What I'm Seeing Now


When A Flipped House Boasts New Windows, Beware - And Look Closely!

It sounds like such the tired statement - when a flipped house boasts new windows, beware - and look closely! 

If these windows are new (they are wood VERY POORLY covered on the outside with new aluminum wrapping) it is obvious they were not installed properly or professionally.

Just gorgeous.

Installing a window does not simply stick it onto the side of the house.

Installing a window does not "cut and paste" aluminum wrap over what may be an older wood window.

Installing a window does not fill a huge gap with a poor-grade caulking.  Caulking should not fill a gap wider than 1/4" - read the label.

Installing a window does not mean that you paint the aluminum siding and caulking so they are the same color and therefore less noticeable.


And all of the windows on the house were done like this.

The list of things found on and in this house, and done in similarly unprofessional fashion as these windows, was astounding.


I was having such a good time, it probably took me half an hour to get the glazed look off my face after he discontinued the inspection!  Flipper Fun is just that!  For me it's eye candy!

My recommendation:  this is such a tired tale - the Flipped House with the wondrous list of newly-done improvements.  But beware, after you be careful.  And be suspicious enough to call a home inspector to have a complete investigation.  He will be a preposition and go over it completely!  And maybe have some fun in the process.  Of course, Flipper is upset that his name is being used in such a fashion, but that's another issue entirely.  Could there be some copyright infringement there?





Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsJay Markanich • June 21 2013 02:42AM


Can you imagine if the inspection was stopped what else must have been and what you were not allowed to see.  Maybe you'll be the one called back when it sells and then you can tell us the rest of the story.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 7 years ago

That has actually happened to me James.  And when I met the people outside and began going over a mental list of what I remembered they canceled the inspection before we even went inside!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

I am amazed at the amount of these house you see. I can't remember the last flip I inspected. The trend seems to have faded my way. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 7 years ago

Wow Jay!  Looks like a good wind would rip those windows right off the house!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) about 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... I can't believe what some people think they will get away with....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

Yes, Jim.  Muchas casas where people have simply walked away, leaving the investors free reign.  True predation.

Might could Bob!

Barbara - you would have thoroughly enjoyed having this inspection with me and listened to my fun sarcasm and explanations of what should be.  The buyer had driven down that morning from New Jersey to start this inspection at 9am.  He was very grateful.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

yes, that looks really ad, and that is what is visible. oy vey indeed.  sounds like the decision was a no brainer.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

That looks terrible. I thought several years ago that someone invented a product called J Channel? Looks liek someone would be smart to do some demo and start this "remodel" over.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 7 years ago

Seems to me that the condition or quality of this flip is, as it should be, all related to price, terms and conditions. 


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Sometimes the "flipper" should be held accountable for their repairs.

Thank you for another tip to look for.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 7 years ago

Oh man... that is horrible! I have had a few "half" inspections because of flippers, I will correct that and say BAD flippers, because there are good "Investors" that do it right. Do you have that guys phone number? I want to replace the windows in my house. I want to call him early enough so he can stop by Home Depot and pick up 352 tubes of caulk!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 7 years ago

This was only a few steps into the journey Debbie!  And the journey went downhill the whole way.

Jeff - you can't slap anything onto aluminum siding!  Especially windows.

I don't know any of that Lenn.  I just know my fee.  But what this guy was getting into was enough for him!

Raymond - the only way to make them accountable is to not buy their awful houses.  The county can't do much about crap work.

Only if it's the worst quality possible Fred.  No sense doing more for you than is his normal.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

WOW. I see the caulking and cringe. I have been to flipper homes that have a bunch of empty tubes laying around the outside of the home. Not a good sign I'm afriad.

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint Mckie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 7 years ago

Jay, In one county next door you have to pull a permit to install windows for this very reason.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

They had cleaned up the tubes Clint!  But not the caulking...

Don - interesting!  No permits here for windows ... yet!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay - that's bad, looks like a 5 year old was playing Bob the builder.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) about 7 years ago

another word for my real estate dictionary...."To Jay"  meaning ...to inspect carefully.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 7 years ago

I sometimes think people see something on TV and think they can do it themselves Eric.  But this is a "pro" flipper, and should know better.

S&D - thank you, but I could see this from the driveway!


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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