Here we are standing on a new construction hardwood floor - is this "cosmetic?"
We are in the wide hallway leading from a grand entrance and into a sweeping kitchen opening to a very large, bright family room beyond.
This is a multi-million dollar house.
As you walk in the front door and walk down that hallway, a few yards in front you see a little dab of white.
From the distance it looks like it might be a piece of paper or swaddle of cloth laying on the floor.
The closer you get you realize it is something in the floor.
Looking closely you see it is caulking!
White caulking, filling what was apparently a ding or knot in the brown hardwood flooring!
It is dead center in the hallway.
Not only did the flooring "professional" see a piece of flooring with an open gash, but rather than cutting off a small piece of the end he installed it!
Not only did the flooring "professional" install it, he filled the open gash with white caulking!
Not only did the flooring "professional" fill the open gash with white caulking, but when the floor was finished, the white caulking was covered with two coats of polyurethane!
The filled spot is 2 1/2" long! It is 1/2" wide!
IT WAS NOT INSTALLED YESTERDAY!
The flooring "professional" walked on it for many days if not weeks!
The building "supervisor" walked on it for many days if not weeks!
It has been here for many days if not weeks!
When asked about the spot, and the professionalism of the flooring installer, the buyer was told the flooring "professional" has 20 years experience. The buyer was also told this was a "mistake" and would be corrected.
My comment was that a "professional" with 20 years experience would not make this "mistake."
And if he does, he should not be installing hardwood flooring in homes of any price.
It would not have been out of line to suggest that a "supervisor" would not let this installation last long. And if he does, he should not be supervising construction in homes of any price.
WOULDN'T YOU AGREE?
Is this simply "cosmetic," or worse?
My recommendation: it's the little things! New construction inspections are odd in that the weirdest things can pop up. These buyers had not been in the house to see this and it certainly did not take a home inspector to find it. But it did make for fun conversation!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560