Flipping tips

Set Your Buying Budget

As with any big purchase, you need to set a budget for your flip. Seasoned flippers recommend starting with at least $1,500 – enough for a serviceable auction car with moderate to high mileage and several years of service under its belt, ready to fetch perhaps $500 to $800 after expenses. Higher budgets mean higher profits, within reason: Many flippers caution against spending more than $5,000 to buy a flip, as the sphere of all-cash buyers gets smaller as you move up the price scale.

You must take care of taxes and obligations

The boring part of the job has no room to be shown on TV shows, especially those related to accounting and tax obligations. Even though you don’t see it, you’ll end up paying a large sum of money in fines if you ignore it in reality. Make sure to consult with someone that is a specialist or read a lot about what you owe to the authorities. If you don’t, you are risking losing a lot from your profit.

It’s important to know your prospective buyers

Everything from the changes in the house to the price you are going to ask is related with your market. That includes everyone who can and probably would buy the house from you, in a realistic scenario. It’s mandatory that you know them, or you might end up with a property you can’t sell. The TV shows might show it’s easy to find people to buy houses, but in reality, there is a lot of planning involved in it.

You may negotiate with the seller

Believe it or not, the relationship with the seller of the house doesn’t have to end when the home is yours. With some experience and a portfolio, you can prove your readiness and ability in the field. Then, you’ll be able to find a bargain. Why would someone charge less for someone that is experienced in house flipping? Well, by increasing the certainty that you are capable of profiting from the flip, the seller might be interested in getting a part of the final sale price. The main advantage here is to reduce the initial cost, therefore saving more for other projects. If you are not sure about how to price a flipped house, you can learn with material on how to determine the value of a home.

Know which improvements add value

Yes, the houses on TV look gorgeous when you add a lot of expensive things to it. However, it’s not smart to do the same when you aren’t a famous realtor trying to look good on TV. You want to maximize your profit while delivering a house that attracts buyers, but you don’t want to go overboard. In order to achieve such a goal successfully, you need to know which improvements are low on cost and add value to the house. You can make a home look like a high-end product without spending dozens of thousands of dollars unnecessarily. There are a lot of guides on the internet, showing the best fix and flip loan options, renovations and other factors to profit in house flipping.

Develop a plan

A plan sounds simple, but it takes some effort and can result in a great contribution to your overall business. Don’t only take notes on prices, budget, and contractors. Establish a real business plan specific to this type of market. By doing so, you will not only avoid being trapped in pitfalls most unprepared house flippers do. You’ll also be preparing yourself for any contingencies that you didn’t add at first but could at least predict. When you have the time, separate a few minutes to read more on how to create a business plan for house flipping. You’ll be able to understand the principles of strategically creating one.

Set Goals

If you don’t know what you want, you’ll never get it. Set goals for your blog:

  • Number of original articles to post each week
  • Growth of social media followers
  • Traffic growth
  • Profit targets
  • Newsletter signups
  • Keywords to optimize These are just some of the metrics to target. For more ideas on how to create and reach your blogging goals, see the Ultimate Blogger Routine + Blogging Goals Plan. It’s free! Furthermore, each blog post you write should have a specific reason and should advertize/lead into a specific product/service/call to action.

Engage On Social Media + Build Your Email List

If you want your social media followers to grow and translate into blog traffic, you must engage with your followers. There’s no way around it. Set aside a block of time each day that will be dedicated to social media maintenance and engagement and your numbers will increase. Build your email list from day one. You can use ConvertKit to help grow and manage your list with ease. Additionally, being able to sell your social accounts and email list, alongside the sale of your blog is another thing that buyers will pay more for.

Find Contributors

If you can’t add enough content by yourself to keep your readers visiting each day, find guest writers or other bloggers that you can feature on your blog. This adds content diversity to your blog and gives you one more link to share through your network or in newsletters.

Visually Inspect the Interior

Once you’re face to face with a promising car, get busy checking it for defects. Start by visually inspecting the interior for damaged flooring, upholstery, safety features, and instrumentation. Don’t worry too much about trash and personal possessions: You can clean out the former, and the auction lot or private seller will take care of the latter. If you’re allowed to enter the car or even roll down the windows, check for unpleasant odors, such as rotting food or stale smoke. Odors can be neutralized with extra work – and expense – but that effort might not be worth it on a low-margin flip.