Ask the Home Inspector: Peeling Bathroom Paint

This blog is dedicated to a lovely friend (who shall remain nameless, unless she chooses to reveal herself), and written at her request.  Last night we attended a wonderful farm to table dinner event in High Point. It was a great gathering in a group setting.  People often ask us home related questions, and last night was no exception.  Between meal courses, our fellow diner asked: “Can you explain why the paint is already peeling in our bathroom?  Our house isn’t even old!”

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Happy 4th of July

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“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – – Louis D. Brandeis

 

Under Pressure

You’re having a shower and somebody flushes the toilet.  Suddenly, you don’t have water at the shower any more. Or maybe you run out of cold water when the toilet flushes and get scalded. Sometimes you run out of hot water in this scenario. In any case, none of these options makes you happy. Chances are, you have a water supply problem.

The water supply may be less than ideal for a number of reasons. These reasons may apply to the service piping that brings the water from the city main to the house (or from the well, lake, or river to the house) and to the distribution piping within the house.  Let’s look at some of the causes.

Should you buy a house that was a flip?

These days, a large portion of single-family homes are being flipped, that is, the homes are bought, renovated, and resold quickly.   In recent years, it has become harder for flippers to finance these investment properties, and properties are often bought with cash or hard money loans.  However, many markets are in need of housing inventory and so those that can amass the funds to flip a property can make money in the process.

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Prospective homebuyers should always have an eye out unprofessional looking renovation work and defect cover-ups.  However, when the entire property has been flipped, it may be harder to tell where the investor cut corners while prepping the home for sale.  “A lot of these guys who buy these homes to remodel and flip them do a good job,” said Bill Jacques, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors. But, “there’s always going to be the person to put lipstick on a pig and sell it. They try to honey up these houses and paint them, put some new light fixtures in and make people think they’re in new and good shape.”