What I'm Seeing Now

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Seek And Ye Shall Find

Not sure what is going on here.  Yes this is the brand new kitchen cabinet over the brand new kitchen sink in the brand new kitchen of a brand new house!  Yes, to answer your next question, you have seen this house many times recently!  This is a new construction inspection, one of the most instructive ever!

Now, there are various ways to find a stud in the wall, even behind a kitchen cabinet.  While it might not be possible through the cabinet, a stud finder can be employed on the wall above and below it!

Personally I would NOT suggest finding the nail with a nail gun.  And, if I was so, um, creative in using my nail gun in this way, I would NOT leave the nails and their holes so visible inside the cabinet.  If you feel so compelled to use a nail gun, maybe you could also use a little putty?

Happily, I was impressed to see they used proper screws and rims to secure the cabinet to the wall!  So I am guessing that this, um, method of creative nail gun use was not to hang the cabinet on the wall.

Maybe they used the nail gun to secure the kitchen vent tubing inside the wall RIGHT BEHIND THIS CABINET?

No, I am NOT kidding!*

My recommendation:  it is surprising to open kitchen cabinet doors sometimes on new construction inspections and see what is to be seen.  But I always do.  And if you are walking through your brand new house for the final walk through with your builder, you will want to do that too...

* You might also think I somehow stage all this stuff!  No, no I don't. 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

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Comment balloon 26 commentsJay Markanich • November 24 2010 06:20AM

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Seeing this is clearly an alert to check out the rest of the workmanship in the home!  Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) over 9 years ago

WOW! I would have not expected to see that, but then again, that is the purpose of your blog.  Buyers sometimes think they don't need inspections on new construction - this is a great example of why they do!

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 9 years ago

Good Morning Jay. Quality workmanship isn't it...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Rene - check my previous 4 blogs or so.  Same house!

Carol - this example and a thousand others!  Never buy a new home without at least a pre-drywall and final inspection!

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

I imagine this giant warehouse which has room, roof, siding, foundation vignettes and you have it all decorated with all the don't's one can possilbly imagine...oh you don't....aww shucks....guess that means that realtors, inspectors and consumers everywhere had best heed your ever watchful eyes when they are buying a home!

 

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

C'mon Michael!  How fun would it be to find that stud with a brand new Nail Gun Stud Finder!  I think Old Milwaukee is making them.

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

This does get fun sometimes Sally.  When I pull up to the house I start my list from the street and see how many things I can write down before I get out of the vehicle!  Going in is a regular detective show!

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

Good morning Jay I think the person operating the nail gun was sneezing and couldn't stop LOL

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 9 years ago

Does look a bit crazed, huh James!?  And, when driving those nails in, how can you feel if you hit the stud...  (;>)

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

Jay, First question: Do you ever sleep? Second question: You do such a great, detailed job. How often to buyers back out after your inspection? Third question: Did this one? Have a Great Thanksgiving Jay, I'm thankful for your posts.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 9 years ago

Cut it three times and it's still too short. I would be really concerned about what we don't see.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 9 years ago

Wow, this place has a lot of issues.  Either true amateurs, idiots or both.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 9 years ago

Jay,

It seems logical that a builder would open all the doors in his comprehensive audit of quality achievement, prior to your inspection.  Ergo this was passed off as acceptable to the builder's standards.

It is a good thing the buyer hired you as a back-up for a reasonable quality function by the builder.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 9 years ago

Heavens to Murgatroyd - and what about all those wires?  Yes, it's unfortunate that all too often it seems that the more progress we make, the less progress we make.

Posted by Joel Gwillim, Associate - REALTOR® (CIR Realty - Condo Specialist) over 9 years ago

Jay - It's sad to see such a careless attitude and lack of concern for quality.  This house is a mess!

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

Jay, I find myself logging in each day just to see the next installment of this series.  What is the pricepoint of this home?

Posted by Mike Weber, 40+ years in Northern Colorado (Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado) over 9 years ago

Jay, it makes more sense to find out where the studs are "before" you cover them up with the cabinets.  Just sayin.........

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

I am curious as to what the new buyers did, after they found out?  Crazy!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 9 years ago

More and more convinced, Jay, on home inspections for new homes as well!!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 9 years ago

The sad thing this was not done at 4:45 on a Friday either lol

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 9 years ago

I inspected a new home the other day. It was almost without defects. Why? The owners were on site everyday and relentlessly scrutinized all the work being done. They did a fantastic job.

Looks like someone should been watching the guy with the nail gun on that job site.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Bob - First, no.  Second, thank you and yes, they do now and again.  Third, these folks didn't because the builder is on the hook for repairs, with a warranty.  Thanks, and a merry Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Randy - that is the big fear of most home inspectors!

Debbie - and many more posts could follow about this same house!  And yes, both.

Mike - I am such a pain in the ain for most builders I am surprised they don't hire me as a consultant to look things over before I actually come out...

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

Valerie - after one inspection, I actually wrote a letter, not an email, to the company president in Atlanta and he and a bunch of his upper ups actually came out to look at the house!  I don't know what happened after that!

Snagglepuss (Mike) - and we learn from history that we learn nothing from history.  Well, I do, of course!  That's a necessity when you inspect houses.

John - I have to admit to laughing a lot and shaking my head until it started hurting!

I said it in the first post, Mike.  Over $1 mil...  Wouldn't that little beaut make your proud?

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

Well sure, Charlie, but c'mon, how cool is it to actually find the stud with a nail gun!?  I'm not sure it gets better than that.

Chris - they walked with me, twice.  The first was to see the house the first time and the second to see things after the "repairs..."

DeeDee - I have to think you were convinced a long time ago!

AM or PM Don?  These guys really did seem to be asleep at the wheel.

Jim - agreed, but don't get too close to that guy!  I had one a few years ago where the single lady buying the house went every day with beer and pizza for the workers.  They liked her a lot and really did a good job.  Not a bad technique!

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

What a nasty cabinet installation.  Sure, it's going to be mostly hidden, but I'd think someone would have a  little more pride in their work.

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

I don't know how you hide that Reuben!  This is the cabinet over the microwave.  The cord is there to the right.  At this point the only solution is a really good putty job, or a new cabinet.  Those nails may have punctured the kitchen vent behind too!

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

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