Want to know the best way to flip a house? The secret to getting the best and fastest results as you find and flip houses isn’t complicated at all, and it’s not expensive, either. In fact, it’s really simple and really cheap!
When it comes to house flipping, curb appeal is everything. When you’re on the hunt for houses to flip, you may be able to look beyond an un-mowed lawn and a bad paint job, but your potential homebuyers won’t. They’ll see those things as representations of what the house looks like on the inside, and they won’t give you a second look.
When you have a house flip that needs a lot of work or that you’re anxious to get on the market, you can sell it faster with a little bit of advertising, but you definitely have to get it presentable first – thus, the importance of curb appeal.
Mow the Lawn and Trim the Hedges
Houses that look like they’ve been abandoned and vacant for some time take longer to sell and don’t sell for as much money. The sooner you can get your house flip looking like someone’s been caring for it, the better. Before you start seriously rehabbing, just get your mower and a pair of hedge clippers out and get the front lawn and any bushes or hedges cut and cleaned up.
Start From the Outside and “Move In”
Once you have the lawn cleaned up and looking more presentable, you may not be ready to put a “For Sale” sign out quite yet, but you’re closer than you might think. The best way to flip a house fast is to get it looking good and attract market interest as soon as possible. So, once you’ve had the property inspected and you’ve evaluated everything your house flip needs, start on the outside.
Does it need a new roof or does the roof just need to be pressure washed to remove mold and debris? Does it need a new paint job? How is the lawn looking? Focus on these repairs and improvements first with your rehab. Then, once they’re done, take a look at your house flip again from the curb. Even if you haven’t done anything at all to the inside yet, this house looks like it’s in great shape and ready to sell.
Now’s the time to put a “For Sale” sign out and start garnering interest in the property. Of course, you won’t be showing it yet, but you’ll have interested buyers calling you about it. Just tell them that it’s not ready to show yet, but you’ll be happy to call them back when it is. Before you’ve even finished rehabbing, you’ll have a list of potential buyers ready to look, and you’ll be earning a profit in no time!
Quick and Easy Details to Help Improve Curb Appeal
While you’re working on the exterior of your house flip, pay attention to the details. If you spend just a little bit of time and money planting a few flowers around the mailbox, sprucing up the shrubbery around the house, and/or hanging attractive curtains in the windows, you’ll notice a major difference in the appearance of the house, and so will potential buyers when they drive by to take a look.
Tarek and I have been doing this for years, and we love these easy, inexpensive ways to improve a house flip and get it sold as fast as possible.