I went head to head with a mega-builder two days ago. He builds bunches of $180,000 homes, and a client hired me to inspect. Brand new house… I had over 40 write up, and several that were outright life safety dangers, like no cap on decorative brick chimney, 28x28 opening to the heavens. The manufactured chimney exited BELOW the top course of bricks…Meaning that Carbon Monoxide could reenter the home and come back down into the home. No apron flashing at low edge of chimney. This home had ZERO weep holes in the brick veneer. Zero clearance between siding and roofing surfaces. Load bearing studs outside the 45deg angle of the stud in the wall below.
A beer can was jammed in the metal dryer vent. This one pissed me off, because that was an intentional act performed by the builder. This could allow lint buildup, and reduce air flow causing a fire. That act could easily constitute attempted arson… under the letter of the law.
I wrote an honest but pointed report, and the bill to make this all correct was pushing $6000. When the builder read my report he came unglued and called me incompetent, and overstepping my authority (I cited the IRC in each instance I discovered a discrepancy) He said we was going to turn me into the real-estate commission, and I told him to go right ahead… He refused to sell the home to the couple that wanted to buy it too…
24 hours later, after he cooled off… he agreed to make nearly every single repair I wrote up, and the couple is closing this week… All I can say is that just because its new does not mean it’s even close to correct.