This will be the last in a series of unfortunate posts regarding a real estate "investor" who is intentionally trying to hide problems on a flip - chapter 3.
In the last post it had been revealed by neighbors that there was a substantial foundation crack, improperly repaired, and water was found inside the house after a very minor rain storm.
That, and roof problems had apparently been letting moisture into the house for approximately 9 months while the house sat vacant between owners.
The new owner put on a new roof, on top of the old. They tried to use the old flashing with new tar, which still leaked around the chimney, but could legitimately say that there was a "new" roof.
However, the neighbors reported that the house was so full of mold from top to bottom that agents would not enter the house when they brought clients to see it. This is a serious problem!
THE NEIGHBORS ALSO SAID THAT NO MOLD ABATEMENT COMPANY EVER CAME TO THE HOUSE. THEY SAID THE MOLD WAS ERADICATED BY A PAINTING COMPANY.
I know what that means.
That means the mold was not eradicated. It was primed and painted over.
And everything else was wiped down.
Very curious, I wanted to go in.
Impressively there was no evidence of such mold or any residual odor.
There was mold in the roof sheathing, and on the underside of some subflooring in the wet basement room in the previous post.
But that does not represent top to bottom mold as described by the neighbors.
So how can we tell the house had experienced long-term and substantial moisture?
By looking at the door hinges!
All of the door hinges looked like this.
THAT HINGE REPRESENTS SUBSTANTIAL MOISTURE IN THE AIR. SO MUCH LONG-TERM MOISTURE WILL CERTAINLY CONTRIBUTE TO MOLD AMPLIFICATION.
Proving it with photos is irrelevant since we have so much local evidence of the problem.
On the good side the house got a new kitchen!
But with the new kitchen windows the kitchen had to be completely reconfigured. The appliances did not fit the way they used to.
So it all had to be quite jammed together.
If it looks like the kitchen cabinet doors or dishwasher door cannot open because the range is too close you would be correct!
Well, I take that back. They do, if you pull out the range.
I had a hard time fitting in there to wash my hands at the kitchen sink.
But I felt much better later.
My client demonstrated that a 5' tall, 100 pound young lady can fit in there!
It's snug, but she fits!
And we were able to find out that if you don't put anything large in there, those cabinet doors and dishwasher door that can't open all the way aren't a problem at all!
The dishwasher has an "Upper Rack" feature, so the fact that the lower rack can't move in and out isn't that big of an issue! Rocking and clapping, you should start singing "Oh, Happy Day!"
Happily the kitchen is a feature! Can we get a BIG AMEN?
Maybe not quite the feature most anticipate when they see "New Kitchen!" on the listing information, but YOU HAVE TO ADMIT, IT'S QUITE THE FEATURE!
My recommendation: unfortunately there are dishonest people out there who do not discriminate when it comes to who they fake out. In my opinion, THESE are the people who should "give back." I hear it said all the time that those who are successful, for good reasons, should "give back." They already have by adding to the economy. But these dishonest jerks who steal and scam and rob and harm should be made to give back, and give back and give back until it hurts. And then they should be run out of business.
I propose a big, red F be stamped on their foreheads. A scarlet letter!
What does the F stand for?
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