Home Upgrades

Dual Functioning AFCI And GFCI Outlets Keep You Up To Code

The National Electrical Code requires GFCI outlets in new construction or remodeling of kitchens, garages, laundry rooms and bathrooms. It requires AFCI outlets for new work on kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and laundry rooms. So, the easiest solution to stay ahead of the game on your income property is to have dual functioning AFCI and GFCI outlets installed all around the living quarters. These handy dual functioning outlets help prevent electrical shock and residential home fires.

Insurance companies are please to see these dual functioning outlets and your tenants will be too. If you’re merely flipping the property, imagine the security these outlets will provide a potential buyer. Paying attention to this detail by going above and beyond electrical code requirements is a plan for the future and an investment that is noticed. This way, even if you haven’t installed all new electrical wiring, the residence is already significantly safer.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a hard money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, or the North and South Carolina metropolitan areas. Our application process for hard money loans is easy. Just fill out this very simple online form and you will be contacted shortly. Unlike other lenders, the window between applying and funding is very small. We have funded properties in as a little as one day, but typically funding hard money loans takes about seven to ten days.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and […]

2018 North Carolina Building Code

The Building Code Council adopted the 2018 North Carolina Building Code at its quarterly meeting in June, 2017.  The 2018 North Carolina Building Code (Except Electrical) will go into effect no later than July, 2018, according to the state’s website.  At that point, we’ll see a minimum six month over lap where either the 2012 NC Code or the 2018 NC Code is acceptable.

So, when is the new code fully active? According to the state’s website, on January 1, 2019, the new code becomes the requirement. Meanwhile, the 2018 Electrical Code went into effect this month.

“The Base Documents for the 2018 NC Codes are the 2015 International Codes,” reports the Office of State Fire Marshal.

You’re not required to wait until the code is fully effective to use it though. See, any code amendment can be used as an alternate set of rules before its effective once it clears Rules Review, of the user requests to use it.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a hard money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, or the North and South Carolina metropolitan areas. Our application process for hard money loans is easy. Just fill out this very simple online form and you will be contacted shortly. Unlike other lenders, the window between applying and funding is very small. We have funded properties in as a little as one day, but typically funding hard money loans takes about seven to ten days.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 […]

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    What Should You Do About Popcorn Ceilings When Remodeling An Investment Home?

What Should You Do About Popcorn Ceilings When Remodeling An Investment Home?

If you are buying an investment home with popcorn ceilings, consider removing or replacing this textured ceiling treatment.  They date a home and are associated with dirt, dust and asbestos. These old spray-on or paint-on ceiling treatments were once very popular in bedrooms and hallways, but they aren’t popular anymore. Sure, they hide imperfections and offer nice acoustical characteristics, but they are not preferred these days. Home buyers equate them to asbestos, dirt and dust, because many contained asbestos and they usually would get painted more often than cleaned!

Before trying to remove this treatment yourself, contact the health department. You should be able to have them test a sample. If it contains asbestos, your best bet is to invest in tongue-and-groove planks to cover the ceilings. If it doesn’t contain asbestos, the hardware store offers a solution to soften the textured ceiling treatment. Sometimes, people find that there is gorgeous plaster in great shape beneath these roll on popcorn ceilings!

Don’t pass on an investment property just because of  popcorn ceiling, but remember when you’re flipping the house that many other people will do just that!
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based on the collateral’s improved […]

Most Common Problems Identified On A Home Inspection

Have you ever wondered what the most common problems found by home inspectors are? Most problems are relatively easy to fix. So, don’t let these be deal breakers if you find an otherwise good investment.

Faulty wiring is common, but not usually a costly problem for an electrician. Often they find open junction boxes or wires without wire nuts. Easy fixes. Water on ceilings often terrify purchasers, but if it’s caused by faulty plumbing, the repairs can be no big deal. Inspectors commonly find poor drainage causing basement leaks. That’s not always hard to fix either. Bad gutters cause a myriad of issues, but are easy to replace or repair. Foundation flaws like small cracks aren’t always a huge deal. The inspector can inform you of the severity. Poor maintenance like worn shingles or a cracked driveway are also easy to repair, so don’t despair!

