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    MH Eades Inc
    1-Foundation
    The foundation was set to High. We had to have a 3ft. Deck in our garage to get into the house. Mike Eades said he would fix it but, he lied.  Our cars are on a slope in the driveway, we should have a nice level place for a basketball net but the back fill and garage foundation cut out did not work like he said.  He also said he would put a rock face on all the foundation showing and cheated us out of that because he took longer than the bank wanted and at crunch time gave us a pittance of refund for it. One year later it has extremely cracked floors, and we had to pay for dead tree removal because he left roots exposed for too long and had some trees buried. Just after we moved in we had to pay for someone to fix Eade's driveway and house drainage.  We still have an issue in the back because it is not sloped away from the house properly.  The common theme would be us telling him what he did wrong and him
    halfway fixing it. We did get him to put the retaining wall in, only through doing some of the trenching on our own.
    2- Trusses and over all integrity.
    MH Eades must have cash flow problems because the work would come in batches, then nothing.  The length of time to get it under roof meant water sat for a long time. The other issue was he did not follow through with 84 lumber's truss plan. The inspector caught it and made him put a beam in the basement.  We made him go back and put a footer under it. He would have just left the load on the already cracked basement floor.
    The lesson here is we should have had a truss page in the plans. the main floor is very bouncy. A glass of water will spill if too full and a kid walks by.
    3-Plumbing
    His choice of plumbers caused many delays and we had to go back and fix the leaking sink that damaged the cabinet. We also have a septic smell in the laundry room.  We wanted a gas water heater and he tricked us into the electric one.  Most of the fixtures were loose.  We made him come back and fix a crimped line to a toilet. The toilets had to be adjusted to flush properly and not flow all the time. We made him go back and dig up the basement ruff in he forgot about. He hired a guy to dig the trench to the house and well vent.  We put a string to show where the vent should go, with no contractor management he trenched it in the opposite direction. We had to get a water system after he left because the well had to much iron.  That is not his fault, but the point is he just did the minimum and did not watch out for us. Mike Eades only watches out for himself.
    4-Options
    We looked at a house MH Eades was almost finished with before we went with him and we
    asked for a roof just like it. He was going to put on one with screws and not
    the standing seam, because it was 10k cheaper.  The allotment for floors and fixtures was way
    too low. He adds in his labor and cheats you so you have to overrun it from the
    contract price.
    5-Insulation
     The Loft was going to be done wrong and would have been damaged by super heating, we had a real hard time getting that through his head. It has holes in the insulation.  He told us he was going to use the spray in insulation but used the pink fiberglass in some places. It is another example of how MH Eades will tell you what you want to hear and his cheap, half way, not managed properly way comes through.
    6-Drywall
    I will cuss MH Eades for ever due to the nail pops, cracks, and tape seams. We had him come back, but enough is enough.
    7- Cleaning
    We cleaned the house. Every time MH Eades comes we have to 'field day ' the house. He gets drywall dust in the wood floor and paint splashes...ect ect.  It is just awful.
    8- HVAC & fire place
    We worked with the vendors directly. We got these major issues fixed due to our hard work and persistence. At this point we knew we were not going to get help from MH Eades.
           
    9-Earthcraft certified
    One reason we hired MH Eades is because he was going to provide a Earthcraft certified home. Towards the very end we ask about the certification and he said the standards changed. It seems that we should be able to grandfather into the old standards.  He said he would pressure test the house to ensure the air leakage and get Energy star rated.  I guess we would have to keep bugging him to get this done.
    Summary
    At this point we despise having to communicate with MH Eades.  It is always a hassle. The problemt is getting him to show up, this takes a while.  You have to get through the no responses, excuses and delays, it is always something.
    Eades cannot blame the subcontractors for this problem.  The Captain goes down with the ship, the head coach & or general manager gets fired first!  We have a livable home only because we had a game camera and were a pain in his tail.  We should have talked to more people he dealt with before building with him.
     

    - james h.
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