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Old Thu, Dec-04-2014, 06:34:05 PM   #31
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Things I found out during my walk on August, some were easier to find because I used a flashlight (200 lumens ) :

- alignment on faucet in the guest bath was off
- three windows were hard to open
- some doors need to be push/pull hard to close
- paint "holidays"
- dishwasher with broken part
- one door panel tint was different than the others
- missing grout in bath tiles and floor tiles
- drywall screws used for light assembly

I made it clear I would not close unless everything was fixed and I made another walk thru.

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The builder told me I shouldn't expect a 100 percent perfect house, to which I replied "Are you expecting a 100% payment?"

Perfect, ill use that line if they say anything.
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Don't forget that closing on the home eliminates the majority of your leverage. The builder will promise the world before you close just to get you to the table and way too many builders vanish the minute the house is yours. Force them to take care of the punch list before closing and be prepared to delay closing if necessary. If you absolutely have to close on the house with open punch list items, make sure they are documented in the closing paperwork so you have a leg to stand on if/when the builder tries to duck out on you
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Hey guys,

Just bought my first house and the final walk is coming up in about a week and am scheduled to close on the 22nd.

This is a new construction home aka I picked the lot, the floor plan, options etc... and they built it from scratch.

The home has been inspected by 3rd party inspectors at all major stages of construction, before the pour for the slab foundation, before drywall at the frame stage, and once more next week.

I was wondering if any of you had any ideas as to what to look out for during the final walk?
Anything a home inspector might miss I should look out for.

Also what level of perfection should I be looking for?
I am noticing small things like wall plates for coax and Ethernet prewire do not match. One is pure white and the others are off white. I can expect them to fix this right?


The home is priced in the mid 200's and for Austin that isn't too bad but it definitely isn't a mansion. 1800 sqft single story to give you an idea of size.



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Pic during construction this was taken about mid october.
Damn, around here that will buy you a nice new trailer in the higher end trailer parks lol. I'm moving to austin!
Wall plates should be no problem. I'd check doors, locks and windows, make sure they open, close, lock smoothly since we had problems with those sometimes. I mean, it is a brand new house so it should look like it with no major blemishes. Check water pressure at all faucets with all faucets running. Make sure trim is installed everywhere it was agreed to and check all of the lights, outlets and switches. Check the HVAC system as well.
Something I noticed on a new construction house once that would drive me absolutely nuts was one of the posts between closets wasn't parallel to the wall. This happens once in a while from what I've seen so make sure all the walls (particularly the short walls between doors) are parallel.

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what i've been doing is living in the house without moving all your furniture in. it'd be amazing what you'll find after doing 2/3/4 passes through the house which you don't spot the first time. build a relationship with the builder so you can make sure those items get fixed.
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You have had some great advice. To reiterate a few points :

- use painters tape to mark everything. Also make detailed notes for each marking.
- check everything, nothing is too small. Faceplates must all match. There should be no cracks in the drywall, in fact the builder should come and fix nail pops and crakes which will appear as the house settles.
- have all major things fixed prior to closing.
- take friends and family with you. The more eyes the better. Everyone sees different things and in a quick walk through items can be missed.
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