Saturday, August 25, 2007

A&E's Flip This House, San Antonio Scumbags

First, let me say that I have less than zero respect for that raging piece of crap Armando and how he conducts business. With that said:

This week's episode (and I don't know if it was a rerun or not) had the previously mentioned shit-bag flipping a house which should have been condemned and bulldozed. It was filled with cat crap, rats, roaches, debris, etc. Just plain freakin' horrible. Bad enough that the neighbors called the police due to the smell.

Well, Armando figures he can just clean out the garbage and paint using some odor-neutralizing paint and he's good to go. Typical cheap-ass-don't-worry-about-who-may-actually-end-up-living-here-in-the-future attitude from him. His brother had the balls to quit on him so he wouldn't have his name on that project. Good for him.

As they get deeper and deeper into the flip, they end up having to replace drywall, plumbing, etc., all of which cost this cheap SOB plenty more than he expected. Since all he seems to care about is money, this made the episode fun to watch. I mean seriously, how could anybody with even a small slice of intelligence walk into a house that is literally caked in cat crap, urine, and worse, and figure that it's NOT going to cost a ton to clean it up correctly? Better yet, how could anybody figure the house could even be saved?

I am amazed at how he can disregard the potential health-issues like this. To my knowledge, they didn't remove any subfloors on the place (they could have been concrete, but they didn't really show). The odor-blocking paint probably helps, but that only covers the surface - the problem is that the urine is soaked into the wood. Anybody who dislikes cats (like me) knows how bad cat piss smells and how difficult it is to fully remove from a house - especially when it's hot & humid. Last I checked, Texas gets that way occasionally.

The condo I renovated a few years ago (here, here, here, and here) had a cat-piss problem, but it luckily localized in one area which we could daily wash with bleach. After a dozen washings it got a heavy coat of primer and paint. All molding was removed and replaced. New carpet tack-strips, padding, and carpet was installed over the concrete floor too, and we could still very faintly smell the piss if we got right down on the floor.

At the end of the show, they accepted an offer on the place from a lady with two young kids. I was happy to see that the sale fell through. She had two freakin' kids and they were going to sell her this polished-turd of a house. Nice ethics you got there, Armando - it looks like they've never been used. Shit-bags like you who are only interested in making money have a special layer of hell reserved just for you.


Jayne said...

Loved, loved, loved this post! You had me laughing. And nodding right along with you.

Fargo 1928 said...

I miss the days of Trademark Properties on that show. I am glad they got their own show on TLC though... it's probably my favorite show!

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to make sure I keep a bag of gloves around the house. I should have learned my lesson when I remove the old, greasy ovens.

This is why I really enjoy blogging; I learn so much helpful info from the poor souls who have suffered through it before!

Smudgemo said...

I hate that guy. Not only does he do crap like that, he treats all the guys that work for him like dirt. I feel sorry for his wife and kids because I doubt he is hamming it up like the OCC guys.

I tend to think karma will catch up with this guy. Especially with the real estate slow-down going on. He'll be having to compete with homes that were not once a litter-box.

Muskego Jeff said...

Yeah, it makes me wonder what the Trademark guys would have done. I'm betting they would have either not purchased the place or they would have gutted it completely if they were insane enough to get involved with that house.

I'm guessing that they edit the video to portray a certain image of that ass-clown Armando, but I don't believe that A&E would intentionally make a guy look like a complete asshole if he really wasn't one to begin with. I can't remember any video footage of him doing anything good for the community - it's all about what can HE get to line his pockets.

By contrast, I'm actually getting a little bored watching the Trademark guys doing job after job to help people out. Rebuilding the high school concession stand, helping an old friend get off drugs, etc. More power to those guys if that's typical for them and not just an image they want to show.

Durf said...

Likewise, I can't stand Armando et al. I used to like the Trademark shows, but when they switched networks it became all about the huge ego of Richard. All he does now is quote his various goofy catch phrases. I don't watch it anymore. My brother and I figure he produces it himself to save money, thinking he could do better at TLC. The new New Haven guys bore me. I also prefer the other couple that started the Atlanta shows.

Muskego Jeff said...

You mean Sam Leccima in Atlanta? He's evidently in some hot water for being a fraud. Evidently they never owned any of the houses they "flipped" either. He's also accused of defrauding people to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. I guess A&E didn't pick a winner with him.

There was another black couple who I don't think were connected with Leccima, but I may be getting two shows confused.

Anonymous said...

They just re-aired this show last night. Totally disgusting and I have to agree with your points. That said, Armando is still my favorite flipper on the show! Asshole or not.

Anonymous said...

I remember this one.. I work as a dispatcher for the police department and we were told to send officers out if any work was being done to this house due to no permits and the unsafe conditions. Believe me, we were hoping they would just so we could give this guy another ticket.

Nina Erdos said...

You're an attention whore. What about the people who did this to the house or the owners who left it this way? At least Armando took on the project and in the end it was 8 million times better than the disgusting abandoned crap it once was.

Why spend so much energy hating someone based on an edited TV portrayal? This is a country founded and built on capitalism, yet someone who improved a neighborhood and is earning money as a result of it is chastised. Did you renovate your cat house for free?

Get off of your ridiculous high horses and get a life.

RJM25 said...

Haha, this post comes up high when you search "flip this house armando asshole." The dude is a complete tool. He constantly rages and throws temper tantrums like a 2yr old. He also seems to treat his employees like shit, which his foreman/primary sub even said during one of the shows.

The guy has no respect for people, just money.