In this case "Shouldn't the door on my house be like the one in the model?" was the question, but anything could have been substituted for the word "door."
Unless the contract stipulates differently, I think what comes in the model should be the example of what comes with another house. I think the quality of work that is done on the model should be the example of the quality of work that comes with another house.
FYI - this same door in the model home was large, metal and had two difficult-to-manage handles controlling a substantial locking mechanism built into the metal frame.
Incredibly the door installed on this house was not only different than that, but silly. AND EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL.
After a long climb to get to a little roof balcony housing the AC compressor, this is what I found while up there:
- The door itself is an interior door, with a Masonite covering, a thin coat of paint only on the outside covering, and it was already swelling and rotting. That door has been in place just over a month.
- The doorway turned out to be too small to get the compressor back through should this newly-installed compressor need to be replaced. AND ONE DAY IT WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED!
- The door itself was installed with four interior finish nails on the sides. The threshold was never screwed into place. The existing, unused holes are water vulnerable as are the sides of the threshold. It is obvious that water is getting in.
- There is no weather stripping on three sides of the door, so water is getting in all around.
- A lovely grouping of screws (three different kinds of screws!) were left on top of the thin, 60mil EPDM roof. Stepping on any of them likely would puncture that roof surface. Yours truly did not arrange this!
- The hole where the AC lines enter back into the house was not sealed, making it also water vulnerable.
- AND LASTLY, THIS DOOR IS SIMILAR TO ALL THE OTHER DOORS ON THIS GROUP OF 10 TOWNHOUSES. WHAT'S MY PROBLEM WITH THAT? ONLY A CHEAP BEDROOM DOORKNOB WAS INSTALLED ON THIS DOOR WITH A CHEAP LOCK. HOW EASY WOULD IT BE FOR SOMEONE TO BREAK INTO THIS HOUSE, OR ANY OTHER HOUSE ALONG THIS ROW OF HOUSES? VERY EASY! SIMPLE AND EASY! EASY PEASY! THIS IS A HOME SECURITY ISSUE WITH HUGE PROPORTIONS!
Would you install this door on your house? I am not a betting person, but I would bet you WOULD NOT!
Would you install this door on your house in this way? I am not a betting person, but I would be you WOULD NOT!
Would you install this door on your house and feel safe? I am not a betting person, but I would be you WOULD NOT!
Would you install this door on SOMEBODY ELSE'S HOUSE and feel good about it? I AM NOT A BETTING PERSON, BUT I WOULD BET, AND THEN HOPE, THAT YOU WOULD NOT! Further, I would hope that the reason you would not would be the Golden Rule.
Then why would this builder/supervisor/installer, who almost certainly would not install this door on their own houses in this way, do it here? That, my friends, is a huge question!
We need more Golden Rule in our society! It has nearly disappeared and we are the beneficiaries of that!
My recommendation: NEVER buy a new home without a home inspection! You don't know what you don't know! Work like this is frightening! It is indefensible! And unfortunately it is common! So be smart and get a home inspection! And do for others as you would have them do for you.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560