It was very impressive to walk up to this flipped house and see a permit sticker!
After all, it has been a while since I've seen a permit!
Reading it was a little odd. All it is a permit for is to install "Plumbing - New Shower."
This house, built in 1958, probably had a basement powder room, which was not uncommon, and they wanted to expand it into a full bathroom. Very smart.
But that's all they did? It would be unusual in itself to flip a house and only put in a new shower. But I will leave that for another time.
The permit sticker was odd for two reasons.
1. It is on the outside, with fresh masking tape. To me that means it was taped up there very recently. I have never before seen a Permit sticker on the outside of a house.
2. There is another piece of paper taped exactly opposite on the inside. Without entering yet I peeked in to see the paper inside. It read, "Please Leave The Lights Off When You Leave."
Well that's not unusual, so why am I struck with a feeling? Because it's a flipped house!
Going back outside I heard the Wizard of Oz say, "Pay no attention to the glass behind the sticker!" So I pressed on the glass.
It was totally shattered, being held in place by tape.
Flipper wanted us to know that he had a permit! But the permit was creatively hiding a problem. Red flag? Yep, a big 'un.
And by taping his Permit in that way he added a second message which said, "Not everything you see is what it really is. I dare you to find what is hidden by every magic curtain." Just then hissing smoke and long flames shot up all around me from beside the front porch. I thought I heard laughing.
Thus beginnith the inspection. And the voice was right - I had to be on my toes! Fortunately I was.
My recommendation: It's a flip! Be on your toes! And listen to the voice behind the curtain...
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