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On New Construction, Details Matter

When you buy a new home everything is new, and on new construction, details matter.

Things should be finished, things should be clean, things should be properly installed and working as intended.

Most people like for their new kitchen to pop, especially if they have spent big bucks to "upgrade" it to the gourmet whoop di do.

This kitchen exhaust hood is beautiful.

It's a little disappointing to see that they didn't take all the plastic off.

And the finger prints all over the thing aren't quite attractive.

As I said, details matter.

My college biology professor said that looking at anything too closely will reveal things we might not want to see.

His observation was that if we were to look real closely at the prettiest girl's nose, we would be horrified at what we saw there!

He was probably right.

But the point of the final walk through of new construction is to have a final look see!

And most buyers are looking closely.

So is their home inspector!

And looking closely at this hood we see...

Obviously the installer was not very careful.

Or considerate.

And may have actually done damage to the unit.

It's disappointing to say the least.

So, the buyer simply adds this to the list of things to discuss with the supervisor!

The damage was to both sides.

At least they were consistent and even with their installation techniques!

My recommendation:  when you have a final walk through on new construction, have a close look.  And, even though it might be the prettiest girl's nose, you might find some stuff you don't want to see!

Look around!

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 16 commentsJay Markanich • March 11 2013 01:41AM

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Good Morning, Jay. Yes, details matter especially in new construction. Looks like there will be a charge back or re-install on this one...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 6 years ago

They may be getting a new exhaust hood Michael!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

It is a shame so many people no longer take pride in their work - or even care about what they are doing.  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 6 years ago

Final walk through are so important but some of my clients have not done them and I find it troubling but some just don't. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 6 years ago

I see this a lot with the warrenty bite yellow stickers....the installer or property owner does not think they should be removed as they are "protection"

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

To me, this represents poor supervision.  I wonder whether the builder does their own warranty work or farms it out.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

You mean like boogers? It's the small little details that make anything what it is, even if it's not a high end piece of equipment like that range hood. Trim, paint, caulking, even cleanup like you stated is part of the job. I would be furious with that installer!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

Like on many of my inspections. the builders have a missing in action quality control supervisor.

"We missed that, Oh that's no big deal, We have not finished that" Just a few.

Have a good day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

Jay -- it is too bad that one finds such workmanship on new construction.  Hopefully you were able to do a pre-drywall inspection, if this is the kind of work they were doing.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Jay, that looks to me like where the protective coating didn't get all peeled away.  Possible?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

Susan - they smooshed a little drywall compound beside it to try to seal it up.  C'mon...

James - because they don't yet see the need.  They might after moving in!

Wallace - protection from what?

Hard to know Lenn.  This is a custom builder two.  There are only two houses here and I am inspecting them both (pre-drywall and final).

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

No Fred.  If you look microscopically at skin, especially on the nose, you see some nasty skin pours and hairs.  Very microscopically that is.  They dented that hood and there are gaps on both sides. 

Clint - and they think this is fine.  I don't think I'm being picky here pointing this out.

Steven - I did do the predrywall and was impressed.  Even wrote a blog about it - and their best practices.

Charlie - it is at the bottom and in the corner.  Which is bad enough.  But up both sides are gaps and one dent.  The buyer said it was a lot of money and wasn't pleased!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Looks like schmuck work. You can see the finger prints and gaps really well in the photo. It has to be much worse in person. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

It's a new house Jim!  Show some pride.  Yes, sometimes photos don't do justice.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay, I thought that stainless steel appliances were made with the specific purpose of showing off finger prints :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

They are Charlie, especially when you mix and match the silver range with the more gold exhaust hood!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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