So I have a classification system for house flipping:
1) Reno Done Right - a full renovation to modernize an older home - leaving antique qualities in place, but providing modern amenities (I'd like to think that's SoPo Cottage!)
2) Fluff and Buff - updating the easy to see elements (say tile work and refinishing floors), but not addressing the infrastructure. Lots of the TV shows are in this category.
3) Buyer Beware - as in 'we don't need no stinkin' permits' . Poor quality - no focus on safety or integrity.
They bought a Buyer Beware
So here are the low points:
- Furnace vents into the attic (somehow the house inspector didn't catch it....amazing!).
And then the whole vent collapsed into the basement a couple of weeks after they moved in.
- The shower drain sits higher than the tile. So you guessed it, there is a constant puddle and due to really lousy tile work and missing grout, it ultimately drains into the basement.
And see what happened the first time they took a shower? All the water drained into the basement.
|Open ground (one of many)|
- Serious electrical issues (for example, they installed an oven outlet for the dryer, open grounds, no junction boxes, etc). This was all supposed to get fixed before closing by a licensed electrician. But I don't think they even know a licensed electrician!!!
|Why bother with a junction box when you can use electrical tape?|
- The refrigerator cabinet was installed so low you can't put a refrigerator under it
- The air conditioning died a week after they moved in (this is HotLanta folks - 90 degrees in May)
And then there are the poor fit and finish issues:
- Poor tile work - look at that grout job!
- Poor trim work - light fixtures shouldn't be mounted sideways!
- And the gutters are brand new, but they didn't install enough supports, so they bent and leak right into the basement
Honestly, I'm not making this up!
|Move in day - see the 'dry' basement!|
The disclosure said 'new kitchen kabnets', no water in the basement (check out photos from the day they moved in), and upgraded electrical.
Why did they buy this? Particularly with a 2 year old and a very pregnant mom?? And how in the world did we not jump in and say 'are you crazy'? Well, they live in the Atlanta area - which is too far for my team to travel! And they wanted something with at least 5 acres to allow them to start a small farm. That's a tough combination to find. This met a couple of their criteria - with house quality/safety at the bottom of the list.
Thankfully, our son-in-law Joe is handy. And we'll pitch in when we visit, to help them get the place ship shape. But it's going to be a lot of work!