What I'm Seeing Now

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Welcome To Our New House!

Welcome to our new house!

This is a new home.  Nobody has lived there yet.

When the buyers are invited by the builder to finally see it and have their final walk through, how would you like to walk up to your new front door and see this?

To top it off, when that "final" coat of paint was put on the temperatures outdoors were too cold.

Most exterior paints should not be applied when the outdoor temperature is under 50F, and the coat put on should dry completely before the temperature dips below 50F. 

For some paints that criterion is 55F.

Red paints are typically thinner because they require a neutral base.  To gain the red color requires a lot of pigment, and only a neutral-based paint, which is a very thin formula necessarily, can accept that much tint.

As such, red paints almost always require 3 coats.  Well, three coats of paint in the winter would usually mean three different days as when temperatures are colder it takes longer for the paint to dry.  If the paint is not completely dried when the door is closed, it will stick to the weather stripping and pull off when the door is opened.

You can get around that somewhat by putting a Scotch tape on the weather stripping (a seasoned and professional painter's trick) but most painters in today's construction crews (picked up at 7-11 for the day) would not know that.

And this door was a mess! 

I looked at the couples' faces when they walked up and saw the front door.  I did not have to say a word.  The couple asked, "Are they going to leave the door like this?"

My recommendation:  when building a new home things have to be done in the proper order, and under proper conditions.  But certainly, CERTAINLY, when the house is revealed you want it to have it's best face on!  A front door is the greeting to a house.  It should have some, um, curb and front-porch appeal!

 

 

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 • December 28 2017 10:40AM

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If I bought a new home and walked up and saw that door, I would not be happy. And I would look at EVERYTHING in the house suspiciously. If they can't get a door right, what else was wrong?

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 9 months ago

Let's see, Kat.  I had 20 photos on that house, which is a lot for new construction, and a bunch of thermal images!

The photo here shows that shingles had been left on the roof.

And all over the roof!  That's just one spot.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Morning Jay.

A high today of 37 and Sunday 19.  No painting for us, at least for the next 7 days

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 9 months ago

That picture is a testament to why it is often a good idea for homebuyers to procure a home inspection from an independent inspector, even when buying new homes.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

Good morning Jay. Talk about taking the air out of the balloon! What was the condition behind the door? Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 9 months ago

Good morning Jay Markanich ,

OMG..this builder doesn't get it! I would be mortified. I'm so glad the buyer hired an inspector to go through the house. I always recommend a minimum of 2 inspections..one before sheet rock and one when completed. I would be suspect of how the rest of the home was constructed when the face of the home is left like this for the buyer at a walk through!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 9 months ago

Good morning jay. How very sad. When you should be thrilled and happy, to see this would make anyone wonder what they got into.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 9 months ago

The same goes for caulking on the outside of a home below 50. If I saw this door I would lose that loving feeling.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 9 months ago

James - I have seen builders put painters on the job when the temps were in the 20s.  Ridiculous.

Myrl - ain't that cuuuute?  I have had many new construction posts showing zillions of reasons why to have an inspection.

Wayne - my inspection and our walk through was certainly a balloon popper.

Dorie - the supervisor would probably say "that is only our first coat.  We have to wait for warmer weather..."  But that coat was put on when it was really cold.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Sheila - they weren't thrilled or happy!  But we wrote everything down and they wanted in writing that the builder was going to look at it and fix it all.

You are exactly right, Joe.  Caulking is a spring or fall thing.  And the loving feeling dissipated really quickly here.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

You only get one chance to make a good first impression... they failed miserably! LOL

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 9 months ago

I don't see how they get any outdoor painting done this time of year.  Looks like temps won't get above 30 degrees for the next 10 days.  Time to throw another log on the fire!

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 9 months ago

This was not the only fail, Fred.  Despite the builder's demand that we be there that day, the house was NOT ready for us to do our thing.

Stephen - some builders write into the contract the painting they will come back to do in the spring.  That's a better practice than this.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Jay Markanich 
Happy Healthy New Yeaar to you and yours!
Not a good sign for whatever was covered up inside either!
All the best - Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) 9 months ago

Same to you too, Lynn.  Yes, outside and inside this house had a lot to say!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

Oh good grief Jay Markanich that builder obviously doesn't undertand that you can only make a great first impression once!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 9 months ago

Thanks Lisa.  Hence the word "first!"

And believe me, this was not the only thing!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 9 months ago

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