When finally the builder reveals your new home, he should be proud to show that it's the finish work that makes a new home sparkle.
These photos all come from the same condo. This is not a cheap condo! In my opinion it is very expensive - think somewhere between $500K and $1M.
It is my opinion that when you pay that kind of money for something the something should reflect your money's worth.
Let me share a few photos from a recent final walk through. These aren't all of them! But I will share nonetheless.
Amazingly I would said that 10% of the tiles in the kitchen splash block were cracked or broken. And they simply glued them onto the wall and spread grout! Well, you have to fill those holes with something! And the tile panels should sit evenly side to side! Notice how the tiles do not fit cleanly together three tiles to the left and five tiles to the right of the receptacle?
The home features dark hardwood flooring throughout.
With dark woods you have to pay attention to the finish work because everything shows up!
Spreading caulking unattractively to fill gaps shows up! Paint drips show up! Drywall joint compound powder that wasn't protected against shows up! Not finishing the floor molding shows up! Walls that are not square or plumb show up!
Some things might show up with lighter flooring too, but might not be so pronounced!
In my opinion long handles on the kitchen cabinetry are very good looking.
And in my opinion, if you're going to install them your jig should have them straight up and down, and parallel one to another!
Maybe I am just a purist, but when none of the abutting handles are parallel or the same distance from the edge of the door, I happen to notice.
When I point things such as these out to my clients and they bring them up to the supervisor the famous supervisor answer is "that's already on my list."
Okay, what's your plan on how to deal with them?
Oh, and please don't ask the original installers to try to make things better. They obviously don't know what they are doing.
My recommendation: you only get one chance to make a great first impression. The final walk through should be the opportunity to really show off your sparkle! You don't get a second chance. So why not do things really well the first time. If you do not, please don't get upset with a home inspector who happens to point them out!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560