Residential homeowners care about renovation quality because they have to live with the results. But for so-called house-flippers – real estate investors who purchase shoddy properties for the sole purpose of fixing them up for resale at profit – this pursuit for quality might not be quite so personal. For a for-profit homeowner, cutting one or two corners saves money; but for the person who purchases the flipped house, their cost-cutting can have real – and expensive – consequences. Below, Jason Cohen Pittsburgh outlines a few household features that potential homebuyers should carefully scrutinize before submitting a bid.
Check the Flooring
Take a careful look at hardwood flooring. If it only extends to the edge of the base moldings and door jams, the shortness may be a sign of poor workmanship. Ideally, base moldings and door jams should be removed and hardwood flooring placed beneath them.
Assess the Kitchen’s Functionality
Appliances, sinks, and the refrigerator should be placed in a way that allows for cooking and mobility, and the countertops should be settled flush against the backsplash to prevent long-lasting messes. When you do visit, don’t be taken in by aesthetic hacks; sometimes, house flippers place new doors on old cabinets and add flashy touches to distract from a shoddy foundation. Always open under-sink cabinets to check out plumbing and other connections.
Inspect the Wiring
Shortcuts should never be taken with electricity and wiring. Have an expert come in to make sure that everything is safe and up to code before purchasing a flip home. When in doubt, be prepared to replace everything and ensure your offer takes the cost of rewiring into account.
Check the Doors and Windows:
Problems with a home’s doors and windows are easy to overlook during an walk-through, especially if you’re more concerned with a home’s appearance and how it will suit your family’s needs. Be wary of doors and windows that don’t open and close smoothly; won’t lock; or open and close by themselves.
Mix and Match Properly:
The finishes on faucets, cabinet pulls, lighting and door knobs doesn’t have to be consistent throughout the home, but they should mesh aesthetically and produce a cohesive design.
Keep it safe: Features like safety rails are governed by code at the time of their initial installation and flippers must follow current code when installing new safety features. They are responsible for the safety of the people living in the home for a year after the remodel.