural integrity of the driveway or sidewalf before moving forward.

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