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

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

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!

 

 

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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


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Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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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!!!

Feb 09, 2018 03:10 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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.

Feb 09, 2018 03:15 AM #2
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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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

Feb 09, 2018 03:36 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

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

Feb 09, 2018 04:46 AM #4
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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!

Feb 09, 2018 05:06 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

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

Feb 09, 2018 05:56 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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

Think carefully...

Feb 09, 2018 06:06 AM #7
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

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

Feb 09, 2018 06:41 AM #8
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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

Feb 09, 2018 06:44 AM #9
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

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

Feb 09, 2018 09:23 AM #10
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Stephen Weakley
Nationwide Mortgage Services - Rockville, MD

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?

Feb 09, 2018 10:36 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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.

Feb 09, 2018 01:48 PM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

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

Feb 09, 2018 04:13 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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

Feb 09, 2018 04:14 PM #14
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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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.

Feb 09, 2018 07:56 PM #15
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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.

Feb 10, 2018 01:55 AM #16
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