Creating Open Space

Flipping Houses Tips

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.

This is when I usually make a call to a trusted architect and/or structural engineer.  It's important to realize that some aspects of house flipping are best left to the professionals-identifying what support beams can and cannot be removed is definitely a situation for the pros!

So with this house flip, that is located right on a pond, I called in an engineer to help me out.  We decided to remove a few support beams and install an LVL (laminated veneer lumber) support beam.

This allowed us to create space in a once congested and small family room.  Now the family room is quite massive and has water views from every direction.

What a difference a little money and a trusted engineer can have on a property.

The family room is now a major selling point for the home.  I'm happy to say that this house is now under agreement, which is of course an awesome feeling.

Be sure to stay tuned for more flipping houses tips, coming your way over the next few weeks.

Take care and see you at the top!


Mike LaCava

I'm a full time real estate investor, proud Dad and husband. My team and I are working to restore communities - one house at a time. House Flipping School is my way of sharing this vision with other investors who want to do good for their community, and make money flipping houses.