Home Inspector in Phoenixville finds Flooring Defects in New Home

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Home Inspector in Phoenixville finds Flooring Defects in New Home

 

home inspector phoenixvilleAs a home inspector in Phoenixville, I have customers call my office every now and then and ask if they really need a home inspection if the house they are buying is new construction.  

 

It's always a good idea to have a home inspection prior to settlement.  This is when you have the best leverage to ensure the builder or seller takes care of any issues before you take possession

 

One issue that comes up every now and then when I do a home inspection on a new home in Phoenixville is flooring defects from improperly installed wood floors.

 

home inspector in phoenixville finds flooring defects in new homeTongue and groove solid wood flooring is a high quality, long lasting floor covering that can be installed throughout the house including in the kitchen, bathrooms and basement. 

 

It is a popular upgrade in new construction and rehabbed properties but needs to be properly installed to prevent future damage and defects. 

 

One common issue that I see in new  is slight buckling, cupping or lifting at the seams.  Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to correct these issues without replacing the damaged sections of flooring.

 

Proper installation can greatly reduce future flooring defects.  First, make sure your subfloor is level and your hardwood flooring is acclimated to the room’s humidity and temperature according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.  Acclimating the flooring to the room’s humidity requires that the wood be removed from the boxes and stacked in the room that it is to be installed so that air can flow freely around the entire surface all of the wood.  This is rarely done properly and can increase the risk of slight buckling after installation.  Boards from different boxes also should be mixed so that the flooring has a blended color without patchiness.  It is also important that the flooring be installed after the house is conditioned.  High humidity levels or moisture can increase the risk of cupping.

 

So as long as your new hardwood floors were installed properly, you'll have many wonderful years to enjoy them!  And don't take chances with one of the largest purchases you may ever make.  Get a home inspection and have that peace-of-mind!

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Joe Petrowsky
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From your photo, I would say that floor has a major defect. Nice job with your post!

Feb 13, 2016 05:54 AM #1
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David Artigliere
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Thanks Joe, the buckling can be far more subtle in the improperly installed floors I've seen but this one sure shows it well!

Feb 13, 2016 05:59 AM #2
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Noah Seidenberg
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Interesting David, I really learned something here. You can't assume that just because it is new construction there will be no defects.

Feb 13, 2016 07:20 AM #3
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David Artigliere
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Unfortunately "new" doesn't mean "perfect".  Sometimes it's something a builder innocently misses or  the subcontractors doesn't follow the manufacturer's instructions on properly installing a component in the home.  Even if you have a 1 year warranty of a new home, it's best to use your leverage prior to settlement to resolve any issues.

 

Feb 13, 2016 07:40 AM #4
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Bob Ratliff
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Yes most definitely I recommend our buyers use a independent inspector not associated with the builder. Second pair of eyes catches many mistakes, sloppy craftsman ship. Buckling floors really sucks and I can't imagine a buyer not getting their own inspector inspect construction during building.

Feb 13, 2016 08:54 AM #5
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Debbie Reynolds
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I sold a new construciton home this week and yes I recommended a home inspeciton and she took my advice. It is never wrong.

Feb 13, 2016 10:23 AM #6
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Michael J. Perry
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Most buyers (and agents) don't realize that they should have their new construction purchase inspected.  

Feb 13, 2016 10:52 AM #7
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David Artigliere
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Bob, yes- even better! Buyers should be doing phase inspections along the way.

Feb 13, 2016 12:43 PM #8
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David Artigliere
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Michael- that's what I've found in my area as well. Trying to educate buyers so they don't get surprises later!

Feb 13, 2016 12:45 PM #9
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David Artigliere
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Hi Debbie, that's great you're on board with protecting your buyers! Thanks for reading!

Feb 13, 2016 12:46 PM #10
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Joan Cox
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Hi David, nice to see you back!    Great information on flooring we can all use in our daily real estate showings! 

Feb 13, 2016 10:55 PM #11
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David Artigliere
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Thanks Joan-  Glad I could help!

Feb 14, 2016 12:13 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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David, your advice is sound.  Here buyers of new construction often deal directly with the builder should things go awry the first year. If they haven't gotten a home inspection at the time they purchase, I always strongly suggest that they do so about 10 months in -- a home inspector might catch problems that hadn't yet become apparent to the buyer.

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David Artigliere
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Exactly Lottie- that's great advice to buyers buying new construction!

Feb 15, 2016 04:19 AM #14
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