Best of Philly 2009: Contractor
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believe the hype, homes are not 3000sf, as the basement (719sf) is below grade and they identify the stairwell to roof deck as a pilot house to allow for 60sf, so homes are really around 2100SF, with no builder identified, installed products different from their manual, less than skilled work force, evidenced by driveways and rear of homes that have different color stucco from frist 6 houses to last four, and staining already on stucco as they did not install proper flashing, run away from this project as you are sure to be under water before you even move in. Dont trust the used car salemen, as many people have signed on and then walked away after seeing how terrible the homes and products being used are: one visit to the kitchen design center will show you how shotty these developers and builder are. not to mention how they inflated pricing. The fist 6 homes were sold pre-constrcution (less than 475K), yet in September 2012, they placed them on MLS as under contract at 550k, even though they were under agreement for much less, to create a false market
Posted by MATT: Jan. January 23rd, 2013 at 9:24 PM
Don't even think about it; homes are poorly built; Tom and his crew are used car salesman but dont produce; look at cement work in front of homes, its a disgrace, look at rear of homes two different colors on stucco, water stains already as they did not use correct flashing; also, look at rear steps, tom saved $500 by building half steps over operating door only, who does that; last, their hvac is undersized and will never cool the house, nothing in the product manual is what you will get as far as product (bait and switch), let alone craftmanship. Ask the simople question, who is the builder, developer, or seller, you will not get it; you will get one of the real estate investors who will market himself as the construction manager but he will tell you he never looked at the approved construction plans nor are they following those plans to build these home;
Posted by m: Jan. January 23rd, 2013 at 6:27 PM
Geary Estates, more like Geary escape; they marketed homes at 3000sf, but they included the basement, which is below grade and called the stairwell to roof deck a pilot house, to add 770sf, which is incorrect; well their building processes, just as others say, unskilled workers, poor quality wood and construction processes that have no craftmanship; homes not built to plans submitted to the city; not sure how Tom and his crew stay in business but buyer beware when a builder refuses to market his name
Posted by b: Jan. January 22nd, 2013 at 4:41 AM
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Posted by Murray: Nov. November 16th, 2012 at 9:39 AM
How the hell did Lawndale Construction Management weasel their way to this title? Especially in Philadelphia? They hire illegal immigrants to build "Tom Niedermayer's visions". Not one procedure is legal. Philadelphia Magazine should make their next Lawndale headline......"LCM Owner, Tom Niedermayer indicted for fraud!"
Posted by Inda: Sep. September 24th, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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Posted by Jane: Nov. November 17th, 2011 at 11:41 AM
We were "sold" on a new home from PNH Realty, and Lawndale (Blueline) was the builder. Within two months of buying PNH was out of business. The house was not done on time and a lot of things were not built according to our plan. We had to constantly check on the progress. Since we moved in we are constantly finding cut corners. Two leaking toilets, a leaking roof, a roof without a proper pitch, and a condensation pipe that was not installed properly on our heater. After spending a ton of money to fix the problems that their workers are not capable of fixing . . . we have also found that walls around pipes are not insulated and sliding doors and windows have been installed without flashing or drainage pans which led to severe leaking in our basement and a bedroom.
Posted by E: Oct. October 14th, 2011 at 2:21 PM
Lawndale was the contracting company building my home. We have had issues and problems since BEFORE moving in. We were promised - and paid for - a rooftop deck. After moving in we learned that the house was never built to accommodate the deck we paid for. In addition, we have experienced chronic leaking from the 3rd level balcony into the middle floor bedroom directly below. Although Lawndale came out while the house was "in warranty," they could not properly diagnosis the issue nor could they fix it. We finally had to hire a separate company to take care of the leaking. We have discovered that the bedroom was not insulated - CODE VIOLATION - and that sliding doors were installed without flashing!
The employees are inexperienced and not properly supervised on the job. They cut a lot of corners and this has resulted in extra money out of pocket and lots of aggravation for us as home owners.
DEFINITELY NOT THE DREAM HOME WE WERE PROMISED
Posted by Risa: Oct. October 14th, 2011 at 2:11 PM
I would not hire this company unless you are present to watch them 24/7. Although the owners talk a good game they dont have skilled workers and are not reliable. I am highly disappointed and out of a lot of money in purchasing a home from them! Buyers beware!!!
