Have you ever wondered how house flippers are so successful in renovating houses and selling them fast? Well, they ensure the process is straightforward and follow some well-established steps. They see the character of a house and ensure all repairs enhance its beauty. 

The biggest mistakes you can make is to strip the building from its original details and outfit it with elements that take away its beauty. Successful house flippers save old houses by updating them cleanly and simply. This way they do the work efficiently and economically. 

Before conducting an extensive remodel, house flippers answer a list of questions to ensure the process moves along smoothly

You should also answer these questions to ensure there’s nothing you’re not prepared for. 

What the weather forecast is?

When do you plan to start the remodelling work? How the weather will be? Hot, sunny, cold, muddy, rainy, freezing temperatures? No matter if you remodel only the interior or both the interior and exterior, your contractors will go in and out of the house repeatedly. 

During winter, it’s not the best time to replace the roof, and during summer it’s not a great time for an interior upgrade. For interior renovations it’s better to start late August to early September, to make sure the repairs are completed by Christmas time. Exterior work can be done during spring or autumn. 

How long does the remodel take?

You’re thrilled to remodel the house, but do you have time to do it before the bad weather comes? Buying materials, getting permits, having inspections, and building custom furniture take time. It’s hard to determine exactly how long the process will be. For example, getting permits can take from 3 months to 1 year depending on your location. 

The moment you decide what part of the house you want to revamp, draw the plans, contact the constructor, and ask the architect to apply for permits. Because you don’t know for sure how long the above processes take, you need to be flexible about the deadline. 

How fast does the provider deliver the materials?

Do you really need that special tile from India? Or that couch from Italy? Then you have to sit tight for at least 3 months because it takes a lot of time to transport furniture and construction materials from the other part of the world. If you want to speed up the process use local materials because they are as qualitative as the imported ones. To keep transport costs at a minimum it’s wiser to buy materials locally. The heavier the materials are the higher the costs will be. 

Let’s say that you want to build a new stair but you don’t know if to use precast materials or traditional methods. Your local provider can come and evaluate the structure of the house before suggesting one of the options. Constructors usually recommend precast because it makes the execution more efficient, even for home projects. It also makes structures sturdier through the connections of precast elements. If you stay in an earthquake prone area, make precast concrete as part of your renovation.

When importing materials, you need to be ready for ramifications because your workers may have to stop mid-project to wait for the materials to arrive. 

Where do you store the materials?

Do you have space to store the materials? The best place to stag them is your garage, but if you don’t have one, you can also use the driveway. If you revamp the house during a rainy period it’s important to have a secure and waterproof place to store the materials and tools. 

Don’t purchase the furniture months ahead because the provider will tax you extra to store it. Renting a temporary storage container is more affordable than asking the manufacturer to hold the furniture. 

Where will you stay?

It’s impossible to stay in a house ripped by renovation work, so you need to look for alternatives. Staying at a hotel for a long period it’s expensive and you need every penny you can save to invest in house restoration. 

When the renovation lasts for more than 6 months, it’s smart to rent a place to stay in. For a shorter-duration project, you can ask your family and friends if they can accommodate you. If you have a trailer with a kitchenette use it as your temporary house. 

Do you want to upgrade the front yard?

You can use the front yard to store the materials and tools needed for renovation. Don’t plant any trees and flowers because the constructor will use it as a parking lot for trucks, storage space for materials and debris, and even as a dumpster. It’s though to think that your front yard is ruined to improve the aesthetics of the house, but there’s nothing you can do to avoid it. 

You can limit the damage if you have a constant dialogue with the constructor and ask them to pick up the debris regularly to prevent it from getting into the soil. 

Does the homeowner association approve your plans?

Ask the homeowner association if they approve the type of renovation you have in mind. Ensure you check the regulations before breaking down any wall. Also, you need to find out if the renovation requires approvals from the local department. In some areas, a special committee decides when contractors can work. For example, they can allow your constructor to work only from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and they may restrict work during weekends. 

Do you plan to do it yourself?

Do you want to renovate yourself or hire an expert? If you haven’t done it before you must know that construction sites aren’t relaxing places. Don’t transform it into a DIY project if you lack experience and knowledge because you can do more harm. Building walls, installing plumbing, and changing the roof require certain skills. It’s better to ask a professional to assist you during the process because revamping projects are tricky processes. 


Published by Cynthia Madison