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Buying a Flip House

One of the things home buyers should be extra wary of when purchasing a home is a one that's been recently flipped. As home inspectors, we see a lot of mistakes made by flippers who are either 1) trying to move too quickly to flip the home to do thorough work, or 2) not qualified to perform the work and get it wrong. Even worse, we sometimes see shoddy or improperly done work that has been covered up by flippers, hoping the sale will go through without anyone noticing. Of course there are some great house flippers who do wonderful work, but it's a common enough problem that home buyers should be on the lookout.

Here are a few examples of problems we've found in flip houses.

FYI, you don't want air registers in the shower. It might sound nice to have a blast of heat during your shower, but the moisture and steam from the shower will get in that vent, and now you have a mold problem. This flipper added a shower but didn't want to go to the trouble of relocating the register.

This is a brand new tankless water heater that has been installed in an attic without the flue pipe. That means the carbon dioxide put off by the water heater is just leaking into the attic and collecting there, which is a massive health and fire hazard.

This beautiful sink loses its Zen-like appeal when you run the water and it splashes in your face and out all over the floor.

Our Inspector noticed a few things the flipper left out of the bathroom renovation.

If you're purchasing a home that has been recently flipped, just make sure you have a home inspector check for any short cuts that may have been taken. Request a free quote for a Dallas - Fort Worth home inspection here.

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