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That Flipped Home Might Be Far From Perfect

By Allison Halliday | August 15, 2014

It is easy to look at a flipped home through rose-tinted spectacles, and to assume it is ready to move into and that there won’t be any major pitfalls. Unfortunately this might not be the case, as most property flippers or contractors will be anxious to shift the house as quickly as possible so they can move onto their next project.

As a result, work can often be rushed and below standards you’d typically like to see in your own home.  An article in has highlighted the major things to look out for when buying a flipped property, to help avoid any nasty surprises once you move in.


One thing many of us are guilty of is getting caught up in the excitement of buying somewhere new. It can be very easy to focus on nice shiny new appliances, or marble or granite countertops, and to not pay attention to the overall quality of the work. A properly refurbished home will be nicely finished. Signs that this  isn’t the case can  include moldings that aren’t properly lined up, gaps in between the wall and countertops, poorly finished tiling and light switch plates that don’t quite fit properly. Often the cabinets in the kitchen won’t quite shut properly. Even though these seem like minor cosmetic issues, they could indicate more important jobs haven’t been carried out properly, and it is well worth paying closer attention to other areas that could be more expensive to rectify. This might include water heaters gas lines or the electrics panel.

It is easy for potential buyers to assume a home that has been newly renovated is new enough not to require an inspection, but this could be a costly assumption to make. An inspector can make sure all work was up to code and can check the general standard of the work. It is worth getting an inspection even if the work has already been signed off by the city as they will only have been interested in the health and safety aspect. A home inspector will check every part of the house, ensuring it is perfect.

It is even more important to make sure the contractor obtained all the relevant permits, and that they were all signed off. You should receive copies of all the final permits, or otherwise you should be able to find them online. Failing to check these details could mean you end up being liable for illegal or poor quality work.

Although work on flipped homes is often carried out to a good standard, it is worth carrying out your due diligence to make sure you don’t get caught out.

Allison Halliday is a Realty Biz News contributing writer. She handles International Real Estate and is a seasoned blogger.
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