Flipper Fix!

Reblogger Monique Combs
Real Estate Agent with Royal Shell Real Estate 3290764

 Home Inspectors can find the good and bad! Let a professional show you the path. If your buying a home in Southern Maryland it is wise to get a home inspection!

Original content by Jay Markanich 3380-000723

Sometimes I smile and sometimes I cringe when someone calls to schedule an inspection and they say that the house was a foreclosure but an investor bought it and fixed it up and it is "beautiful now."

Well, to each his own.

This is what greeted me as I approached this three year old house!

The sidewalk has settled about 2".

This presents a couple of problems - that first step is a doozy, about 10" high.  Forget Grandma, it was hard for me! That is too high for most codes.

And secondly, as the sidewalk, and soil, settle around houses, and front stoops like this, holes are opened up which are very attractive to small animals and snakes.

Once I was explaining the animal attraction to someone when a rabbit darted out from under the stoop right through my legs!  Convenient object lesson!

There are various fixes for this kind of gapping, which I won't go into.  But, importantly, if you set out to "FIX" it, please FIX it!  Sheesh...

I don't know about you, but I can hardly see this "fix..."  I wonder what grade my shop teacher would have given me for this one!

You can bet that when I see something like this as I approach a "beautiful" flipped house, what I will find inside is often a laugh riot.  This case wasn't so bad, except for one very dangerous thing which will be the subject of another post.

My recommendation:  When you show flipped houses, have a good look.  You will probably see what is and is not properly done.  But ALWAYS hire a home inspector!  You never know what lurks in one!

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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Boy water getting under that crack, freezing and expanding and whoa, wouldn't mother nature, jack frost have a hay day in Maine with that crack.

Aug 28, 2010 05:26 AM #1
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Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
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Andrew, I wonder what critter's would like a new home too!

Aug 28, 2010 05:48 AM #2
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Thanks for the reblog Monique!

Aug 28, 2010 11:54 AM #3
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Monique Combs
Royal Shell Real Estate - Bonita Springs, FL
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Hi Jay ~ Thanks for another great post. Everyone should read your brilliant blog: Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC):

Aug 28, 2010 01:39 PM #4
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