As you’ve seen throughout the entire building process of our home, we have been quite present. Never more than a day or two would go by that we didn’t visit the jobsite. Our builder was very patient with our frequent visits, and that was a definite plus. One thing to keep in mind, the more often you’re there, the more flaws you can bring to the attention of the builder. Maybe not ideal for the builder, but they’ll thank you later because these little flaws caught early will save your builder money. It’s easy for subcontractors to read the house blueprints wrong, or perhaps the builder already built this house plan and the first time it was built was slightly different than how you want your home built. It happens. Your builder is most likely managing several jobsites and is quite busy being inundated with emails, texts, and phone calls from subcontractors and homeowners all of the time. So, if you’re visiting your jobsite frequently, don’t hesitate to immediately tell your builder when things seem wrong. We had a couple instances where it looked like a wall was being put up where it shouldn’t (and we were right), and our kitchen countertops were starting to be framed for the taller height instead of all of them at the counter height like we wanted. But, we noticed immediately and right away the problem was fixed before it got too far along, which would’ve wasted time and materials.
Below, left: Check for cuts or scratches on cabinets, hard surfaces and woodwork.
Below, right: Be aware of paint flaws. Here is some overspray on our wood floor.
Right: The correct size and placement of the decorative vent.
Far right: Our home’s decorative vent is the wrong size and placed too high.
With that being said, it’s the week of the walk-through and we noticed a few flaws. Some minor, and some a little more major that definitely needed to be addressed. We noticed various areas of our siding appeared messy and overlapping. There were also some caulking issues and some paint overspray on our wood floors. But, all in all, those are pretty minor fixes for our builder to make before our walk-through. One other flaw was the decorative vent above our garage door. It was placed too high in the gable and wasn’t consistent with the other homes our builder had built in the area. It was very obvious to me it was wrong. So, we took some picture of ours and the ones on other houses nearby and sent them to the builder. He agreed; it needed to be redone. So, the entire vent and siding was removed and redone above the garage door.
Left: Exterior trim is misaligned resulting in a messy appearance.
Before or during your walk-through, pay attention to your hardware like doorknobs and bath fixtures and make sure it’s installed well. Make sure your lighting isn’t damaged, bent, or broken. Check your cabinets for knicks and scratches as well as your vanity tops in your kitchen and baths. Sometimes it’s best to look at these at an angle to see the imperfections. Make sure your flooring doesn’t have any seams sticking up, scratches, or bumps. And, on the outside, look for misaligned siding, messy caulking and other noticeable flaws with the paint or exterior doors and windows. Many tradespeople help build home plans to get them completed and minor flaws are expected, so be on the lookout and you’ll be a happier homeowner at closing when everything is perfect!
Below: Corner exterior trim flaw.
Above, right: Messy caulking on front porch columns was redone to look smooth and flawless.
Left: Another example of messy caulking that should be fixed before or after your walk-through with your builder.