Do unto others as you would have others do unto you is simply a formula for life and business. Imagine, imagine what life would be like if everyone subscribed to that rule for life!
There are two kinds of builders -
Builder One - during the pre-drywall inspection the house is empty of workers and noise, the house has be cleaned of debris and dangerous objects, and swept clean even of sawdust. There are secure guardrails in place. Any hardwood stairs have been protected so they aren't damaged and ruined. The people who work there have been instructed to care for the place. During the final inspection the house is completed. There are no workers in the house. It has been professionally cleaned and ready for showing off. We are treated professionally. This behavior is a Best Practice.
Builder Two - I typically arrive earlier than the buyers for the pre-drywall inspection. The house is full of workers, banging, yelling, all listening to two and three very loud radios. The house is full of wood with nails dangerously sticking out, and other trip hazards all over the place. There is trash all over the house. When the stairwell drain hole is full of trash, which can make its way into the buried drain pipe leading to the sump pump, and the sump pump pit is similarly full of trash (and smells of sewage), I feel badly for the buyers.
I have been in new construction to see everything imaginable laying around - hypodermic needles, female panties, defecation inside and outside the house, used condoms, trashy people - you name it.
The final inspection still has work to be completed, or even people working on things! The house has not been cleaned. The builder has scheduled the inspection but then feigns a sorry attitude because things are not completed.
This is a group of "subcontractors" that does not care for themselves or others.
This is a supervisor who does not care for the buyers or his employer's product.
This is a builder who has not a care in the world as to what product is delivered to the people who pay everyone's salaries.
Builder Two is a lousy way to conduct business.
During a pre-drywall inspection the other day my client was a very pretty, but professional-looking, young lady. She was concerned because while visiting the house she and her husband had felt the floor pop and sag in spots. From the moment she walked in the "workers" present gathered into a group nearby and gawked at her like she was a piece of meat. When she bounced on a spot on the floor the rest of her bounced. At that moment they began giggling like 12 year olds, and one whistled. The realtor (female) and my client were shocked. I walked over to the gaggle, and they could see I was angry, and told them to leave the house until we were done. They were out the door within seconds.
My recommendation: it might be worth everyone's while when first visiting a builder to find out if you are dealing with Builder One or Builder Two. A simple question would be, "What will things be like when we show up for a pre-drywall inspection?" The response will tell you two things - how they regard a pre-drywall inspection and how much they fumble during the answer, if they even mention the condition the house will be in when you show up for the inspection. Trust me, you want Builder One. You want the builder who regards the Golden Rule.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560