Buying a Remodeled Home? How to Check for Quality

by | Oct 2, 2023 | Blog, Buying a Home, First Time Buyer tips, Real Estate, Remodeling / Do-It-Yourself Projects | 0 comments

When you’re touring that shiny remodeled home and considering an offer, you may want to peel back the layers a bit to be sure that the work done on the home is the quality you’d expect. The word “flip” has gotten a bit of a bad rap in recent years, as a flip can be done well (or not!) – the same way a remodel can be done well (or not!).

To avoid falling into a money pit, it’s essential to spot signs of a poorly executed project before making a purchase. A recent article on Realtor.com gave some helpful tips with five critical areas to scrutinize:

  1. Shoddy Workmanship:

A telltale sign of a poorly done flip is evident in the quality of workmanship. Look for uneven floors, crooked walls, and poorly finished details like trim and moldings. Do these details feel hastily put together?

  1. Inadequate Wiring and Plumbing:

Electrical and plumbing systems are the backbone of any home. Check for mismatched or exposed wiring, leaky pipes, or inadequate fixtures. These issues not only pose safety hazards but can also result in costly repairs down the road. Another quick way to check if a house has been remodeled well: make sure there are enough outlets on the walls (to code!) as well as GFCI outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen.

  1. Cheap Materials:

Investigate the materials used in the remodel. Low-quality materials like laminate countertops, flimsy cabinets, and vinyl flooring are signs that corners were cut to save money. High-quality remodels use durable, long-lasting materials.

  1. Lack of Permits:

A reputable flipper will obtain the necessary permits for their renovations. Check public records for the permit history to ensure the work was done legally. Avoid properties where shortcuts were taken with permits, as this can lead to future complications.

  1. Rushed Finishes:

Take note of any areas that appear unfinished or patched up hastily. Poorly painted walls, uneven tile work, or hastily installed fixtures are signs that the flipper prioritized speed over quality. If the little things aren’t properly addressed, then the bigger things also are likely not well done either.

When considering a house that’s been remodeled (or flipped), don’t be swayed by superficial improvements. All that’s shiny isn’t gold! Dig deeper to assess the quality of workmanship, materials, and the integrity of the property’s vital systems. The biggest key to all of this: get a proper inspection done so you’re fully aware of any potential issues or shortcuts that were taken.

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