And code said, "Let there be light." And ... Nope. It was not good.
They call him Flipper!
Faster than lightning,
No one in the sea,
Is faster than he!
The upstairs hallway had beautiful, and new, drywall. But where's the light fixture? Where's the smoke detector?
Sure was easy to see the new drywall in the attic space too! Brand new!
It was easy to see because there was NO INSULATION ON IT!
Something else was easy to see too. See it?
About the middle of the photo is the junction box for the (now former) light fixture!
Peeka, peeka, peeka BOOOO!
I see yooouuu!
Yep, there it is!
You can run, but you can't hide.
Gee, is there anything else I could show my single, female, first-time-buyer, spending-life-savings client?
Let's see. Oh, yeah. The sparkling new range would not work. No power. Looking behind the cable was tucked underneath. So I pulled it out to see...
The high-amperage cable not attached to anything! And remember, this cable is hot with nothing protecting the ends of the cable! No touch-o! Very dangerous-o!
To add: the ice maker for the new fridge has no water connection; the cable servicing the new disposal is dead; the bottom of the disposal is 3" BELOW the drain line; the new dishwasher does not respond to any control buttons; the panel box cover is buried behind a brand new wooden "access" door on the wall; the smoke detectors are all missing; the Formica breakfast bar has no support and bends dramatically downward; the kitchen cabinets are loose as the DRYWALL SCREWS holding them up are NOT INTO STUDS; the 23 year old water heater is cold and dead; the plastic dryer vent is redirected and 40' long (including four 90 degree angles); the dryer sticks out so far the laundry room door won't close so it is hard to walk in the narrow hall; the washing machine hoses are not attached; two door knob strikers are backwards; the AC compressor and shed are being eaten alive by poison ivy, as is the grass in the back yard and the English Ivy and tree in the front yard; the attic has no ventilation; the siding is poorly installed and has holes high and low; both hose bib valves leak badly; the water main is too stiff to operate; the Pergo is installed right onto the slab and is so moist already the seams are swelling all over; the fireplace damper is so rusted it will not open; very little water flows from the new faucets in the bathroom sinks (service valves turned completely on); the toilet handles have to be held down to flush and the tanks take 20 minutes to refill; the new carpet in one bedroom closet has a yellow stain (?) ... well, I can see you're with me here.
My recommendation: if it's a Flip, get an inspection! I knew this would be a good one when the combo on the key box did not work. It went downhill from there. When I left there was pig lipstick all over me. Um, not from my client.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560