On new construction, kitchen cabinets can often get overlooked. When I look at kitchen cabinet installation I am looking down the road.
Kitchens are essential. They are where everybody ends up - the family, guests, the party, whatever!
Designers of new homes take this into account as they know people demand a kitchen that is the heart and social center of the home.
The cabinetry is very important.
If it wasn't there wouldn't be so many styles, woods, designs and colors to choose from!
This kitchen is gorgeous.
The buyers spent a lot of time choosing everything from layout to final products.
This bank of cabinets is over the dishwasher.
I know from experience, personal and as a home inspector, that the cabinet(s) nearest the dishwasher take(s) all the weight.
That's where the plates, bowls, glasses and mugs usually go so they don't have to be carried far when removed from the dishwasher.
I look inside every cabinet.
I want to see how they are attached, or if they are properly attached.
My bug-a-boo, actually the bug-a-boo of cabinet manufacturers, is the use of drywall screws to hang them. They are not very strong under long-term weight.
Some manufacturers have instructions as to what screws they prefer and others actually provide a bag full of what they want used.
Either way, cabinet installation is important to the manufacturers.
So it should be important to the builder too!
Looking inside the cabinets over the dishwasher what did I see.
ONLY ONE LONELY SCREW! IT WAS THE SCREW PROVIDED BY THE CABINET MANUFACTURER, BUT THERE WAS ONLY ONE IN THERE!
Preferably there would be more!
It was cute, but all by itself!
So it got mentioned on the report.
Does this sound like a dipsy doodle thing for a home inspector to mention on the report of a brand new home?
Actually not! It is the ONLY time to mention it. I have actually had clients say that they have experienced a cabinet pulling off the wall.
And on home inspections I have seen cabinets overloaded, with the bowing shelves, and pulling away from the wall.
GRAVITY WORKS! IT WORKS ALL THE TIME!
It has to be controlled.
So when cabinets are installed, you have to look down the road to what they will be asked to do and how well they will be able to do it!
My recommendation: the next time you are in new construction, have a peek inside the kitchen cabinets! And if you do, you, too, might find the lonely screw!
That was a very alliterative sentence...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560