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.
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.
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