My mom is building a new home and my partner and I are considering building one ourselves. Everywhere I look it seems that there are mistakes, delays, cost overruns, unhappy customers and poor quality. This despite dramatic improvements in quality in many other areas of manufacturing such as consumer electronics and automobiles.
Even if construction goes as planned, the inability of painters to actually paint a straight line, combined with visible drywall seams, nail pops, leaking windows, cracked driveways, and walls that aren’t plum seems to leave the fit and finish of your typical new home light years behind where I’d expect it to be in 2005. Is there anything on the horizon that’s likely to change this situation? Is it even recognized as a problem in the industry? Any chance the typical new home will have the same QA as your average cell phone sometime soon?