So, you want to start a flipping business? House flipping can be a very profitable venture, but it’s not as easy as it looks on TV. There’s a lot of work that goes into finding the right property, getting the financing in order, and making sure everything is done by the book. In this blog post, we will walk you through everything you need to know to get your flipping business off the ground!
The first step in starting your flipping business is to find the right property. There are a few things you should keep in mind when you’re looking for a property to flip. First, you want to make sure the property is in a good location. It should be in a neighborhood that is growing or has potential for growth.
Second, the property should be in need of repair. The more work it needs, the higher the potential profit. However, you don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Make sure you have a realistic idea of the scope of work that needs to be done and the time frame in which it can be completed. You also need to decide if you are going to do the work yourself or hire contractors.
If you plan on doing the work yourself it can save you money but will cost you a lot of time. This may be a viable option if you are very good at working on houses but you could end up doing more damage to the home and end up spending more money in the end. When you are first starting out saving the money is great because you will need it to fund the next purchase but as you grow consider hiring contractors to do the work so that you can scale your business and be able to work on multiple properties at one time.
Once you’ve found the perfect property, it’s time to start thinking about financing. If you have the cash on hand, great! If not, there are a few options available to you. You can take out a loan from a bank or other financial institution. The downside to going this route is that banks will want an appraisal on the property and since the majority of houses you will want to flip will need major repairs it most likely will not appraise and the banks will see you loan as to high of a risk. They will either not grant you the loan or if they do it will be at a very high interest rate. The other downside to using a bank is that the process takes time and the advantage that you need to have over other investors and potential buyers is speed. In real estate you must move quickly to secure the best properties.
A better option than a bank is that you can partner with an investor who will help finance the project. This is called private lending and is a great option if you know someone who is willing to loan you the money. Think of someone who may have recently received a life insurance payout or maybe someone who retired recently and would have a lot of money in a 401k that they would be willing to invest with you. Having access to this capital allows you to make an offer like the other cash house buyers in the area which is appealing to many property owners as it makes for a quick transaction and minimizes headaches during the process.
No matter how you finance your project, it’s important to make sure everything is done by the book. This means getting all the necessary permits and following all the building codes. Depending on the scope of work, you may need to hire an architect or engineer to help with the plans.
Flipping houses can be a great way to make money, but it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes time, effort, and a lot of planning. But if you do it right, you can build a successful business that will provide you with a steady income for years to come.
Have you ever flipped a house? What tips would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!