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Should A Builder Change An Installation To Accommodate The Buyer?

Should a builder change an installation to accommodate a buyer?

This is a good one.  The buyer of this house wanted a basement laundry room in addition to the normal one on the bedroom level.  The builder said fine.

This is what we found on the pre-drywall inspection.

But when the installation was complete the buyer was not satisfied.

Why?

Because the supply plumbing (plastic CPVC) runs under the duct right in front of where the washing machine will sit.

What's wrong with that?

That supply tubing is only 6'3" high.

The buyer is 6'5" tall!  And he wants it moved.

In my opinion the installation as it is now was not well done.  Plumbing should always be run near to walls and not in places where it is vulnerable to accidental damage.

Even if the buyer was not 6'5" tall this plumbing is run in a precarious place.  Plus, it was loose and wobbly.

So, should the installation be moved to accommodate the buyer? 

YES!  And not only because he is tall, but because it was not a smart installation to begin with.

My recommendation:  sometimes things should be done because that is what the client wants, but also if something is done in a way that invites accidents it should be changed!  Most accidents are set up in advance.  And this is one of them!   Should this be changed?  In my opinion - it should.

 

 

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 7 commentsJay Markanich • April 17 2017 09:46AM

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Good thing you were looking out for him Jay. How did this one turn out?

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) about 1 year ago

They should do it because he is the customer! Looks like it would have been relatively simple to run it down on the other side of the duct... no? Sheeesh!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 1 year ago

It was just on Saturday, Maggie.  I haven't heard yet.

Fred - I did not understand how they ran those lines anyway, no matter the height of the client.  But in this case the client should rule.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 year ago

The builder probably sent a low level staffer out there and told him to install it with no real trades knowledge.  Most owners would not have known the difference.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 1 year ago

The "professionals" they pick up at the 7-11 are typically short, Stephen.

Not kidding.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 year ago

Hey Jay - I totally agree, it should be moved. Good builders should be able to foresee a problem and take measures to prevent them.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) about 1 year ago

It should be moved because it's a bad installation, Eric, but especially because it is lower than the buyer's head.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 1 year ago

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