If You’re Going to Flip, Flip All the Way


Beautifully updated home with a wonderfully open floorplan with vaulted ceilings

Sounds pretty good. The listing went on to say there were new granite countertops in the bathrooms and new carpet in the bedrooms. What more could a buyer ask for from a fix-and-flip property, right?

Except, as it turns out there were quite a few rough edges.

First off, there were paint smudges where whoever was using the roller went a bit to far and hit the ceiling. And not just one or two, but at least a half-dozen. I don’t judge, considering such marks are my personal signature (and currently can be seen in my own dining area.) But when you’ve purchased a property for $100,000 and are trying to sell it for $60,000 more, make sure to get someone in who can paint.

Speaking of the ceiling, the popcorn’s still there. Not only that, it’s been freshly painted – this makes it a bit more difficult to remove, not insurmountably so, but comfortably in the royal pain in the tuchas range. And whoever was using the sprayer managed to get white paint on top of the freshly painted brown walls.

Again … not tragic, but sloppy.

And that’s really the issue here. When a potential buyer sees such sloppiness on the little things, he can’t help but wonder what may have taken place with the bigger items that might not be quite as obvious. The last thing you want to do as a seller is leave a buyer with questions, yet that’s what this seller is doing.

If you’re going to fix and flip a home, make sure it’s completely fixed before you flip it lest things still look a bit … sideways.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.