Several times a week, I inspect houses that were flipped. Some are very well done, and I only find minor issues. The vast majority though, have major issues. Most flippers seem to budget for the cosmetics that will help the house sell fast. The nice granite countertops, the tile showers, a new coat of paint, and new flooring. For a buyer that doesn't get a home inspection, this may be enough to get them to sign on the dotted line. For those that do get a home inspection, we can get into the actual systems of the house and look beyond the beautiful kitchen.
I recently did a home inspection in Southern Maryland on a house that had been flipped. The house was an older split-level ranch on a nice amount of land. Cosmetically, the house was great. By the time I finished my inspection, my client was scratching his head and asking me what he should do. When I turned on the water, we found several burst pipes, the roof was leaking and would have to be replaced really soon, There was mold in the attic, the electrical was a mess, and the deck was not sufficiently supported. They were at least thoughtful enough to hang a tarp in the attic to catch the water from the leaking roof.
|Without a home inspection, my client wouldn't have known|
about the mold in the attic and the leaking roof.
Another flip I inspected in Baltimore was an even better cosmetic job, with a really nice roof-top deck. Of course to get to the deck you had to duck under the power lines that were about 4 feet off the deck. Oddly enough, this was not the first time I've seen power lines across a deck! That and a loose wire in the electric panel that was energizing the cover made for an interesting inspection.
|White wires are normally not energized, thankfully I checked before touching |
this panel, because the wire was hot, and so was the cover.
|Yes, that's the power lines coming in from the pole about 4 feet over the deck.|
So remember, no matter how pretty the home is, always get a home inspection. Not everything is as obvious as the power lines across the deck. While I hope that the house you are buying is a flip, I want to make sure it's not a flop.
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