Arriving at a final inspection of a new construction, to a house no where near ready for us, practically before even saying hello to Coral Gundlach, the Realtor, I playfully had to show her this! It kind of set the tone for the day...
Now, how fun is that!?
A siding guy simply wouldn't do this to his siding job.
And this vent guy simply doesn't know how to cut properly through a siding job to set a vent.
I think this is one of those post-facto things that happens when details are forgotten along the way. It indicates improper configuration management, where one trade is scheduled before another.
Surely it was known that the kitchen was to have a vent through the wall. And the time to cut that vent, really, is BEFORE the siding goes up!
A siding guy is very able to situate his product around a given opening.
A vent guy is not so able to situate his vent through already-installed siding.
At least it's delightfully level! OK, maybe not so level. And it does kind of look beat up. And it's not flashed. And it only has one attachment (the nail in the lower right corner). And the flap doesn't open properly. But hey, details, details!
At this point the siding guy is going to have to remove at least three pieces of siding to reconfigure around this vent. But what can the vent guy do to improve this?
Who cares! I, for one, would not trust him to do so. Geez o' flip, get a different guy!
My recommendation: despite the Realtor's doing everything right in scheduling this final walk through, well in advance, the supervisor was "at least a day off" (his words) and not quite ready for the inspection. Workers were everywhere, the place was a mess, and we will have to go back to finish up what we couldn't that day. But even if he was ready, this vent is an example of how you NOT want your final product displayed to your customer!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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