There should not be hardwood flooring scratches in new construction.
There, I said it.
New construction is new. Everything should be new. The house should convey looking new.
NEW is the key word in the term "new construction."
In older homes flooring scratches are what you get! Normal. Dings are normal. Scuffs and smudges are normal.
But not in new construction.
I am never impressed when the clients and I arrive at a final walk-through inspection and the house has not been cleaned.
This is the final reveal time!
And then while we are there the house fills up with a cleaning crew with their radios, loud talking, vacuums, taking over bathrooms to clean them, chemical smells, etc.
This final walk through should be a time unfettered. It should be a quiet time for the buyers to walk around and enjoy their new purchase.
Arriving here the floors were so caked with drywall dust that I really could not evaluate them. The first thing I said to my clients was that we would have to wait until the floors were cleaned before they could go around with blue tape and note touch up spots.
After the floor was cleaned we saw many spots like the one above - scratches, scuffs that did not clean off with the toe of my sock, paint splatters (drop clothes are a thing of the past dontchaknow), drywall mud spots, a drink stain (!), and the like.
One of my pet peeves with dark, hardwood flooring, which is very popular of late, is that it reveals everything! Every little scratch, from pets to wear and tear, shows up big. Smudges and stains are sometimes harder to clean up.
But still, in new construction - should there be so much of this? NO.
My recommendation: people sometimes ask me what the most typical things are that we find on a new construction final walk through. I don't have an answer for that! There is nothing typical! The house is the house. Things are as they are. But even still, some things simply should not be. Care should be taken by everyone when working on a new house. Period.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560