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E-Z Block

This evening we got a call from E-Z Block. They are making the lightweight concrete panels that will form the structure for our home. And the have a bunch of our money — half the cost of the first set of panels. The entire build has been waiting on them since the basement was poured January 4.

The panels were finally scheduled to be delivered January 13th. But apparently the man who owns the warehouse they are renting defaulted on the mortgage and they could be evicted at the end of the month. So, rather than leave St. George (and the warehouse) and spend the time here to train the crew on installation, he wants to finish manufacturing all the materials for the entire house and then bring them here all at once, so prevent a possible delay if he has to move his business.

Sigh.

We’re told that’s a two-week delay – after we’ve already waited a week doing nothing on the house. That’s two more weeks of rent and two more weeks of interest. And all the other work gets shifted, with myriad ramifications.

Let’s hope there are no more issues with this.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • CherisD January 12, 2010, 11:58 am

    How disappointing. I hope you can get back on track soon.

  • CordenBach January 12, 2010, 1:58 pm

    That ez block site totally sucks. I hope their walls are better than their web designer.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 13, 2010, 2:03 am

    Thanks CherisD.

    Well, CordenBach, I admit it’s a bit hard on the eyes. Fortunately, their product seems much better. 🙂

  • Todd - Home Construction & Improvement January 13, 2010, 9:38 am

    Are they located near you? Is there a way for you to see the progress and be sure they are indeed manufacturing your product as they indicated? You need to be VERY careful in a situation like this that they are not stalling. We see construction sub-contractors that get into a cash flow problems completely dissolve without notice so be sure to stay on top of this.

    I wish I had some better advice for you on this issue. Did you sign a contract? If so were there any clauses about delays or did they promise a delivery date? If so you may want to discuss a delay claim with them or at least use that to your advantage to push them along.

    Good luck and keep your chin up!
    .-= Todd – Home Construction & Improvement´s last blog ..Warped/Buckled Vinyl Siding =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 13, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I won’t say the whole thing hasn’t worried me. It has. We are following up. He’s not in the area, but we have contacts there.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 27, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Friday is the day. The concrete panel man should be here and start raising the barn!

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