This Must Be Considered "Finished Carpentry" On Some New Construction

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

At this point in my career as a home inspector I like to say that I am continually amazed but seldom surprised. 

This must be considered "finished carpentry" on some new construction.  HOW UNFORTUNATE.

There is laminate flooring throughout the house.  Looking like hardwood flooring, it must be treated as such when the finished carpentry is done.

Trim and molding needs to be set right.  Things should fit together attractively. 

FINISHED CARPENTRY SHOULD LOOK FINISHED.

Most of the doors in this house looked like this.

This is the left side of the master bathroom door.

The room is set up such that from the bed the bathroom and both closet doors would be viewed from the bed.

This gap looks right into the wall behind.

The door trim is dinged.

The molding is dinged.

The threshold to the bathroom is dinged.

And air can be felt coming from that hole under the right side of the door trim.

The door trim should go to the floor!

It should not be damaged and the floor molding should be fitted to it and look decorative.

Similarly, this is what you would see under the right side of that same door!

The paint job is sloppy.

The door trim and floor molding is weird at best.

The laminate flooring does not come together properly.

Air can be felt coming from under this trim too!

And in both of these photos the cleaning crew has already "prepared" the place for the buyer to move in!

Throughout the house only a couple of doors were done by someone who seems to know what he is doing.

THE REST DEMONSTRATE THIS LEVEL OF "PROFESSIONALISM."

My eighth-grade shop teacher would give a D for this only because the kid tried.

He would have taken this "professional" carpenter to the woodshed!  Along with the building supervisor.

My recommendation:  NEW CONSTRUCTION DOES NOT MEAN YOU DON'T NEED A HOME INSPECTION.  My clients had been in this house many times and had not noticed these doors.  People don't know what they don't know!  There were a dozen other similarly unprofessional things done in this house.  Taken individually a buyer might not think it too much to overcome to make the house right.  But taken as a group of VERY unprofessional things done by different contractors any buyer would wonder greatly.  This buyer did.

 

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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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Jay Markanich
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John - you know he does, but this builder is probably uninformed.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1577379/put-yer-putty-

August 21, 2012 02:54 AM
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Donald Hester
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Jay, Finish carpentry takes time so who wants to do that? Caulk and putty are today's finish work.

August 21, 2012 11:00 PM
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Jay Markanich
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I know Don!  What were these people thinking!?  When caulk, putty (and duct tape) is so available, they are fooling around with floor trim.

Think about it.

August 22, 2012 12:53 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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This is yet another reason strongly recommend that your clients call Jay if you afre withing a hundred or so miles of Bristow!  He finds everything, and he really knows how to explain it to our clients.

August 23, 2012 06:22 PM
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Jay Markanich
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Thanks very much Pat!  That's a big area!

August 24, 2012 03:31 AM
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