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What You Get With Your New House Is Always What It's Cracked Up To Be?

What you say?  Your new house is always what it's cracked up to be?

Don't you mean ISN'T what it's cracked up to be?

No, I mean IS.  When cracks abound that is...

And you ask, "How can there be any cracks?  It's new construction?" 

People are told that with the thousands of codes, and dozens of diligent inspections performed by the local jurisdictional authority, and the supervisor on site every day inspecting every minute of every aspect of every job, a private home inspection simply isn't necessary.  And in a perfect world that might be true.

But this is not a perfect world.

People often ask me if this or that is a good builder.  My answer is -- it depends on the supervisor who is on site every day, and the subcontractors they use. 

All of the builders have good architects, and put out good specifications.  But all of that has to be transformed from the blue print to a 3D structure.  And who does that transformation?

This is a cracked top near the bathroom hardware fixtures.

They were simply tightened too hard.

The top cracked.

When things like this crack it makes a loud sound.

The installer heard that sound.

And it was left that way by the subcontractor.

Did the supervisor notice?  Or want the buyers not to notice?  I don't know.  Living there this would be discovered very soon.

This is the door of a kitchen cabinet.

The crack wasn't noticed until you moved the door.

The magnet held the door in place so the crack was not opened up.

Surely the installer knew this.

And it was left this way by the subcontractor.

 

Did the supervisor notice?  Or want the buyers not to notice?  I don't know.  Living there this would have been discovered very soon.

Obviously this window frame was cracked for some time.  There is mud inside.

The screen is dented too.

This was noticed when it was done because it also had to have made a loud sound and someone cleaned up the pieces.

And it was left this way by the subcontractor.

Did the supervisor notice?  Or want the buyers not to notice?  I don't know.  Living there this would have been discovered very soon.

Actually later the buyers called me to say the supervisor said to them this was so the window could drain.  I about drove off the road from laughing so hard!

The water was turned off when I began the inspection.  Now, I am not into turning valves on and off in houses.  But this just had to be noted!

Going to see why this is what I discovered.

The rear hose bib had been shut off.

I said, the rear hose bib had ... um, like, hey dude, um, like, you know, wow, that's, um, the water main.

OFTEN PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE ME!
YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!
PICTURES SAY A JILLION WORDS!

My recommendation:  people are often talked out of having a private home inspection on new construction.  They are told it isn't important, it's a waste of money, it's a waste of time, yadda, yadda.  Well, if you believe that please come buy stock in my bridge.  Spanning beach to beach.  Between Alaska and Russia.  And have a nice day!

 

 

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 11 commentsJay Markanich • December 28 2014 04:06AM

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Good morning Jay. It is amazing what subcontractors leave or try to hide. Maybe they think that nobody will notice it. You are right! We can't make this stuff up. It is what it is.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Be sure to winterize your water main, Michael.

Not entirely sure Paco understands the concept, but that's just me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Oh my!  A cracked window frame, broken cabinet door, and cracked sink top are totally understandable in already lived-in homes. But new construction? Someone wasn't paying attention ....  or was in a big hurry.

Inspections are definitely needed with new construction as well as previously owned homes.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 4 years ago

It is what it is Kat.  They had to get in all done by the end of the quarter!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

"diligent inspections performed by the local jurisdictional authority, "

How diligent can an inspection be in 3 minutes?

"the supervisor on site every day inspecting every minute of every aspect of every job"

"where did this pipe dream originate?"

"a private home inspection simply isn't necessary"

HA!

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Jay  A couple of years ago my home inspector found the was no chimney parts installed in the fireplace!  New construction...

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 4 years ago

Sloppy sloppy sloppy... we see it all the time, we talk about it all the time. CYA!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

The end product of anything is the result of that which is put into it Jay Markanich , not all the ingredients are good.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 4 years ago

It's all time and money Lenn.  That's always the bottom line.

John - that's a big deal no matter what kind of chimney!

Fred - and we are taken to task by the builders as wrenches in the works...

Tom - garbage not in, gargabe not out.  Etc.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

You hire an inspector to do their job.  If you are not going to trust their findings why hire one.  We moved in around October and are still working with the builder.  His time is getting short before we take him to court.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

Wow, James.  Sounds like the house has some issues!  Did the builder disagree with your inspector?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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