I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses. My latest flip house, Dori sports the 3 L’s in real estate, but will need more than a bit of creativity to make the house sellable. You can find more about this house and about my 4 previous flip houses here. Aside from installing my DIY shutters, which I showed off to you in yesterday's post,
my only job this week at the flip house was to prep for drywall. I hammered in some nails, got rid of stray screws, and made sure that everything was all set so that drywall could get hung. Then I pretty much stayed clear so that I wasn't in the way while the drywall hangers did their thing. Finally this house is starting to look clean and fresh (if you ignore all the hideous flooring still remaining...).
If I was a drywaller, I would bathe in lotion. After just being in the house with all that dust for a short period of time, my hands were crying out for moisture! As soon as all the mudding and taping is done and dry, I'll start attacking it all with paint. Hopefully by the end of next week *fingers crossed.* One last exciting thing is happening (most likely as I sit here typing) and I'll give you a hint:
Landscaping is getting finished and the patio is going down! This is going to be the gem of the yard. My contractor was asking me why I was spending the money on a patio and not just planting grass where the old concrete was removed from. Flipping's not always about spending the least amount of money, it's about the perception of value. Aside from the fact that it'll look prettier (although I can't always use that to determine my flip decisions), it will extend the living space out doors. This house is tiny. There's no way around that. However, if I can make potential buyers see that while the bedrooms are small, the space they have to live and function in feels open and spacious, then the patio will be worth every penny.
Have a stellar weekend!