Hello!! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful time these last few weeks. I have and am feeling ready to tackle another Friday’s Featured Flip. Today, we’ll dissect the work done by the 44th St. Flippers — heretofore referred to as 44-Flippers…[sorry, that’s the best I could come up with; I’m a little rusty after so many weeks away from regular blogging. I’m as embarrassed for myself as you are for me…]
You may be thinking that with so much time away I decided to deviate from my usual format of opening with the FFF in all its after glory. Well.. I’m not. This is the house after. If you’re feeling underwhelmed by this, get use to feeling that way. This whole house will probably leave you feeling that way.
The more I looked at this flip the angrier I got. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before but I really, really want to flip houses. It’s my dream. 44-Flippers are living my dream, having made enough money from past flips or gotten enough money for this flip, AND this is what they produce. As you’ll see, there isn’t anything terribly offensive about this flip, but neither is there anything particularly inspiring either. I feel like 44-Flippers squandered a great opportunity here.
Before I completely eviscerate 44-Flippers, let’s start with the basics.
Something funky happened in November when 44-Flippers initially listed the property. Unfortunately, it didn’t prompt them to update the front but once they relisted the house and it promptly went pending 6 days later! That’s crazy fast especially given how slow things generally move around this time of year. Clearly someone does not feel the same about this house as I do.
The neighborhood is up-and-coming and is one of the most sought after neighborhoods for the first-time-hipster-buyer sect since it’s close to many super trendy restaurants but still gritty. This particular house is sandwiched between a major freeway (in the Bay Area saying “major freeway” is redundant) and a busy street. Therefore there’s probably a lot of noise and traffic, which is why they should have put more effort into the finishes and staging. In the end, they won’t make as much as they could have.
In case you’re not feeling like trying to play “Where’s Waldo” to look for the update. I’ll point it out to you in the picture below.
You thought I was exaggerating, right?
Living room: before
Living room: after
The living room is the first taste you’ll get of the staging 44-Flippers did. I think it’s pretty awful. And again, left me underwhelmed and sometimes unable to tell the difference between the befores and afters.
Kitchen & Eat-In Area: before
Kitchen & Eat-In: after
There are only two pictures of the kitchen after. Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, therefore I question why 44-Flippers put so few pictures of their kitchen up. Makes me super suspicious.
Bathroom #1: before
Bathroom #1: after
Bathroom #2: after
Remember, 44-Flippers added a bathroom. I have no idea where they found the space so I give them kudos for doing that. That, however, is the only thing about this bathroom I’m impressed with. The finishes look cheap (made worse by the bad staging), including and especially the vanity.
A few years ago I started seeing these vanities. I think they’re from Home Depot. They’re really inexpensive and small, which make them more appealing. I, however, am sick of them and would like to start a movement that calls for them to stop being made. Are you with me?
Also, is anyone else getting a prison-vibe with this house? Between the bars on the windows and the tied up towels, it’s feeling a little too much like an episode of OZ. [If you don’t get the reference and you want to be traumatized, watch the series.]
Bedrooms: before & after
Again, you won’t notice much of a difference between the before’s and after’s in the bedrooms. I debated whether I should even share them with you given there really aren’t many changes. But I think you deserve to judge for yourself. I’m a giver…
Okay, there you have another FFF. Do you think 44-Flippers did a good job?