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Welcome to Fliposaurus!

This website was designed to help you through the process of flipping a house. We have attempted to convey this information without the drama of reality television or the slick, no-money-down ads you sometimes hear to lure you into a seminar. Our collective experience of nearly twenty years in the house-flipping business has been relayed in a way that is simple and easy to read. House flipping is not easy. However, by taking a methodic approach to flipping, you can be successful . . . without the drama.

Once A Flip Is In Your Rearview Mirror, Don’t Look Back

Jefé and I were recently looking at a potential flip in a neighborhood where we had flipped a house a few years ago. It was a great flip. We bought it at auction after the previous owner went into foreclosure.

After a few months work, we took the pig of the neighborhood and converted it to a showplace.

The house we were looking at was across the street and a few doors down from the old flip. From there, we could see it was a mess. The grass was high and it appeared that the landscaping hadn’t been touched since the day they bought it. In fact, it looked like the couple that bought it were busy allowing it to fall into its previous stage of disrepair.

One of the neighbors saw Jefé and I looking around the potential flip, remembered us, and walked over to chat. But, all he really wanted to do was gripe about the current condition of the old flip. He was furious.

“That dang house is cursed,” he said. “Everyone who moves in there trashes it up and it’s our property values that suffer.” He pointed to me, then Jefé, and said, “This must scald your cookies something royal after all the time and effort you put into dressing that place up.”

I looked at him and shrugged. “No, not really.”

“Why not?” asked.

“Because it’s not our house,” Jefé said. “They bought it; they can do whatever they want with it.”

He was baffled by our response. We are not creating artwork for the ages. We’re fixing up houses to make money. Once we sell them, they can trash them if they want. It’s their choice.

Over the years, Jefé and I have driven past many of the houses that we’ve flipped. In some cases, they look spectacular. In others, they’ve been trashed. We are very proud of our houses when we put them on the market, but once they’re gone, they’re gone.

We actually look at as an opportunity. If they trash it, we might be able to buy it back cheap and flip it again.

Fiskars’ Tree Pruner Earns Another Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence

Our friends at Fiskars have done it again.

Congratulations to Fiskars as they have become the only company to win two Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence awards.

A while back, Fliposaurus awarded Fiskars its first Gold Seal for its Extendable Power-Level Lopper.

This time, we are presenting Fiskars with a Fliposaurus Gold Seal of Excellence for its 16-foot, chain-driven, extendable pole saw and tree pruner. This is a great tool and well deserving of the award.

Jefé and I understand the importance of landscaping. Many would-be home buyers decide not to buy a house before ever walking through the front door. Appearance counts. We do a lot of work to make sure a potential buyer’s first impression is a good one.IMG_0373

The Fiskars’ tree pruner makes creating that first impression a lot easier, and it saves us money as we are able to do a lot of the tree trimming ourselves.

The tree pruner has a double-locking system, which prevents the pole from coming unlocked during use, and its oval design reduces flexing during use. The titanium-coated cutting blade is chain-driven, and cuts up to three times easier than similar products. I can verify this. After trimming trees at a recent flip, I was astonished at how little tension I needed to put on the cord to clip through limbs.

The 15-inch saw blade, which can be used on larger limbs, has a hooked end that helps keeps the blade on the limb.

The pruner sells for about $80 and comes with a full lifetime warranty.

Congratulation to Fiskars on another great product!

Do Things Right and You Don’t Have to Worry About Dishonest Flippers

CNBC recently ran an article warning would-be home buyers about the potential dangers of buying a flip house.

Apparently, there are house flippers out there that don’t always do things the right way.

Shocking!

Turns out, there are shady house flippers, much like there are shady lawyers, financial advisors, doctors, newspaper reporters, and virtually every other profession in the world.

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A Tip For Working With Drywall

IMG_0149Here’s a little tip on working with drywall.

Don’t.

It’s like brain surgery and rocket science; it should be left to the professionals.

Yesterday, we had more than 200 sheets of drywall – most of it 4×12-foot sheets – delivered from Menards for our current house. It cost us about $50 dollars to have it delivered. It was the best money we’ve spent on this project.
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Meet the boys – Manny & Josè

There is nothing like a reliable crew to make a flip go smoothly. We have some of the best workers around.

Here are two of them – José and Manny.

Manny says he is the good-looking one, but in case you can’t tell he’s the one on the left.

José and Manny have been working for us for about five years. We were introduced to the boys by our dry waller, Mario.
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Restoring Oak Floors

shutterstock_579516859Our Jefé – he’s never met a challenge he didn’t embrace.

We are in the midst of our biggest renovation ever – taking a World War II-era, one-story built on a crawl and turning it into a modern, open-floor-plan house with a basement. How big is this renovation? Well, at one point all that was left standing of the original house was three walls.

It will be all new. New HVAC, electric, plumbing, roof, kitchen, and on and on.

Saturday, Jefé and I were at the house tearing out the old drywall and insulation.

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Remember This Flippers: Houses Should Have Roofs

IMG_1983 We finally have a roof on our latest flip. This is a very good thing, particularly when it’s snowing and 20-degrees.

We are adding an extra floor, so a perfectly good roof had to come off the one-story house so we could put in stronger joists, add to the existing walls, and build new rafters. It’s a major project and we were weeks looking at a roofless house while snow piled up inside.

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Pouring Footers Made Easier with Form-A-Drain panels

We poured the footers and built basement walls for our new project last wefliposaurus-seal083116ek
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As I said earlier, this is venturing into uncharted territory for us as we rarely change the footprint of our flips. Most of the time, it’s too costly and time-consuming. However, this flip was different in that we needed to demolish an old, poorly built porch on the back of the house. Given that the house was less than1,000-square feet, with no basement, we thought it best to add a family room over a basement, which would give us space for all the new mechanicals.

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Our Tips For Digging Foundation At Your Flip

img_1965By this time of the year, Jefé and I had hoped to be much further along on our current project. Our goal was to be under roof by the time the snow starting flying.

As you can see by some of the photos, not only are we not under roof, we don’t even have a roof.
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