What I'm Seeing Now

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Here A Crack, There A Crack, Everywhere...

Had the sun not been in the right position I might not have seen this.

New construction, double master bathroom sink, plastic counter top with bowls.

Glancing in the mirror the reflected sun light just happened to catch a 8" long, very thin crack extending from beside the right handle to beyond the left.  Had I gone in there a moment earlier, or later, the sun may not have revealed it.  Without the sun it was almost invisible.

While we might not have been able to see it, and the supervisor did not know it was there, one has to wonder if when they drilled those three holes the subs did not know they cracked the top and left it that way!

I am told that replacing that counter top is over $1000!  And since it is new and a single, molded piece of plastic ("cultured marble"), it needs to be replaced!

Had it not been caught on the inspection, and the buyers had called a couple of weeks after moving in, they would have been told that it was not there previously, OR "we examine everything very carefully every day and we didn't see it," OR "we can't be responsible for things homeowners do to their houses and the things they break," OR whatever.

 

 

OR, best of all, "you had a home inspection and IF it was there then your inspector should have caught it."

And during that conversation the word "inspector" would have been uttered drippingly...

AND gratefully!  The builder would have felt totally off the hook!  And the subcontractor who caused the crack would have smiled BIG.

This is a shot of the sink moments after the sun's angle had shifted.  You can see how difficult it would have been to see this crack without sun light reflected in the mirror.  And there was light, and it was good!

Pay no attention to that ghastly ghostly image in the mirror.

Well, pay attention!  He's the guy who would have been blamed!  And maybe $1000 poorer after being blamed!  Well, $500 poorer after the insurance deductible.

My recommendation:  A home inspection on new construction is essential.  You never know what might be found!

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • March 26 2010 05:41AM

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Good eye!  Glad the sun was your friend!! You saved someone some $ for sure!!

Posted by Wendy Rich-Soto, Realtor Strategize, Stage, Sell, Owner of SellingLASouthBay.com @ the WRichTeam (Keller Williams Realty, LA Harbor) over 9 years ago

Good catch, Jay. The sun was shining on you that day for a reason : ) -- Tanya in Montreal

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) over 9 years ago

Apparently, Wendy, even me!

Tanya - it's because I am a good boy.

Don - thank you!  And thanks for stopping by!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Thanks Jay, I'm reading more and more of your posts. Your information is very helpful.

Posted by Robert Murray (The Corcoran Group) over 9 years ago

Ah the joys of building...and how smart the homeowners were to hire you and not believe that the "new homeowners warranty" catches everything...surely they would have been blamed for dropping/dripping "heavy towels" or...and cracking it themselves. Inspectors right on crack..I love it !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 9 years ago

Wow, thank you Robert!  We try to be helpful and ecclectic!

S&D - somehow I think the soon-to-be discovered problem would have wended its way back to me...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Good work, Jay!

I'm wondering...do you think that with new construction, things fall through the cracks (pardon the pun) because people feel they don't have to pay too close attention?

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 9 years ago

Pam - that is a hard question to answer in such a short forum.  There are so many reasons.  My biggest beef with new construction can be summarized with one word - PROFESSIONALISM.  The lack thereof...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hi Jay,

Lately, that seems to be a huge problem, no matter what industry.

Posted by Not In Real Estate Any Longer over 9 years ago

Jay,

Good catch. Sometimes it just pays to be lucky too.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Jay so many times we are just sitting duks.

quackers

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

I hope you bought some lottery tickets that day.

Posted by Glen Fisher (National Property Inspections of Southern New Jersey, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay - Now if you inspect when the sun isn't in just the right position, you can just take a million candle power spot light to check things out : )

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 9 years ago

Pam - I think you are right!  It is too bad.  I have a blog post called "Golden Rule Business" here on AR which I posted a long time ago.  It still applies today!

Rich - had the sun not been there, or if it was a cloudy day, I may not have caught it!  I did examine the handles, of course, and test the water, but it was such a narrow crack that it was nearly invisible.

Thanks Quackers!  My buyer was not quacked up when he saw it, and the supervisor was a bit rattled!

Didn't Glen!  Should I have?  I figure that if winning has about the same odds as getting hit by lightening at the same time as I am being bitten by a shark I might be wasting my money...

John - My million candle flashlight, had I used it, might have blinded me beyond the ability to see anything, much less a crack.  I think its reflection is 1 mil too!  Mine has a sticker on it that says, "Do not look directly into the light."  Obviously a warning not written by a lawyer.  Too short and succint.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay,

Sometimes we are saved by dumb luck, like the sun being just right.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

And clean living Steve, and clean living!

 

I'd go with dumb luck also.  But you gotta look!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jay- I tell ya we need some breaks at times in our profession.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

And we don't always get them, do we Eric?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Way to avoid deadly sin #7.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Hello Jay - Nice find!  Sometimes luck is on your side..

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) over 9 years ago

Thanks Reuben!

Andy - geez, I heard you, I heard you...   Just kidding.  Luck (and looking) sometimes go together!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

Hello Jay - Sorry for the mess .  It should be all cleaned up now.  Have a great day.

Posted by Andy Chaudoir, Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas (Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas) over 9 years ago

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