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A Dangerous And Virtually Unusable Kitchen Cabinet

This is a dangerous and virtually unusable kitchen cabinet.

This is a new house!  The homeowners have yet to settle.  Nobody has lived in it.

There is an electric cook top tucked into the granite counter. 

And this is what you see underneath.

First, of all there is so much extra and unnecessary electrical cable servicing the cook top it is embarrassing.

Second, it is all so dusty it is embarrassing.

Third, the downdraft exhaust fan mechanism and tubing are placed to  take up so much space it is embarrassing.

Fourth, not only is there duct tape used in the installation, but it is so ugly it is embarrassing.

Fifth, the electrical wiring is inappropriately stripped and exposed,  and so dangerous it is embarrassing.

This is a high-amperage appliance with high-amperage electrical service!  You don't even want the opportunity to nick or damage it!

Was the individual involved with this gem of a kitchen appliance installation a "professional?"

Is this what is done in all this builder's houses?

Is this what the "supervisor" sees and passes as acceptable?  I would be embarrassed.

My recommendation:  new construction inspections are essential.  I recommend two - the pre-drywall and the final just before closing.  You never know what you will find!  I do a lot of these.  People ask what is the most common thing I find.  There is no common thing!  Issues are all over the map.  The quality of the construction of a house depends on two things - the supervisor who is on site every day and the subcontractors hired to do the work.  When they don't care about quality, as evidenced by the photo above, watch out!

 

 

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 17 commentsJay Markanich • July 28 2015 02:28AM

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a good electrician is a good man to know - a good inspector is even better! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 5 years ago

And supervisors and subcontractors can be woth a dime a dozen Lise.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Oh wow, that is really bad work.  You're right - it's embarrassing.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay.  With three strikes you're out and four you're out the door.  I wonder, no I know the supervisor didn't even look at the work.  Sad very sad..

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 5 years ago

It truly is Debbie.

He then, James, is no supervisor.  I rest my case.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, embarassing does not begin to describe this shoddy work! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 5 years ago

Wow! Thanks for blogging about this very important topic.  That pretty much shows that the installer was a shadow tree mechanic.  They didn't care for the safety of the system or the looks.  Its amazing what we find in homes!!!

Posted by Sham Reddy CRS, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 5 years ago

Sloppy work, no question. Embarrassing? LOL, you certainly have a flair for the dramatic :)

I don't understand your comment regarding the fan making the cabinet space unusable. I have never found a cook top, fan combo with usable counter space below. One of the draw backs of the in counter cook top. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Looks like someone was trying to put 10#s of maure in a 1# can!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

Jay Markanich We have long held this very same opinion. Builders are not present 24/7 during the construction of their homes and the lack of proper oversight can be troubling. That's why we have YOU!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) about 5 years ago

The subs should be fired. The job superintendant should be fired. End of case.

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

Wayne - I thought that was a good word.  It would be my feelings had I been the supervisor.

Sham - we see things that even after all these years surprise me!

Jim - that is a photo of the under cook top cabinet in my kitchen.  I just took the photo.  Maybe I could have cleaned it up a bit, but it holds our crock pots, waffle iron and a bunch of pans.  In contrast, I have never seen a cabinet that is NOT unusable, and certainly not like the one in the house in the post.

And you can't fool me, if you were the supervisor you would not have signed off on the work in this post as properly finished without a great deal of embarrassment!  I know you too well!  And not being dramatic or with flair!

Raymond - not a bad analogy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

S&N - I just came out of a pre-drywall inspection.  It wasn't pretty.

Why do you say that Fred.  I bet the supervisor isn't even embarrassed (too much flair?).  And the subs obviously don't know better.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Doesn't recommend the builder, does it?

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Lenn - this is a $2.4M house!  And a custom builder.  Jim up there says I am being dramatic.  Really?  This is embarrassing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Can you imagine little children opening that cabinet and playing with whatever they find? 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 5 years ago

Yep!  And it would be a high amperage game Stephen.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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