I suppose this should be a category all on its own, just like “Photos Of The Week,” but either way, I just can’t get enough of these “high quality” renovations, where the MLS listings describe mention “fully renovated” houses with “only the highest quality finishes.”
You won’t believe what you’re about to see. Or, sadly, maybe you will.
Either way, if this is what represents quality in Toronto in 2014 for sloppy home-flippers…
The MLS listing specifically said: “Fully Renovated From Top To Bottom With High Quality Finishes.”
Then they added the most over-used, cliché statement: “Show Your Fussiest Buyer.”
Well, I’m not that fussy, and neither was my buyer, but we were both thoroughly unimpressed…
I always tell my clients that if you want A+ workmanship, you have to pay A+ prices. In Forest Hill or Rosedale, you can be assured only the best quality and workmanship, but you’re paying for it!
In a $500,000 house in Toronto, that’s an obvious flip, you should expect to see C+ workmanship at best, and that’s exactly what the following is:
First, we have the shingles outside the front of the house, where clearly the workers who were applying stucco to the exterior of the home couldn’t have possibly cared less how much of a mess they made:
Same goes for the back door, where they, for some reason, got stucco on the threshold, without getting it on the deck. I suppose they built the deck afterwards?
They also broke the window sill, and tried to reshape it with, you guessed it – stucco!
The right side is supposed to match the left side, only it doesn’t do anything of the sort.
It reminds me of something I saw on Facebook the other day…….oh yeah, this:
How about design?
And attention to detail?
Here we have either:
a) a fridge that is too short for the cabinets
b) cabinets that are too short for the fridge
Either way, this was very poorly planned:
I don’t ask much – but seriously?
How pathetic is this?
Every piece of flooring had a 3 mm gap in between the boards.
This flooring is brand new, and there’s no excuse, ie. “The floors expand and contract as the seasons go on, and it gets hot and cold.” Not when the floors are five days old…
They left the green painter’s tape on the ceiling of the closet where they figured nobody would look, and I’m not sure that they did all that good a job painting to begin with!
In lieu of curtain rods, which cost money, they elected to use thumb tacks.
After installing quarter-round or trim atop the baseboards, you’re supposed to fill the holes, sand the excess spackle, and then paint.
They didn’t do that for a single hole.
Why? Because it’s hard?
No, because it takes time and effort…
This is not how you properly join a counter to a wall…
This one is my fave!
So I’m a fan of this kitchen backsplash – I really like it!
It’s similar to what I have in my kitchen in terms of style, just not the colour.
However, I didn’t like my kitchen backsplash SO much that I decided to cover the ENTIRE WALL in it!
No pun intended…
Ha! Come on – you love puns and wordplay, don’t you? It’s like a Toronto Sun headline up in this joint!
And last but not least, check out the quality workmanship that went into the spindles on this deck railing:
“A job worth doing, is worth doing well.”
Many, if not most of today’s speculative home-flippers don’t adhere to that old adage.
If you want quality in Toronto, you have to pay for it.
Otherwise, you’ll have kitchen backsplash up and down the living room walls, screws hanging out your railings, gaps in your floor-boards, stucco all over the place, cabinets that are too short and anything else you can possibly think of…