Now, if your inspection finds that your roof needs replacing, you could be looking at more than seven grand. If the house is in a flood zone, you might consider just running the other way. If you find major foundation issues, it might not be worth your investment. If all of the wiring is aluminum, you’ll need to replace it. That can also cost thousands, so make sure you’re prepared for that kind of cost investment before you sign the final papers.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to […]

Don’t Ever Skip The Inspection On An Investment Property

A home inspection fee starts at around $400 and goes up from there. A quality home inspection is critical, unless you are professionally trained to recognize even hidden damage in a structure. Sometimes you can’t see roof damage, outdated electrical system issues, or a hidden water leak. These issues can become very expensive, very quickly. They can be costly, even if you are skilled at DIY home repair.

A home inspector looks for proper grading away from the structure, leaks from the septic field, damage to exterior structures and landscaping issues. The inspector checks railings on stairs, notices if downspout drainage is placed properly, examines ridge and fascia board lines, checks for structural damage. The home inspector looks to see if windows or door frames are bowed, and why. Exterior surfaces are examined. They check insulation, plumbing, and evidence of foundation damage. This is just to name a few things.

If you don’t know how to check for proper plumbing installation or how to check an electrical service panel, you shouldn’t rely on your own judgement.

A quality home inspection can save you a tremendous amount of money, so don’t skip it.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based […]

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    New To House Flipping? Spend An Hour With A Professional Interior Designer

New To House Flipping? Spend An Hour With A Professional Interior Designer

If you’re new to house flipping, paying for a consultation with an interior designer might be a good investment. Typically, an hourly fee for a consultation from an interior designer is less than $100. In that hour, a designer will throw out a bunch of suggestions for changes they might make to a home you intend to flip. They have lots of ideas. Though they won’t be able to design and implement the changes to your investment property in just one hour, the advice they provide during the consultation can help you get started on your own.

They may suggest some furniture ideas that could help you with home staging. It’s likely they will throw out color ideas for paint, carpet, curtains and counters. For less than $100, these ideas can really help you plan your remodel. Even small suggestions can go a long way, so don’t forget to jot down every suggestion during your consultation.

Expertise looked at 134 interior designers serving Atlanta, Georgia and created a list of the top 21. Check out their top picks for interior designers by visiting this link. It offers these experts’ websites and contact info as well as a small blurb about each design firm.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use […]

Is There A Difference Between Drywall And Sheetrock?

Sheetrock is simply the brand name of an incredibly popular drywall product. Drywall, a panel made of gypsum plaster sandwiched between thick paper, has many vendors. Though people will call all sorts of drywall, “Sheetrock,” only drywall from U.S. Gypsum Company is actually allowed to market drywall as under the name Sheetrock. So, even if the drywall is from Titan Commercial Products, Allied Manufacturing, or National Gypsum Company, people are likely going to call it, “Sheetrock.”  Sheetrock was one of the first drywall products and is so popular that its name seems virtually interchangeable with drywall. Think about how often you call an off-brand of tissue, “Kleenex.” It’s the same idea. Not all nuggets are McNuggets, but that doesn’t mean children won’t refer to them as such.

Drywall by other names is also wallboard, plasterboard, gypsum board, or gypsum panel. It’s made from calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum) with or without additives. Usually it’s pressed in between thick sheets of paper (a facer and a backer.)
Tip: You can sometimes find drywall half priced in decent shape at Habitat for Humanity or other resale stores.
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use the loan for renovation or construction, the loan amount can be based on the collateral’s improved value.

