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New Construction - $1M+ - You'd Think They'd Do Better

New construction - $1M+ - you'd think they'd do better.

Everything was high end - materials, appliances, and there was an elevator to all four floors.

The HVAC professional drew an arrow to attempt to inform the buyer which way the air was flowing.

This is so an air filter can be put in with the air flow arrow pointing in the right direction.

Air ALWAYS flows toward the unit.

But this "professional" drew the arrow in the wrong direction!

The yellow arrow is mine.  I put it there so I could put this photo on the report.

Of course we talked about it during the inspection and how to properly insert the filter.

We both just shook our heads.

You'd think when you spend so much money buying a house that the little things would be properly taken care of.

But think again!

My recommendation:  keep in mind that new construction requires a home inspection.  No matter the price!  Be circumspect!  Call an informed and certified home inspector who sees the big and little things.  And in Northern Virginia insist on Jay Markanich.

 

 

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 27 commentsJay Markanich • September 15 2018 09:32AM

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Good morning, Jay Markanich that's unbelievable.... and I agree that every new home MUST have a home inspection... subcontractors make errors.... the builder is doing the hiring and not every builder looks for quality....they want the best price first!! this is what happens.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Oh dear, that's a big sloppy. Agree with the take away though, Jay. It's important for buyers to hire an inspector to make sure things, such as this one, didn't fall through the cracks. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 2 months ago

Oh golly gee ....one more time when "assuming" does not accomplish the desired result !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 2 months ago

Barbara - once they had the unit set up so the air was flowing the entirely opposite direction!

It's an easy fix, D&B, but indicative of so much!  Now what else?  Turns out there was a lot of what else.

The filter was right, the arrow was not S&D.  Interesting.  There were many other things though!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Good morning Jay. While builders balk, inspections at different phases of construction can be beneficial to all. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

They almost always balk, Wayne!  The other day after a pre-drywall inspection  my client said the supervisor was listening to me from another part of the house and thought I did a great job.  He said usually the inspector isn't so educational.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Hi Jay,
Totally agree that even new construction needs an inspection.  One new construction that I sold revealed the roof was not installed properly and had to be redone. 

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 2 months ago

Hi Jay- just because it's new construction or a million bucks doesn't mean that you don't need an inspection. Good one, Jay!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 2 months ago

Carol - here the roof was okay, but the siding (James Hardie) was not!

Kathy - as you know I have had dozens of posts on new construction gone wild.  This is the most recent!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

                  

                                  Thank you, Jay. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 2 months ago

Sometimes expensives homes can become even more expensive than expected if you don't get a home inspection done. It's a must to get an inspection done no matter the cost.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 2 months ago

Thanks Kathy!  Sometimes the simple things become very important!

Debe - in this case I caught a lot of things that were very important.  My client was happy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Jay, I don't see how this simple fact can be reversed.  Only due to pure negligence.  Reviewing other's work is important as seemingly innocuous items go awry.  I had a nice interview with a magazine that was published with half of last months article pasted into the end!  An editor did not proofread it.  You have people cutting corners to get things done and no budget for someone to make sure it is correctly done.  In this case the builder's construction manager should have caught that but...

Posted by John Henry, Residential Architect, Custom Home Design (John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc.) 2 months ago

John - cutting corners is a problem that will never go away!  In this case the fix is blacking out the wrong arrow and putting one in the right direction.  But you are right, the supervisor should have caught it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Another great example of why a home inspection is necessary, even with new construction (and even with new expensive construction!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 2 months ago

I am continually amazed, but not surprised, at what I find in new homes, Kat.  No matter the price.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

Wow...goes to show you the value of an inspection!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 2 months ago

Hi Jay

Wow, that's pretty sloppy. And of course it makes you worried about what else might be wrong, big or small.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 2 months ago

Jay I have seen so many high end homes and all I could do is cringe. There is a high-rise luxury rental in my area, the quality is questionable at best, so I am with you 100% new construction is built by people and people need to be double checked, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 2 months ago

Sharon - you don't have to convince me of the value of an inspection!

Jeff - and there was plenty wrong here, some of which was significant!

For sure, Endre.  Price doesn't matter.  Good appliances are just that, but if not installed right their value diminishes.  Any product installed wrong is problematic.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

I see it and say it over and over again to people... the builder does not build your house, sub-contractors do! Do you know those contractors? Better get it inspected!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) 2 months ago

Sometimes it seems that newer construction is worse than older homes.  I've seen too many homes around $1 million that have cheap mistakes.  I have a hunch some of this is saving money/carelessness.  but, some may be the subs not being supervised or the contractor putting pressure on the subs to come in cheap with their prices. 

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) 2 months ago

Well said, Fred.  When people ask me if this is a good or bad builder, I say it depends on the supervisor on site every day and the subs.  By the way, my favorite sub is steak and cheese, with extra fried onions.

I have said that for years, Debbie!  Professionalism has waned in the last 20 years or so.  I also call it 7-11 Construction - the builder goes to the 7-11 in the morning and asks for plumbers.  50 guys run up saying they are plumbers.  Yeah, right.

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 2 months ago

I tell my investors to get inspections on new construction because as long as they are built by humans screw ups can happen.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 2 months ago

Sound advice Joe!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 2 months ago

I am representing a new construction buyer in that price range and told him he needed to get a home inspection.  New construction is disappointing if you are expecting perfection.  Builders make mistakes.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 18 days ago

Chris Ann - Oftentimes the biggest mistake is going to 7-11 in the morning to pick up "plumbers"...

Builders don't build houses.  Subs do.  Not hoagies - subs.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) 18 days ago

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