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The Importance of Boiler Location

I could ramble on for a long time about house flipping tips relating to creating open space, as you may have already realized.

However creating open space is very important when it come to successfully flipping houses.

At this property, the original boiler/oil heater was located on the first floor in what is now the guest bedroom.  Having the heater on the first floor just did not make sense, so we made the decision to move the heating unit into the lower level.

By doing this we freed up a ton of space on that room on the first floor, which of course adds value to the property.

We installed a direct vent boiler on the lower level.  The unit is small yet very capable of efficiently heating the entire house.

The house will now feature three distinct heating zones - two zones on the first floor on one zone on the second.  This is very important in a house of this size, especially considering how cold the weather can get  in New England during the winter.

If we went with a larger unit we would have had to "stack" the unit somewhere in the lower level which would not have been ideal.

The home also had an old chimney that was not up to code.  I did the research and it would have cost us a lot of money to bring the chimney up to code and get it in working order.  Not worth the time, hassle and money in my opinion so we went ahead and took it down.

I'm excited about this new boiler setup because it will definitely save the new homeowner a lot of money on his heating bill.  The ability to control the heat in three distinct zones is very appealing to home buyers and is a big selling point.

Thanks for checking out this house flipping tip and be sure to leave a comment or two below.

Thanks and see you at the top!

Mike

Water View Wareham Property | Before and After

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This property overlooks a tranquil pond in Wareham, MA.  The house had a lot of potential, however we knew right off the bat that it was going to require a lot of work to get flip this house and get it ready to be sold.

The first thing that struck us about this home was the exterior.  There were certain parts of the house that were, quite literally, falling apart.

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So needless to say we had some landscaping work to do!

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Before and After Photos – Wareham

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I really enjoy the entire process of flipping houses.  Whether it is finding new investment opportunities, tearing down walls or negotiating a final purchase price - I really do love it all.

One of the most satisfying aspects of flipping houses is looking back at what a renovated home used to look like.  I am consistently amazed at the transformation that takes place once my team and I get to work.

Over the years I have taken many before and after pictures that help to document the dramatic changes many of our properties go through.

Every once in a while I find it beneficial to take a look at these photos.  Sometimes when I feel slightly overwhelmed, viewing these before and after pictures brings me back down to Earth.  It's a nice reminder of not only the income I have been able to generate for myself and my team, but it also reminds me that I am helping to create a comfortable living space for a family or individual.

Creating new living spaces is really what is going on here.  We're taking houses that are in many instances, unhealthy places to be living, and transforming them into beautiful spaces where people want to live.  It's good for me, it's good for the new homeowner and it's also good for the surrounding community.

That is what flipping houses is all about.

When I view my career from this perspective, it makes it easier to deal with unexpected issues and "problems."  For example, I may have an easier time dealing with a permitting problem, once I remember that someday an ordinary guy like myself might be raising a family like mine in this house.

If your goal is to flip houses for a full-time living, then it is important that you too adopt a mental attitude that allows you to deal with unexpected issues in a positive and constructive manner.  It really is important to continually work on developing a house flipping mindset.

And these photographs continually help me to do just that!

As this blog continues to grow I'll be sure to add in more before and after links below.

Water View Wareham Property

In the meantime I hope that you are able to find some inspiration viewing these photos!

Take care and see you at the top!

Mike

Flip and Grow Rich | Definiteness of Purpose

flip and grow richContrary to what many people may think, the single most important factor in house flipping success is not finding the right property...nor is it negotiating the sales price...nor is it containing your rehab costs,  nor is it avoiding "the bad deals"...

Although those are all important, the most important factor to house flipping success by far is having the right house flipping mindset.

Although "The Secret" hits on many important aspects of house flipping success, it was not the first book of its kind to discuss the importance of mindset when achieving success. In actuality, "The Secret" borrowed most of its concepts from many other books, including the ones mentioned here.

One of the greatest books I have ever read on mindset and how to flip and grow rich at the same time is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

This book hugely influenced my house flipping career - so much that I still refer back to it on regular basis to review its basic concepts to reinforce to me exactly how to flip and grow rich.

Flip and Grow Rich...With Definiteness of Purpose

In the first of what will be a series of "flip and grow rich” posts, today we will be reviewing the first step in this process and how it relates to the house flipping mindset - to set you on the path to ultimate house flipping success.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe...the mind can achieve”

-Napoleon Hill

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Creating Open Space

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I talk about creating open space in the flipping houses tips section of this blog, and to be honest, it is hands down one of the most important house flipping tips I can share with you-especially now in 2012.

Folks these days commonly search for a home with an open floor plan.  A layout that flows from one room through to the next.  This is especially attractive if the house is situated near the ocean, a lake, pond or other nice view.

Sometimes creating an open floor plan is a challenge.  More often than not the house flips we do are, initially, full of small hallways and walls that really shouldn't be there to begin with.

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