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    If You Don’t Have 100% Of The Funds, Don’t Start A Real Estate Project

If You Don’t Have 100% Of The Funds, Don’t Start A Real Estate Project

If you don’t have all the funds you will need for your real estate project, be that flipping a house or renovating a potential rental property, don’t take that risk. That’s a gamble that could end up with you in a really bad situation. If you want to start a real estate project, be sure to start with more debt or more funds than you think you will need. That’s right, always starts with a loan for more than what you think you will need to complete the project.

See, it’s easier to get initial funding than subsequent funding. If something comes up and you don’t have the funds to cover it, your entire project could stall, and then fall apart. You don’t want to spend countless hours and resources only to lose all of your work in the eleventh hour. It’s not unheard of for someone to get 90% finished on a real estate project and then lose everything. Why? Because they tapped out of funds. Don’t learn the hard way. Take our word for it. Never start a real estate rehab project unless you have all of the money that you will need to finish the job.

 
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, North and South Carolina metropolitan areas.

Call us at 404-814-1644 or contact us online to find out whether you might qualify for this type of funding. In the meantime, check to ensure that you meet our loan criteria. Our loan amounts can be up to 65 percent of the after-repaired value of the collateral—and if you use […]

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    Clever Way To Find A Good Tradesman For Jobs You Don’t Want To Handle

Clever Way To Find A Good Tradesman For Jobs You Don’t Want To Handle

Tired of skewed social media reviews leading you to unskilled skilled tradesman? Let’s face it, people have friends and family more than willing to give skilled tradesmen and other contractors stellar reviews. Here’s one way to get the real scoop on skilled tradesmen like plumbers, HVAC technicians, and electricians.

Go to where they buy their materials.
Good Skilled Tradesmen Rarely Only Shop The Big Box Stores
It’s true. Though skilled tradesmen often have to stop by big box stores like Lowes and Home Depot, they generally buy their materials from local suppliers. They go to these suppliers because they usually get better prices, better materials, and better service. These local suppliers often know the skilled tradesman by name. They sometimes even know their history. Often, they know how busy they are. Plus, they usually know what type of supplies they purchase. A skilled tradesman who uses sub-par materials isn’t for you, if you’re looking for a good person for the job.

So, head on up to your local supply store. Introduce yourself and explain the job you need help with. Then, ask them who they recommend. Now, sometimes they have policies against recommending contractors. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t. Still, if they won’t give out names, ask them in a different way. Tell them that you want referrals about their products and ask them the names of their bigger clients instead. They will know that you’re simply rephrasing the same question so that they don’t have to break policy and likely give you your answer!
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Loan to Flip a House?
Paces Funding is a Hard Money lender offering hard money loans to purchase and renovate non-owner occupied residential and commercial properties throughout the […]

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    How A Can Of Paint For The Front Door Can Increase Sale Price By $1,500

How A Can Of Paint For The Front Door Can Increase Sale Price By $1,500

If you earn money flipping houses, every upgrade needs to increase the sale value of your investment. You know you need to paint the front door, because it’s weathered looking. But do you know what color to paint it to get the most money from the sale of the house? We do.

Zillow analyzed thousands of photos from residential property sales. It looked at specific colors and specific locations on the houses that increased or decreased the average sale price, and by how much. Color makes a huge impact on buyers. Even though it would be easy for the buyer to paint a front door themselves, for example, they don’t necessarily have that ability to envision it. They might not even know what they don’t like about the new house you just renovated. Maybe it just doesn’t stand out.

It turns out that if you paint the front door of the house you’re flipping a shade of navy blue, dark grey or charcoal, you could drastically increase the sale price for such a minor cost investment. Doors painted these colors on average see a boost of $1,514 added to the sale price of the house.
What About Metal Front Doors?
If you need to turn a drab white metal door a lovely shade of charcoal, here are some tips:

Use an angled brush and paint the recessed panel areas and then let them dry completely (at least 45 minutes).
Use the grey primer formula to lessen the number of coats of charcoal paint you’ll need to apply.
Paint from the top down.
Oil-based paints may take longer to dry, but are great for use on metals that rust. Typically, water-based paints are best for exterior use though. If you […]

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