When I pulled up to this house I saw a sure sign it was a Flipper.
I could see new vinyl siding on the lower half of the front. The upper half of the front was the original aluminum siding, painted to look like the lower half. You can see both siding materials in this photo.
The other thing I could see (and all this from the car before even getting out) was that the light fixtures were improperly mounted.
Can you see what's wrong here?
There was an electrical junction box already on the wall, left when the house was built. Most houses have exterior light fixtures near the front door.
And the Flipper had simply cut a small hole, and attached the wiring, and screwed the brass base of the fixture directly onto the siding. Excellent.
What should there be instead? Some sort of base for the fixture. The fixture needs to rest flush against an attached subsurface to prevent water from getting into the electrical connection.
Water and electricity don't really like each other.
There are dozens of kinds of bases. It is simply a matter of selecting it, cutting a suitable hole through the siding, attaching the base to the junction box in the wall, and caulking the gaps!
So, sitting in the parking space, looking at a flipped house, with my antenna already extended to max, I knew I was in for some fun. And I was not disappointed.
My recommendation: often buyers are impressed by lipstick and glitz, but unaware of what that portends. A home inspection is essential (ESSENTIAL) to the home buying process, but especially when lipstick and glitz are a part of the scenario. But even when there is no lipstick! Essential.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560