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This Kitchen Cabinet Front Is A "Repair" In New Construction

This kitchen cabinet front is a "repair" in new construction.

Imagine buying a house for over 7 figures.  What would you expect?

The best?  Good but not the best?

LESS THAN THE BEST?

During the great reveal is this what you, as the buyer, would want to encounter?

Obviously the kitchen "professionals" who put together this kitchen broke this cabinet front.

Now think carefully. 

Do you think any kitchen installer who was remodeling his own kitchen would install this front in his house?

What do you think his wife and family would think of his work?

To attempt to glue pieces back together, and then to fill the cracks with a putty not even close to the color of the cabinet front is pathetic.

PATHETIC!  THERE IS NO OTHER WORD.

And the supervisor, who works for a builder who says "you don't need a private home inspection because we and the county do zillions of inspections to make sure you get a good house," has seen this and apparently thinks it is appropriate to palm off on the buyer.

Now surely the buyers would have seen this sooner or later and demanded a repair.

But to find it during the home inspection is what we inspectors do!

My recommendation:  don't EVER think that because a house is new that it is error free!   And, as I have said and written many times, a Golden Rule business is a rare find.  The Golden Rule has been tarnished to the point that it is almost non-existent.  Would that this was not the case.  But alas!  You know what happens when you assume so don't assume you do not need a home inspection on new construction!

 

 

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 16 commentsJay Markanich • February 09 2018 11:07AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich I had to look twice at that photo and then go back and reread that it IS new construction.... unbelievable!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

Barbara - I'd say "HA!!" if this wasn't so sad.  And when I say I see this sort of thing all the time please believe me.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

Yes, new homes also need inspection to catch any work that's not been done to industry standards and see if there were any short cuts employed

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 6 months ago

Good morning Jay. A crap repair is a crap repair at any price! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Sham - see Wayne's comment below yours.  And you were right on.

Wayne - sometimes big bucks equals big crap.  This is the same house as the roof flashing yesterday!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

Ewww....that would be a major reason not to recommend that builder EVER...a little hard to overlook !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

What, S&D?  You don't have Schmoll Bros in Wisconsin?

Think carefully...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

Oh man, that is shameless! There should be some red faces in the sales office!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 6 months ago

Methinks they don't care, Fred.  If they did that would not be the presentation.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

If the builder knew about the door then  they should have left a  note or even the person who broke the door.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 6 months ago

It's hard to believe that builders can stay in business with this kind of workmanship.  If this were my new house and I saw this, alarm bells would sound and I would tear the house apart looking for other instances of poor/shoddy workmanship.  They probably would be adding a few weeks to their build schedule till I was completely happy.  Is that really cost effective?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) 6 months ago

William - I think someone, perhaps the supervisor, found the broken door and had someone "fix" it!

Stephen - my previous flashing post was this same house.  There were many things!  These two blogs are only two of them!  I did the house next door a few days before this inspection and it had a multiplicity of problems too!  And you know this builder.  Sounds like Schmovnanian.  But, it's never the builder.  Schmuck work is done by the supervisor on site and the subs hired to do the job.  And these were lacking.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

Jay - You make an excellent point about the importance of having a home inspector involved even in new home sales.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Thanks, Myrl, a point I have been trying to make for years!  With examples as to why!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

Just saw a new house today where the cabinet door rub badly on each other. New home inspections need to have more than just electric, plumbing, and mechanical checks.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 6 months ago

Joe - home inspections check everything.  Even to see if any drawers or doors in the cabinet are blocked or don't run properly on the glide track.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 6 months ago

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