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

Not sure what is going on here.  Yes this is the brand new kitchen cabinet over the brand new kitchen sink in the brand new kitchen of a brand new house!  Yes, to answer your next question, you have seen this house many times recently!  This is a new construction inspection, one of the most instructive ever!

Now, there are various ways to find a stud in the wall, even behind a kitchen cabinet.  While it might not be possible through the cabinet, a stud finder can be employed on the wall above and below it!

Personally I would NOT suggest finding the nail with a nail gun.  And, if I was so, um, creative in using my nail gun in this way, I would NOT leave the nails and their holes so visible inside the cabinet.  If you feel so compelled to use a nail gun, maybe you could also use a little putty?

Happily, I was impressed to see they used proper screws and rims to secure the cabinet to the wall!  So I am guessing that this, um, method of creative nail gun use was not to hang the cabinet on the wall.

Maybe they used the nail gun to secure the kitchen vent tubing inside the wall RIGHT BEHIND THIS CABINET?

No, I am NOT kidding!*

My recommendation:  it is surprising to open kitchen cabinet doors sometimes on new construction inspections and see what is to be seen.  But I always do.  And if you are walking through your brand new house for the final walk through with your builder, you will want to do that too...

* You might also think I somehow stage all this stuff!  No, no I don't. 



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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

This does get fun sometimes Sally.  When I pull up to the house I start my list from the street and see how many things I can write down before I get out of the vehicle!  Going in is a regular detective show!

Nov 23, 2010 10:27 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Jay I think the person operating the nail gun was sneezing and couldn't stop LOL

Nov 23, 2010 10:31 PM #8
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Does look a bit crazed, huh James!?  And, when driving those nails in, how can you feel if you hit the stud...  (;>)

Nov 23, 2010 10:42 PM #9
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Jay, First question: Do you ever sleep? Second question: You do such a great, detailed job. How often to buyers back out after your inspection? Third question: Did this one? Have a Great Thanksgiving Jay, I'm thankful for your posts.

Nov 23, 2010 11:10 PM #10
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Cut it three times and it's still too short. I would be really concerned about what we don't see.

Nov 23, 2010 11:37 PM #11
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, this place has a lot of issues.  Either true amateurs, idiots or both.

Nov 23, 2010 11:39 PM #12
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


It seems logical that a builder would open all the doors in his comprehensive audit of quality achievement, prior to your inspection.  Ergo this was passed off as acceptable to the builder's standards.

It is a good thing the buyer hired you as a back-up for a reasonable quality function by the builder.

Nov 23, 2010 11:40 PM #13
Mike Leibel
CIR Realty - Condo Specialist - Calgary, AB
Associate Broker - REALTOR®

Heavens to Murgatroyd - and what about all those wires?  Yes, it's unfortunate that all too often it seems that the more progress we make, the less progress we make.

Nov 23, 2010 11:51 PM #15
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Jay - It's sad to see such a careless attitude and lack of concern for quality.  This house is a mess!

Nov 24, 2010 01:21 AM #16
Mike Weber
Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado - Fort Collins, CO
40+ years in Northern Colorado

Jay, I find myself logging in each day just to see the next installment of this series.  What is the pricepoint of this home?

Nov 24, 2010 01:54 AM #17
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Jay, it makes more sense to find out where the studs are "before" you cover them up with the cabinets.  Just sayin.........

Nov 24, 2010 02:10 AM #18
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

I am curious as to what the new buyers did, after they found out?  Crazy!

Nov 24, 2010 03:17 AM #19
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

More and more convinced, Jay, on home inspections for new homes as well!!!!

Nov 24, 2010 04:24 AM #20
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass

The sad thing this was not done at 4:45 on a Friday either lol

Enjoy the day

Nov 24, 2010 05:03 AM #21
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I inspected a new home the other day. It was almost without defects. Why? The owners were on site everyday and relentlessly scrutinized all the work being done. They did a fantastic job.

Looks like someone should been watching the guy with the nail gun on that job site.

Nov 24, 2010 09:34 AM #22
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Bob - First, no.  Second, thank you and yes, they do now and again.  Third, these folks didn't because the builder is on the hook for repairs, with a warranty.  Thanks, and a merry Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Randy - that is the big fear of most home inspectors!

Debbie - and many more posts could follow about this same house!  And yes, both.

Mike - I am such a pain in the ain for most builders I am surprised they don't hire me as a consultant to look things over before I actually come out...

Nov 24, 2010 09:49 AM #23
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Valerie - after one inspection, I actually wrote a letter, not an email, to the company president in Atlanta and he and a bunch of his upper ups actually came out to look at the house!  I don't know what happened after that!

Snagglepuss (Mike) - and we learn from history that we learn nothing from history.  Well, I do, of course!  That's a necessity when you inspect houses.

John - I have to admit to laughing a lot and shaking my head until it started hurting!

I said it in the first post, Mike.  Over $1 mil...  Wouldn't that little beaut make your proud?

Nov 24, 2010 09:52 AM #24
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well sure, Charlie, but c'mon, how cool is it to actually find the stud with a nail gun!?  I'm not sure it gets better than that.

Chris - they walked with me, twice.  The first was to see the house the first time and the second to see things after the "repairs..."

DeeDee - I have to think you were convinced a long time ago!

AM or PM Don?  These guys really did seem to be asleep at the wheel.

Jim - agreed, but don't get too close to that guy!  I had one a few years ago where the single lady buying the house went every day with beer and pizza for the workers.  They liked her a lot and really did a good job.  Not a bad technique!

Nov 24, 2010 09:55 AM #25
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

What a nasty cabinet installation.  Sure, it's going to be mostly hidden, but I'd think someone would have a  little more pride in their work.

Nov 24, 2010 02:37 PM #26
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I don't know how you hide that Reuben!  This is the cabinet over the microwave.  The cord is there to the right.  At this point the only solution is a really good putty job, or a new cabinet.  Those nails may have punctured the kitchen vent behind too!

Nov 24, 2010 11:12 PM #27
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