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The Biggest Sign That a House Was Flipped Too Quickly

A realtor showing a home to a male couple.
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Call it the “HGTV effect” if you want, but flipped houses make up a large part of the real estate market. If you’re interested in purchasing one, there’s one thing you can do to see if everything’s been done properly. Look up!

According to Robyn Kessler, a home flipper in Delaware, there are a few red flags home buyers should be aware of when viewing flipped properties. These not only indicate that the flip was a rush job, but also that the home could be hiding deeper issues that might become a major expense down the line.

One of the most obvious is ceiling stains. A new roof is one of the most expensive things a homeowner ever has to replace. So, while you might not think to look too closely at a ceiling (other than to confirm it’s not popcorn), it can reveal if there’s been water damage, or if there’s a leak.

Kessler said to pay particular attention to the areas around light fixtures, as water is more likely to pool there.

If you do see any stains, discoloration, or spots, ask the sellers what caused them to make sure there’s a good explanation. If possible, Kessler also advises going into the attic to look at the inside of the roof and ensure there are no leaks.

Ceiling stains aren’t the only thing Kessler said home buyers should be on the lookout for, so be sure to check out all of her suggestions. There’s also something you’ll want to note on the outside of any property you’re considering purchasing.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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