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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.

Wannabe Flipper’s First House Remains Elusive in Seller’s Market

Dear Fliposaurus:

I am a regular reader of your blog and want to get into the house flipping business. I have saved a little over $30,000 for my first project. However, I am having a miserable time finding a good flip house. The prices seem way too high and I’m worried that I don’t have much profit margin.

Can you give me some advice on how to find a good house?

Kevin C.

Columbus, Ohio
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When You’re a House Flipper, Stick to Your Knitting

My grandmother was a daisy. When I was getting picked on in elementary school, she
encouraged me to end the problem by planting a brick in the face of my tormentors, yet she fed
every bum who knocked on her door looking for a handout. She butchered her first chicken when
she was six-years old, nursed every major wound received by her adventurous grandson, and
could recite Shakespeare.

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“Gaggers” Are a Common Hazard When Flipping a House

If you are going to flip houses, pray that you don’t have a weak gag reflex. If you do, be prepared to wretch because you will undoubtedly run into carcasses and other stimuli that will get the old tummy gurgling.

Here are some of our favorites . . . or, no-so-favorites.

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Make Sure Your Flip Has Some Exterior Zip

Your flip has got to stand out when your prospective buyers pull up in front of the house.

A National Association of Realtors study found 50 percent of all potential home buyers make their decision not to buy a house before going inside.

Curb appeal is extremely important.
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10 Inexpensive Touches That Help Sell a Flip

1) Paint. If you do the work yourself, you generally will have a couple hundred dollars in paint and a few days labor.

2) New outlets, switches and covers. You can buy an outlet and cover for less than a buck. Switches and covers are even cheaper. This adds to the look of a freshly painted room.

3) New faucets. You don’t have to spend a fortune on high-end fixtures, but simply replacing them with new, clean faucets will help brighten up a bathroom or kitchen.

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Flipping Has Its Share of Aggravations; Here Are Fliposaurus’ Top 10 Teeth- Grinders

1) Drywall dust.
Seriously, drywall dust is to flippers as a big, hairy tarantula is to an arachnophobe.
I hate it. The stuff gets everywhere! I’ve lost count of the number of shop vacs we’ve burned up
cleaning up drywall dust. It finds its way into every crevice of the house and your body. The only
way I’ve found to even modestly control it is to hang plastic over the doors of the rooms where
the work is being performed, but even then it’s everywhere.

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Curb Appeal is Critical When Selling a Flip House

If you are a regular follower of Fliposaurus.com, you know that we are big advocates of making sure your place has excellent curb appeal. Most buyers make a decision whether to buy a house before they ever walk inside, so curb appeal is critical.
Here are some before-and-after photos of a house we recently flipped. When we purchased the house, which was painted aqua, it was barely visible from the street because of three large trees. We removed the trees and then began work on the house.
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Just Buy a Dang Key Ring

KeysHere’s a little tip that will save you some aggravation.

Do you see the photo of my hand full of keys? Do you know why they are piled up in my palm? Because I hung them on a hook in my office without tagging them.

Why did I do that?
Because once upon a time I was sure I would always remember which key went to which flip house.

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