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What Happens In A Flip When The New Range Is Deeper Than The Old One?

What happens in a flip when the new range is deeper than the old one?

And, (this is a big AND) the dishwasher door no longer opens!

Surely the Flipper knew the dishwasher door cannot be opened.

The dishwasher cannot be moved further to the side.

And the range cannot be moved further toward the wall.

No matter what the dishwasher door does not open, even when the oven door is opened to get it out of the way!

Surely the Flipper knew the dishwasher door cannot be opened.

If it cannot be opened the rolling shelves will not move which makes it most difficult to stock the dishwasher with dishes and such for washing.

What does someone think will happen when people find out that this, and therefore probably other, poison pills have been left for them when they move into the house?

And this was not the only thing in this Flipped House that was not well done!  But still...

Surely the Flipper knew the dishwasher door cannot be opened.

So, the $64,000 question - what else does the Flipper know!?

And THAT became the job for the home inspector!  Virginia is a non-disclosure state, so the home inspection is crucial to the buying process.

Let's just say the home inspector was up to the challenge and had lots to explain to his clients.

My recommendation:  in Virginia the home inspection process is a very important one because there is no warning to buyers about the house and its condition.  The home inspector has to be very diligent in trying to uncover issues, ESPECIALLY in flipped houses!  Hire one that is careful and experienced!   It will pay off in the end.  At least we found out that surely the Flipper knew the dishwasher door cannot be opened.

 

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 12 commentsJay Markanich • March 27 2017 10:01AM

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That's a shame, Jay Markanich!

It looks like the flipper should have put in some new kitchen cabinets, too. If they had done that, the dishwasher probably would have been moved over a little and you wouldn't have that problem.

Not a very good flip job!

Posted by Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com (PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties) over 1 year ago

One would certainly think the flipper knew the dishwasher didn't open but then again, who knows? Maybe they never bothered to double check it. Weirder things have happened.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 1 year ago

The depth of the range was probably discovered after the purchase and installation Julie.  At that point the decision was apparently made NOT to do what you suggest!

Kat - I doubt it because the dishwasher was full of mucky water that had not been pumped out.  So it likely did not work either!  This was just one surprise of many that I am sure Flipper knew about.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Jay, that's what happens with amateurs. Like you said, this is a great indication there are other things they don't know or shortcuts they've taken. Have a great week!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) over 1 year ago

  Whether it's flipper, a remodeler...or yes...a builder...the function sometimes escapes them...the fridge that won't open due to the island...yadda yadda...unbelievable stuff !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

We just encountered this on a home inspection Saturday, the gas line needs to be moved so the stove can move back 2 inches further.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jay. And he thought he was going to fool someone? Red light for other problems! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 1 year ago

I would lay odds he don't... lol, those guys are always entertaining! But, I bet the installer does!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 1 year ago

Jay Markanich You only get to wash the little dishes. The big dishes are to be done by hand 

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

I think the key here is your statement "what else does the Flipper know!?"

If they cut corners on something so obvious, what else is lurking?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 1 year ago

It was an indicator, Nathan, and turned out to be true!

I've seen all that too, S&D.  One has to think ahead.

N&T - gas lines are often an unwelcomed intruder!  And sometimes hard to move!

It took me just one try to see that the door was blocked, Wayne.  There were other found surprises too!

 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

Fred - the installer definitely knew what was up.  As soon as I hear there is a Flipper involved my antenna stick up very high.

Don - that appears to be the angle here!  I think one of those big racks for the bigger plates would work out.

There was lurk and I had to smirk Stephen.  And I bit my tongue to not appear the jerk at every little quirk I found.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 1 year ago

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