Here we are on the second floor of one of my latest renovations located in Onset, Massachusetts.
Unfortunately I forgot to mention to cameraman Ryan that today's property was not in the best of condition. You really had to watch your step as the top floor was loaded with dog poop and plenty of other "things" you would not want to step in.
Obviously not ideal terrain for Ryan's flip-flops! From now on, wearing work boots when entering a new property will be one of my top house flipping tips.
The situation on the second floor of this property was rather dire. Currently there are three bedrooms on the second floor. To access the blue bedroom you must first pass through the red bedroom which is not ideal and must be changed.
After consulting with my contractor and architect we decided to knock down the wall that is currently separating the blue and red bedroom. This is not a load bearing wall and I could probably knock it down with my own two hands if I wanted to.
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.
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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!
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I recently purchased this property and I hope to have the rehab process complete in 30-35 days. Needless to say I am pretty excited about this house's potential!
I am not expecting this property's renovations to be too intense. However at first glance this house looks pretty ugly for lack of a better term.
The roof is going to have to be replaced. As I have mentioned before we don't cut corners, especially when it comes to a roof. If the roof is more than 15 years old we are going to replace it no questions asked. While we are it we will also switch out the old gutters with brand new ones.
The landscaping should not be too overwhelming either which is great news when flipping properties. Adding in a few mulch beds and sprucing up the walk way will have a big impact on the overall visual appeal of the yard.
A quick power wash job to the house's exterior will clean up the cedar shingles and get the the shingles looking almost like new. In addition we are going to put in vinyl siding. I am not sure of the color yet but I am leaning towards going with a "Cape Cod grey." I think the vinyl siding will look very nice coupled with blue or black shutters.
There are two unique aspects to this property's back yard. There is a sun room and a concrete patio that both need some TLC. Instead of tearing down the sun room and ripping up the concrete patio (which would be expensive!) I am going to leave both in place and opt for a good solid clean job.
I think the future owner of this home will really enjoy the patio and the sun room. Sometimes it helps to put yourself in the shoes of the potential home buyer.
In addition we will be putting in some fencing around the back yard and also put in some mulch beds. All in all the exterior of this home, as well as the landscaping are not too bad - they both just need a little rehab attention.