What would you think at final walk through if landscaping was dead?
We scheduled the walk through. We went to the walk through. The doors were unlocked by the builder for the walk through.
It was time for the grand presentation - the great reveal - of my clients' new house. And we were there to inspect it!
Walking around the outside we were disappointed to see a 9' Holly Tree that was obviously dead.
The decorative grasses and small shrubs along the sidewalk leading to the front door were obviously dead.
In the back yard the lone Cherry Blossom tree had its small limbs easily break off and looked brown inside. At the base I chipped off some loose bark to reveal what looked like a dead interior. My pen went right inside!
Two things are supposed to happen before planting is done:
1. The soil here has a high clay content. It is supposed to be added to with good top soil and sand to break up the clay so it is more conducive to plantings. Landscapers are supposed to know all this!
2. If it is really cold the builders are supposed to wait for warmer weather. In this case all the plantings were done during a really cold snap in February.
So, if you were buying a house to find that your landscaping was dead, what would you expect the supervisor to say?
Here we heard, "We do this all the time. The plants always come back."
Not so sure!
My recommendation: you never know what will be found on a new construction inspection! Inside, outside, it doesn't matter. You MUST have a good look at the property, and in some instances think ahead. These clients thought ahead to spring, and wanted the guarantee that anything that did not "come back" was on schedule to be replaced!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560