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So, Do You See It? Look Closely. Do You See It Now?

So, do you see it?

Look closely.  Do you see it now?           ------->

I expect you saw it right away.

In case you didn't, look below.

Shower heads that keep the corner clean are a great idea.  But not if you want to take a shower!

Now, here is the other issue.

When I straightened the head to point it down it was very loosely threaded.  It was very weakly attached.

What does that mean?  It means that when pointing down, and so loosely attached, it will be leaking inside the wall. 

Is that a problem?

That's a problem! 

This is a flip.  This is the work of a Flipper.  This is typical of work I see done by Flippers.

Would a real plumber leave a shower head loosely attached?  No.  At least I hope not.

BUT ON FLIPS I ALWAYS CHECK THE SHOWER HEAD ATTACHMENT!

Now you know why.  I also check to see if the handle assembly is firm.  Often it is not either.

There was a lot of new plumbing, electrical and structural work done in this house.  All of which individually require permits in this county.

Doing more than $1000 in work also requires a permit if it is done by a contractor.

I saw no evidence that a permit was pulled or closed.  Usually a sticker is placed by the county, and on the panel box door.  But, given a lot of the work found I doubt one was pulled or closed.

And, unfortunately, that is typical of Flipper!

This Flipper was conscientious enough to actually add insulation to the attic!  He added my favorite - blown-in cellulose.  The original insulation was very thin - about 2" in depth.  And Flipper added a disappointing 1" more in depth.  I figured a total R-value of 10.  Ideally there would be R-38.  Great thought, poor follow through!

My recommendation:  when the lip stick is thick, don't get big eyed until you have had a home inspection.  And you will probably be happy you did!

 

 

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 19 commentsJay Markanich • November 22 2015 02:55AM

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Good morning Jay! Sometimes you have to look below the surface or pay a hefty price! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

But Jay....it's so pretty....just those minor finishing touches like a little tightening...:)

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

Wayne - look to the left, look to the right, stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!

S&D - or a little rethreading!

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

So correct! I have often wondered about things like mold and leaks and if they are covered over or repaired and will be a huge issue down the road.

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 4 years ago

Not good at all. Also, I don't think they sealed the grout.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

Dwayne - once on new construction when I suggested to the supervisor that such looseness would leak inside the wall, he said we would never know.  My answer was that one day the leak would reach critical mass and the homeowner would definitely know.  Do unto others...

Debbie - these looked like floor tiles to me, with 1/4" grout seams.  I think that's way too thick for a shower.  My opinion anyway.

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

Good morning Jay,

If he did it correctly it would dig into the profits!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 4 years ago

The Flipper says, "Churn'em and burn'em," Raymond.

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

You would go nuts here... it's almost impossible to research the permitting process, nothing online at all.... the wild wild west!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 4 years ago

Permits here go back a long way---public records of permits are readily accessible back to 1986---pretty easy to check.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

Hi Jay - That's sadly typical of what we see in a lot of flips, and our inspector hates them for pretty much the same reasons. I'll have to ask him about plumbing.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 4 years ago

I have never researched a permit Fred.  Some realtors have apps on their phone and they can get an answer right away.   The rest have to go on line at a later date.  It's the wild east here.

Charlie - the counties here drop permits on line after 10 years.

Dick - it's also probably the same there as here!

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

Jay- I'm shaking my head wondering what they might have been thinking. 

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

I think I will stay away from listing homes for flippers and caution my buyers.  A home inspection should be a must, but we can surely strongly advise buyers to order a home inspection.

Posted by Linda Guess, Branson area real estate sales. (Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO) over 4 years ago

The head swivels, Kathy, but not that much!

At his request, I do inspections for a flipper around here before he puts his house on the market, Linda.  Not all are like him though.

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

If something as simple as a shower head was botched, what about the rest of the work on the house?  As with many of the houses you have reviewed in your posts, just walk away and keep looking.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 4 years ago

There were many things just as fun with this house Stephen!  It was a joy for Mighty Mo too!

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

Something tells me the buyer of this "flipper" will be UNDERWATER  with repair costs Jay Markanich 

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 4 years ago

Underwater.  Under shower.  Underwhelmed.  I get it!  Flippers often leave much that doesn't meet the eye, Deanna.

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

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