What I'm Seeing Now

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And Code Said, "Let There Be Light." And ... Nope. It Was Not Good.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • July 13 2014 02:26AM

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Yicks sounds like permit was not a part of Flippers do it yourself Flip !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

S&D - is he permitted to do work required by a permit without pulling a permit?  Is that permitted?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

 Good morning Jay. It is amazing the stuff we find in flipped properties. They will cut every corner they can in order to maximize profits.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Run fast, run far, run wide but definitely run away from this one. Way too many issues.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 4 years ago

He cut most everything here Michael, not just the corners!

Anita - so it seems...  And they wanted top dollar, of course!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Sounds like a job Uncle Bob has done beware he may be back in your area. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

I wonder if this property is listed for sale in the MLS???  If so, it would be interesting to read the Broker/Agent Remarks. 

This is one of the worst examples of so called "rehabs" I've seen. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Even he is smarter than this, James.

Lenn - your wish is my command.

"Totally renovated townhouse, minutes from Silver Line Metro, Reston Town center and Dulles Airport. Freshly painted. Brand new kitchen (cabinets, countertop, Stainless Steel Appliances and tile floors). Fully renovated bathrooms. Brand new windows. New full size high efficiency Washer and Dryer. New floors throughout both levels. Home warranty for one year."

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Lenn - there were more things than I mentioned.  Those were off the top of my head.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Sad thing is, this listing, if it's a public listing, will also go in the IDX database and be available to consumers in Interest searches.

Many home buyers who search the Internet for homes for sale will see this listing and call the listing agent directly.  The agent who wrote those MLS Remarks.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

I took that info off of Trulia, Lenn.  I'm sure there are other places, and perhaps other descriptions.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Thank goodness the client hired you. Flips are some of the riskiest buys.

Posted by Sylvia Jonathan, Broker Associate, SFR (Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago

Thanks Sylvia, and you are right, of course!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay- there's renovated and then there's RENOVATED.  I am so glad this first time buyer hired you!  Do you ever just want to get in the face of the flipper and say "what were you thinking?"

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

This is really poorlevated Kathy.  I actually do inspections for a Flipper who hires me to point things out before he puts his product on the market (smart).  I have been told there is a Flipper here who is out to get me.  But when I look at a place I have no idea who the Flipper is.

Here is one where I met the Flipper:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2019273/mr--jay-s-neighborhood---meet-flipper-

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

It always amazes me what people try to pass off as "renovated" and" finished."

Between "Handy Harry Homeowner" and "Sir Hides-a-lot" I find myself fixing all kinds of problems.

Fortunately, I have a local "Jay" to make sure I'm doing things right.

Posted by Darrin Carey, Real Estate Buyer (Homes and More, Inc) over 4 years ago

Thanks Darrin.  Good to hear you have an inspector you trust too! 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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