As our first winter settled in, new problems surfaced. None of the solid wood doors would close because they wouldn't fit inside their door frames, indicating that they were installed without the proper clearance.
The lower level HVAC was completely wrong, with outlets positioned in the middle of the room instead of the perimeter. And the cold air returns were often adjacent to the heating outlets!
The flipper had cut large holes into both the heating ducts and cold air returns!
And this heating register had been cut directly into the main duct, and then framed-in with paint stir sticks and Liquid Nails!
Instead of using proper heating duct boots, the flipper ignored building codes again, and fashioned them out of wads of duct tape!
What's more, the heating registers were spray painted in place after installation.
I discovered that a closet ceiling that had drywall screwed directly into the heating duct!
Also, our dining room was freezing cold, and there didn't seem to be any access to the crawlspace beneath it.
I suspected that foundation access beneath the dining room had been covered up with drywall, probably in the basement.
So I carefully marked the area to be demolished...
...and began removing drywall.
Sure enough, the flipper had sealed up my crawlspace access and hid it behind drywall, completely against building code!
Here is the crawlspace underneath my dining room, which had been starving for heat during the winter months.
The flipper had littered it with construction debris.