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.

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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Don’t Go Into House Flipping Without a Partner Like Jefe

JefePhoto (1)The ice machine in my refrigerator quit working. I had Jefe take a look, and he
said, “Oh, that’s the wansomjigit clamp on your fanulesprocket pump.”

Or, at least that’s the way I heard it. I said, “Really. How do you know?”

He laughed and said, “Well, what else could it be?”

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Dollars & Sense

  • Buy gift cards at your local grocery store and earn fuel points.
  • If you know that you’re going to spend $4,000 at Home Depot over the course of a flip, buy $4,000 in gift cards and get the fuel points. It’s not difficult to rack up a couple hundred dollars in free gasoline.
  • The same can go for a credit card that offers cash-back rewards. Take advantage of these offers.
  • Lowe’s is no longer selling gift cards at local grocery stores. They have moved away from gift cards and are driving customers to use their store credit card by offering a five-percent discount.
  • Jefe and I are not big fans of credit cards, but we frequently use the Lowe’s card. We save a minimum of $100 when we buy appliances. It adds up. (Pay them off every month. I don’t want Dave Ramsey balling me out for urging people to use credit cards. Companies that give away credit cards bank on you carrying a balance so they can make money on the interest. That five percent you save will be gone in a heartbeat if you carry a balance on your card.)
  • Also, open a ProServices account with Lowe’s. ProServices specialists can save you additional money on some purchases.

Why I Spend Way Too Much Time Grinding My Teeth These Days

This blog doesn’t have as much to do with house flipping as it does to simply further document my rapid descent into grumpy old manhood.

Over the years, Jefe and I have looked at hundreds of houses, and some of them have been real stinkers. I mean, they smelled really bad.

Last week, we looked at a prospective flip house that turned out to be the King of Rancid, the Sultan of Stinky, the Gargantuan of Gag.

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Bedroom Vanities, Sinks Can Relieve Morning Congestion

Modern families want spacious master bathrooms with a double vanity so both working parents can get ready at the same time.

However, older bathrooms were often smaller and not constructed to accommodate a double vanity. This can be a deal killer for families with two working parents.

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