Deciding to purchase a home as an investment property is one of the most important financial decisions in a lifetime. Whether you’re a seasoned investor or a newbie, flipping houses can be a little scary. But it doesn’t have to be! With over 12 years of property management experience, we have learned a few things over the years. Here are five steps to fix and flip houses the right way.
1. Create Your Budgets
Before even shopping for a home, you need to create your budgets. One budget should estimate how much it will cost to purchase the home and close on it. The next budget should account for the renovation. When it comes to budgeting, it’s always better to overestimate and have more money than less. If it’s your first time fixing and flipping, a professional contractor should be your first stop to get accurate pricing. When you work with TALK Property Management, we can help you find credible contractors.
2. Find Fix & Flip Properties
Now that you’ve done the beginning research, you’ll want to continue finding outdated properties to remodel. It requires a particular skill to find these undervalued opportunities, evaluate them, and manage them, so they’re completed on time and within budget. We can handle remodeling on your behalf when you choose TALK Property Management to help you on your fix and flip journey. The secret to finding a good fix and flip property is to find off-market homes and homeowners who are highly motivated to sell. As your REALTOR®, we can help you find these covert opportunities.
3. Make the Right Offer at the Right Price
The price you pay for your property will determine the profit you’ll make when you sell in the future. So if you overpay, it’s likely you won’t make any profit at all. If it’s in good condition, it means you’ll have to do less work. If it’s in bad shape, you can make a fair offer that’s under the market value as you’ll need to put in more time and money to fix it up. It could mean you could have a lower offer accepted. Essentially, the better the condition, the closer you’ll want to pay to market price, and the worse the state it’s in, then the less you want to offer.
4. Hire Contractors & Begin Remodeling
After closing, the property is yours and ready to be broken down and brought back to life! Don’t make the newbie mistake of trying to tackle everything by yourself. An investor is only as successful as their team, and part of your team is your remodeling crew.
In an ideal remodel, you’ll finish remodeling the property in five or fewer weeks. Again, timing is crucial because the longer you hold onto a property, the more it will cost. Because, as the famous saying goes, “time is money.” Make sure your time and money are going to a credible and efficient contractor, so get several quotes.
5. Market & Sell Your Fix & Flip Property
Now that the property is remodeled, it’s ready to go live! Any good REALTOR® will tell you that marketing is essential if you want your property to sell. That’s why you can’t skimp out on marketing your newly renovated place. With TALK Property Management, we run a Comparable Market Analysis to get you a fair rent price based on the current market trends and photograph your property for advertising on social media, the Multiple Listing Service, and our website.
Contact us today if you’re ready to buy your next investment property or need help creating a plan! Reach out to TALK Property Management–we are here to help: (512) 721-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.