The Flip House Saga Continues (It Goes From Bad To Worse)

Do you remember our neighbor’s flip house? If you missed that story, you can read more about it here: A House Flip Goes Wrong (And House Flippers Go Crazy). Long story short, a fin bought the house next to us, and in my humble opinion, changed everything in the house using cheap materials and shoddy workmanship, and then put the house on the market for $450,000.

I don’t remember when the house went on the market after the “upgrade” (I said, trying to hold back the eyerolls), but in January of this year, the price was marked at $439,000.

And what is offered for that price? Well, you can jump to my previous post to see all the details, and you can watch the videos I took in the kitchen in my Instagram story highlightsbut suffice it to say the kitchen is a total mess.

Here are the highlights:

  1. The space for the refrigerator (not pictured above) is really narrow, and there is no water line.
  2. There is another area with enough wall space for a refrigerator, but it has no outlet or water line.
  3. The cabinet with space for the dishwasher was installed after the baseboards were installed, so there is about a 1/2-inch gap between the cabinet and the wall.
  4. The space for the dishwasher does not have any electricity or plumbing.
  5. The upper corner cabinets do not coordinate with the lower corner cabinets, so you have to bend under the upper cabinets to reach the end drawers. The other side has the same arrangement.
  6. The stove stands alone. There are no cabinets/countertops around it, which makes for a messy and awkward cooking experience.

The kitchen is just ridiculous, and the fact that they start asking $450,000 for a house with a kitchen seems crazy to me.

I have noticed that the price has dropped gradually over the past nine months, and now the price has dropped to $325,000. That still seems crazy to me for this house…with this kitchen that would have to be completely torn down and redone…but they didn’t ask for my input.

So one day earlier this week, I was working in our master bathroom, and I looked out the window to see two work trucks sitting in the driveway. These are trucks loaded with ladders and toolboxes (actually, one is a van, and the other is a truck) with the company’s name on the side. I don’t pay attention to the name of the company, but they were there for a few hours doing some kind of work on the house.

I wasn’t interested enough to ask any specifics, but I did ask if the house had been sold. The guy told me it didn’t sell, so I went about my business.

And then as I was driving home yesterday, I noticed some of their work. OH…MY…GOSH. When I thought of “upgrade” [huge eyeroll] in this house could not be worse, they proved me wrong.

Apparently, someone thought that the two entrances with stairs leading to them needed handrails, so now the house has a handrail outside each entrance. I’ll start with the nicer of the two. Here’s what the handrail looks like at the second entrance…

What is that?! But again, that’s the nicer of the two.

Here is the new handrail at the main front entrance of the house…

Let me remind you that this is done by “professionals” with vehicles full of tools and official company name on the side of their vans/trucks.

But apparently, those toolboxes don’t have a level or tape measure. I mean, just look at how that thing leans!

If you need a handrail for extra stability as you walk up the steps, would you trust this item?

I can’t believe there are “professionals” who do this kind of work. How do people like this stay in business?

I just can’t fathom it. I wish I had paid more attention and at least the name of the company was written on the side of those cars. These people should not be allowed to work in homes if this is the type of work they do.

But really, this work is the same as the rest of the work done in this house. And they’re still asking $325,000 for it.

In contrast, we bought our house on the same size lot (one acre) for $80,000, and I changed our front porch from it…

In this…

And I’m just a home owner. I don’t have a big truck or van full of ladders and toolboxes, or a big business name logo on the side of my car. But I have a bubble level and a tape measure, and I’m proud of my work. I hope the people who made a complete mess of the house next door do the same.

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