PSA: It’s Time for Spring Work on Your Home
April 21, 2016 | Lombardo Living
It’s officially spring!
The snow has melted, trees are sprouting, and flowers are beginning to blossom. What do the warmer temperatures mean if you’re a homeowner who recently closed on your new Lombardo Home? It’s time to complete your spring work!
What is spring work?
If your home is constructed in winter, there are a few items the weather simply will not allow us to complete before closing. Incomplete items are documented before closing as “spring work” and our goal is to have all work completed by July 31, 2016. Spring work items may include exterior concrete (driveway, porch slab, sidewalks, and covered patios), final grade, exterior paint, and irrigation and landscaping, if applicable.
To explain further, our local municipalities issue temporary Certificate of Occupancies for homes that close in the winter. This allows you, the homeowner, to move in, but requires us to come back and complete any unfinished work. We are required to clear all temporary certificates of occupancy from homes that closed in the winter. In other words, not only do we want to complete this work for you, but we are legally required to complete this work in a timely manner.
It’s important to note, however, that as newly built homes are constructed and completed during these spring work months, the municipalities also require that we completely install all exterior work and obtain full certificates of occupancy for these homes. This means that you may see a home that hasn’t yet closed receive a driveway or a final grade prior to the completion of your spring work. Please resist the urge to become frustrated. We have a Lombardo Homes team member dedicated to completing all our spring work. This person works to coordinate completing multiple spring work jobs each day in a specific community, instead of relying on our construction coordinators to pull the trades in multiple directions at the same time.
The major contributing factor to getting spring work scheduled and completed is the weather. Please be patient as we try to utilize as many of the good days as possible. Whenever we experience a rainy day, we must push scheduled spring work by two days to allow time for the ground to dry. Every year is different when it comes to spring weather. In the past few years, we have experienced some of the most extreme springs in history. We want to be sure all the spring work is done right the first time. It is imperative that soil conditions and temperatures are optimal and conducive to completing concrete work, so we can not only meet, but exceed, your expectations.
Visit the Homeowner Resources page on our website for spring work FAQs and to view the spring work community schedule.