How dirty should new construction be?
Hi everyone - my apologies if this is a stupid question. I need a reality check, and immediately thought of this group as the perfect place.
How dirty should new construction get, or be, at this stage of a build?
I am building a new house. We are probably 2 weeks or so away from moving in....so we're in the final stretch.
We had a night of heavy rain. I stopped over last night to check on the progress, and found my basement had flooded. Most of the water has dried, but there are actual mud swirls all over the concrete floor. This is in addition to all the dirt/drywall dust and assorted other debris that was just laying around all over the place, so the entire basement floor is beyond filthy.
I don't have any appliances (or anything else of mine) down there, so nothing is wrecked. But it was still upsetting to see my basement floor looking like a river delta had settled in it.
We have a precast basement stair system that will be enclosed in the garage (when they finally get the roof done on the garage!), but in the meantime it's just a nice set of sloping stairs serving as a big funnel for rain right into the basement.
Apparently the GC realized he probably should have covered those stairs, because NOW he has devised a cover for them. Of course, now it isn't going to rain for the next week or so either though. Plus the garage should be done this week too.
The rest of the house is a disaster area too.
They finished installing the hardwood floors and tiles this week. Since the place is a giant mud pit now.....you can guess what the inside looks like. There are clumps of mud everywhere. There are even clumps of mud all over the bottom of my kitchen island. It looks like they congregate there, and stand around kicking mud up against my new cabinets. They've put paper down in front of the doors, but again.....clumps of mud everywhere.
Some of this I expected. I knew there would be drywall dust everywhere. And there is. But I figured they'd finish the drywall before they put in the hardwood. Now the floors are in and there is still some finish drywall work to do.
The place is just filty. The front door is covered in black hand prints. (Both sides!) The bathroom cabs have slop all over them from tiling.
The granite isn't in the kitched yet, so they're just throwing all of their tools in the top/open drawers on top. The drawers are getting scratched up and are covered in dust too.
The entire place is just filthy.
I don't know how much is dirt that will actually clean up, vs. what is actually damaged though. I was so shocked at the general condition of the house that it didn't occur to me to look closely at the island or the floors to see if anything is damaged under all the dirt. :(
The contract says the house will be delivered in "broom clean" condition. That place needs more than a broom to clean it up.
So - help me. Is all of this normal for a house in the finishing stages?