Posted by K: Apr. April 16th, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Hey, Kevin please email me more information on Blueline, I just signed on with them. Phillyrentals1956@yahoo.com. and who is Lawndale, how are they associated with Blueline?
Posted by J: Sep. September 8th, 2010 at 10:42 AM
Blueline has the most unprofessional customer service I have seen in a property management company. Jason is good to deal with, but not the rest. You will be met with ignorance. I use to do some of their maintenance work and they always want to cut every corner they can. One of their staff is nothing but an ignorant racists. Blueline not only lies to their tenants but to their investors as well. They boost up their invoices by 25% for each repair. Sometimes repairs are not even done and they still charge. Please don't use this company for anything until there is a staff change. If anybody wants specifics please contact me and I will be more detailed. I have plenty of proof. I also have my old invoices that you investors can match up your prices and see that you have been robbed!! Everyone has been warned.
Posted by Kevin: Sep. September 7th, 2010 at 9:25 PM
Wow Bernadette you've had all issues addressed within 24 hours? I find that amazing...I have a leak in my second floor bedroom that has been leaking since I moved-in in February 16th and they still haven't repaired it. That's in addition to the two other leaks that haven't been repaired yet. What's your secret Bernadette?
Posted by Kevin: May. May 18th, 2010 at 5:02 PM
We are very happy in our new home. A lot of care was put into the construction of the house and it shows. There have been a few small items that we found after we moved in, as expected with new construction. However, the builders have been very responsive to our needs and have fixed everything within 24 hours of our request. Overall, they were very easy to work with and they produce a great product
Posted by Bernadette: May. May 9th, 2010 at 6:19 PM
They do not meet deadlines (my new house was approximately 2-months overdue). They do not follow up on issues. They frequently simply ignore phone calls or e-mails for weeks at a time. I moved into a brand new home on 2/11/10 and continue to have leaks from my roof that Lawndale has failed to repair. My brand new home wired for cable contained RG59 cable which the Comcast tech said "is cheap, doesn't carry a digital signal well and hasn't been the industry standard for many years. The only reason contractors use it nowadays is because they are cheap". Dealing with them has been the worst customer service experience of my entire life.
Check out their Better Business Bureau evaluation here: http://www.dc.bbb.org/report.html?national=y&compid=161304252
Feel free to e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are considering using them or purchasing a new home from them or PNH realty who acts as one of their brokers. I will be glad to discuss my experience with you at length.
Posted by Kevin: Apr. April 30th, 2010 at 6:07 PM
Its been a great experience working with the Lawndale team. Jimmy was so patient and accomodating for all the changes I made- and I got to work directly with the architect. I am so happy with my home! Thanks, Lina
Posted by Lina: Mar. March 7th, 2010 at 6:34 PM
Lawndale Construction Management built the home that my fiance recently purchased. We were involved with the building process and they accommodated all of our requests. I would highly reccommend them to anyone who is looking for a home builder.
Posted by C: Feb. February 25th, 2010 at 10:45 AM
I wish I had read these earlier. Recently purchased a home from them and it was the worst experience of my life, I'm still fighting with them to finish items. They were overdue by more than 2 months, don't return calls or show up to meetings. This also goes for PNH Realty who represents them. My recommendation, don't use them!
Posted by Le: Feb. February 22nd, 2010 at 11:20 PM
Unfortunately this "best of Philly" is completely incorrect. I'm an ex-contractor of Lawndale, who conveniently changed their name last year because of the increasing amount of court cases being brought up against this company. They're extremely fraudulent, and I'm so surprised that Philly Mag didn't do some fact checking before awarding them this undeserved, once cherished award. Very disappointed PM!
Posted by Stanley Jr: Feb. February 9th, 2010 at 6:41 PM
I can't believe Philly mag backed up a company who's fraudulent dealings have affected the value of a large amount of Philly residents' homes. Lawndale Construction Management, also known as Blueline Investments, recently changed their name to avoid law suits and make it even more difficult to figure out who is in charge of what! What a joke!
Posted by Sam: Jan. January 25th, 2010 at 5:30 PM