If I might say this to Flippers as a group - like golf, with thermal insulation, gentlemen, replace your divots!
How often do I see work done in the attic space where the insulation was removed to get to something, but then not replaced afterward?
In this case the bathroom exhaust fan maybe didn't work. It had to be replaced, but the proximity of the bathroom ceiling to the edge of the roof made it impossible to get to from the attic space.
So the bathroom ceiling needed to be removed.
No problem! That would be the best way to do it anyway.
So, they took down the ceiling.
Replaced the fan.
Ran the fan exhaust tubing out the side of the roof.
But never replaced the insulation!
Look at the size of that insulation divot!
Gentlemen! Replace your divots!
There might be a hit of another problem or two as well! The electric junction box has no cover and the FRT plywood is in really, really bad condition.
What you can't see so well in the middle of the photo above, just to the right of the center, is the large hole in the roof sheathing that they simply shingled over!
Seen to the right, it is slightly larger than a basketball.
And another thing you can't see in the photo is the amount of air that is blowing into the attic space from the very poor connections where the tubing meets the fan box and near where it exits the roof.
All that could be fodder for another day...
So, overall, the grade awarded to this job is very poor.
And that's just what surrounds this Flipper's bathroom exhaust fan installation! The rest of the house was in similarly unprofessional condition! This guy proved to be a lot of fun!
Well, we all know dolphins are playful! They called him Flipper for a reason!
My recommendation: if you are buying a flip, be sure to spend some additional money on a decent home inspection! Long term, your wallet will really like it! Get an experienced home inspector too, because they just seem to know what to look for. That would be your own Best Practice.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560