After coming inside from the very interesting outdoors of my favorite new construction, was was greeted at the doorway between laundry room off of the garage and the kitchen with this.
At first glance it looks like a stain.
But it is not.
Remember, when a builder calls to schedule the final inspection, the house is "finished" and he, supposedly, is presenting his proud, "finished" product to the buyers!
In my opinion, the house should really be FINISHED!
Also, in my opinion, the buyers deserve a completed house in the condition they want. It is a NEW house! During our final walk throughs a lot of blue tape is put on the walls and wood work where areas need to be repainted or touched up.
I think they are entitled to that.
For most of those things, if the house is five years old for example, my opinion is that those things are normal "wear and tear" and not deserving of scrutiny.
Sometimes the buyer is told that something is just a "spot" or "stain."
As in this case.
But the closer you look, the clearer it becomes, that this is no mere spot.
It is clearly a chip out of the ceramic tile floor.
It is clearly a chip off the old block!
Is this too small a thing to bring up to the supervisor?
Again, in my opinion, these buyers deserve to have a pristine tile, without blemish.
It needs to be replaced.
My question: How many times has this supervisor walked over this tile, looked at that little ding, and let it go? Did he think it to be acceptable? Would he think it acceptable if he was buying the house? I am betting not! Again, why not employ the Golden Rule?
My recommendation: During a final walk through, just before settlement, look for the little things. Be scrutinizing! It is, after all, your only opportunity to do so. And hire a home inspector! He has eyes for this stuff!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560