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How Would You Like To Walk Around Your New House And See This?

How would you like to walk around your new house and see this?

You have your final walk through and you are walking around what will be your new home.  It's time for the great reveal!  You are excited and waiting to see what's in store.

 

The foundation has never been painted.  It is supposed to be the same color as the siding.

Siding material is laying around.  It's in the yard and on top of the fire escape hatch. 

It's strewn under the rear sitting porch.

Trash. 

There's no other word for it, but trash.

 

 

 

 

 

Not only is trash strewn around the yard, and under the porch, but all over under the porch.

Bottles, cans, siding, long pieces of rebar, and electric wiring are also laying around, thrown with impunity under the porch.

The soil has not been smoothed.

There are piles of rough dirt here and holes there.

It's ugly beyond belief.

 

 

 

The rear porch, a wonderful feature, has a Trex decking.

Trex is a composite-material product made from wood and plastic.

It's long lasting.  It won't warp, split, or move.

The new porch decking is covered with mud never cleaned off.

Lovely.

 

 

 

My recommendation:  it does not take a home inspector to see such a condition when walking around a new home.  The home inspection report will reflect the condition.  BUT WHAT THESE THINGS  REALLY INDICATE IS THE CONDITION OF THE SUPERVISOR AND SUBS.  And something of the pride, or LACK OF PRIDE, that is the true reveal when the new home is opened for final walk through.  This is disappointing to say the least.

 

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 14 commentsJay Markanich • May 24 2016 03:41AM

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It is just downright sad to see how little pride some people take in their work.  Very sad.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 2 years ago

Photos say it all, Susan.  The final walk through was a little later than afternoon. 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jay.  As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  I don't believe I would sign any papers at the closing table until the issue was taken care of

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) about 2 years ago

This was typical of the attitude, James, but NOT the biggest problems found!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

A buiilder with no sense of respect for the customers he serves...urgh !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. This is so disappointing and sad. I wouldn't close until this stuff was corrected before.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Seems like the builder lacked a sense of pride. That alone should make one wonder! Enjoy your day! 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) about 2 years ago

I would feel like I chose the wrong builder and be very wary of the quality inside!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 2 years ago

With this level of disrespect for the condition of the property, I have to agree with Fred, where else did they cut corners?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 2 years ago

They will hear that this stuff "is already on my list" from the supervisor, S&D.

Sheila - fortunately settlement is a week away.

Pride says it all, Wayne.  True words.

Fred - on the pre-drywall the balloon wall was 18" off the beam.  Really.

Stephen - their contract states any substitutions will be made with "substantially similar materials."  Everyone else got an architectural, 30 year roof.  This house has a regular shingle.  When I said it was different, the builder says it meets their substitution criteria!  Okaaaaay...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Hi Jay - There are a couple of builders here who leave homes in this kind of condition, and we find that it reflects their overall quality of workmanship. They're not our favorites.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 2 years ago

In my opinion, Dick, this is pitiful.  And I will be made the bad guy...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

Indifference and not the best way to turn a home over to a new owner, especially new construction

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 2 years ago

Well said, Ed.  I will assume that the buyers will complain enough to get these things taken care of, but wow, to see it on the final walk through day?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 years ago

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