Home flippers earn their living by purchasing dilapidated homes, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit. While a flipped house may look new and beautiful, many homebuyers distrust renovations done quickly and for profit. There are plenty of horror stories of home flips that turn out to have disguised problems or shoddy work because contracting is mostly unregulated. The good news is reputable home flippers take their work seriously and want to establish a reputation for quality and reliability. When buying a house in Irvine, here are 7 things you can look for in a flipped house to detect potential faults beneath the shining surface.
Flippers usually focus on a home’s cosmetic appeal to increase its value, which means functionality may be neglected. Look under the cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen, especially under the sinks, for signs of poor workmanship. If you notice the garbage disposal and wiring under the sink is spray painted, it indicates the flipper may be hiding an outdated disposal. You should also look at the overall design of the kitchen. You may notice cabinet doors or drawers blocked by other cabinets or appliances or an undersized bathroom vanity because it was purchased at a discount.
It may be a good idea to check with the city to see if any permits were pulled while the seller owned the home. If no permits were pulled, it may be a big red flag. Make sure the permits were inspected and approved, not just taken out, which verifies the job was done correctly.
3. Outdated Heating System
Most flippers do not want to replace a heating system if it isn’t necessary. Be suspicious if the home has an outdated heating system approaching the end of its life. Have the system inspected to ensure it’s safe to use and to estimate its remaining life. If the system is brand new, it’s a good idea to at least check the blower fan of the furnace for drywall dust.
Sometimes flipped homes have plumbing issues from a rushed job. These issues aren’t always major, as long as they’re caught early. New plumbing fixtures may leak when filled with water, and new tiled shower floors may leak water.
Replacing a roof is a major expense that may cost $10,000 or more, and it won’t add to the home’s price. Some flippers leave the roof as-is as long as it doesn’t leak. Check for patches on the roof or deteriorated shingles.
6. Baseboards, Paint, and Finishes
While it may seem like a small issue, it’s wise to pay attention to how well the home is painted and the quality of the baseboard installation. If the trim and crown molding don’t meet perfectly at the corners or you notice gaps in the tile in the bathroom, it’s a red flag. If the contractors didn’t care enough to do these small things correctly, they may have cut corners on larger issues in the home.
7. List of Work Done
When you’re considering flipped Irvine townhomes, condos, or houses, it isn’t out of line to request a list of the work completed on the home so it can be inspected to ensure it was done correctly and to code. Your agent can request information about everything that was replaced or repaired in the home.
There are many things an untrained eye might not catch when looking at flipped real estate. Irvine, CA, has many great homes for sale, but you should make sure you have a trusted agent who can help you find the perfect property. Get in touch with OC Residential today at 714-454-6304.