Remodeling Tips

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 […]

Building Permit Process In Nashville

 

All properties within Metropolitan Nashville are zoned for particular uses depending on their zone district classifications. If you’re considering an investment property in Nashville, take a look at the city’s Zoning Land Use Table. It will let you know what uses are permitted in various zones around the city. The property will be considered “zoned and ready” as long as its zoning matches your planned use for it.

Once you’ve got the property in your hands, you’ll probably want to do some renovations. The building permit process in Nashville is pretty straight forward. The building permits are handled by the Nashville Department of Codes and Building Safety. The city offers an e-Permit system to save you time on applying in person. All of the plans and specifications for your building project can be submitted through the e-Plans Review application. The online services save everyone time and make the process much easier.

For better understanding, the City of Nashville uploaded a handy flow chart detailing the building permit process.
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. 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 […]

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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 […]

Should You Invest In Good Carpet Padding To Flip A House?

You’ve got your eye on a potential investment property. You’re creating your budget. You want to cut some corners. Should you get cheap carpet padding?

Most investors find that a good carpet padding increases buyer interest even more than a good carpet would. Good padding can absolutely help you flip a house. Buyers assume that if you’re willing to invest in a quality padding, the home must have quality products everywhere. You can even go with a cheaper carpet if you choose a better padding. It wouldn’t even be deceptive. Quality padding can help even low grade padding last longer. The good padding can help carpet absorb the impact from traffic from below.

Plus, the feeling of nice carpet padding beneath a buyer’s feet goes a long way. It absolutely goes further than the same cost investment on a higher quality carpet. Keep in mind that residential carpet should have a minimum six-pound density rating, but many prefer an eight-pound padding. You can install up to half-inch carpet padding beneath cut pile carpet. Still, for berber carpet, you should keep it under 3/8 inch thickness.
Tip: If installing carpet padding yourself, don’t forget to cover all seams with seam tape!
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 […]

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    Tips For Exposing An Internal Brick Beneath Plaster And Laths

Tips For Exposing An Internal Brick Beneath Plaster And Laths

Some house flippers remove plaster and lath walls to expose the gorgeous, vintage brick beneath. Here’s the truth though: It’s often easier to remove plaster and lath walls than it is to repair them. So, if lovely brick is hidden by old, damaged plaster and lath walls, the choice is obvious. Exposing the brick will save money on materials and plenty of time. Framing old walls that have settled and shifted is a pain. Taping, mudding and painting just adds extensive man hours to a house flipping project.

Costs involved in removing plaster and lath walls pretty much only include permits, demo tools, garbage bags, a dumpster, and respiratory masks. If you’re flipping a house, those things will be needed anyway. Extra costs include brick cleaning materials and tools, of course. You’ll also need to invest in some brick sealant.
Tip #1
Don’t just smash through the walls. Not only will the plaster crumble in pieces, but the laths will break into all sizes. It will be much harder to keep your dumpster organized and stay safe.
Tip #2
Remove the plaster/sheetrock first. Leave the wooden laths. When you do it this way, it’s easier to clean and the laths often come off in whole pieces.
Tip #3
Once you’ve removed everything and cleaned up your demo debris, you can begin cleaning the brick. That’s much easier than many people expect. To remove cobwebs and dirt, use a stiff bristle brush.

If you notice stains, make sure to clean them with a mild stain remover or detergent made for masonry.  If you don’t remove the stains, they will be even more obvious once you seal the brick. Then, let the brick and mortar dry completely.
Tip #4
After cleaning and drying, you will want […]

The Four Stages of Renovation

When it comes to renovating a property, every real estate investor has his or her own system. However, any house flipping veteran will tell you that some areas of the home require immediate attention while other projects can wait. Here’s a quick 4-stage breakdown that will keep your operations running smoothly at all times so that you can pass inspections.

Stage 1 – this phase is laying the groundwork for future construction.

Have all of your blueprints, permits, and land surveys ready.
Be sure to order a portable dumpster and portable toilet for the construction workers.
Repair the house’s foundation.
Check for mold and pests.
Inspect all of the trees, and remove any showing signs of advanced rot.
Address the septic system problems, if any

Stage 2 – at this stage, you need to get ready for your first wave of inspections.

Fix the windows and window panes.
Make any changes to the roofing, specifically to the gutters, shingles and the soffits.
Replace the siding of the house if needed.
Early stages of electrical work and plumbing.
Prepare the heating, venting, and air conditioning (HVAC).

Sage 3 – this is where you start to turn the house into a home.

Install any exterior additions such as decks, porches, or a garage.
Put in the insulation (and prepare to have it thoroughly inspected).
Install the wall trimming.
Set up a fireplace at this stage, if so desired.

Stage 4 – this is the home stretch. You are almost there!

Finishing touches such as the interior and exterior paint.
Don’t forget to implement your landscaping plans from stage 1.
Cabinets, flooring and countertops go in last so as to avoid unnecessary damage.
The appliances need to be hooked up.
Finish the […]

2017 Bathroom Trends REIs Need to Know About

If you’re a real estate investor, you need to know all about the 2017 bathroom trends—especially if you expect buyers to fall in love with what you’re putting on the market for resale.
2017 Bathroom Trends for REIs and House-Flippers
This year, much like last year, a bathroom can be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker.

However, the 2017 bathroom trends have taken a turn toward nature. Blending organic with new, shiny, and functional is the way to go this year if you’re a real estate investor.

The bathrooms that capture the most favorable attention will have:

Clean colors
Neat lines
Practical arrangement of space (no more toilets sandwiched between cabinets and showers, if you can help it)
Simplicity
Continuity

Being Bold in Bathroom Design
There’s nothing wrong with making the bathroom more like a luxury spa. If you can find the right fixtures at the right prices (check out our list of the best kitchen and bath showrooms in Atlanta), go for it!
Keeping Things Simple in Bathroom Design
Designers are gushing over faucets made from clay, but you don’t have to spend a small fortune. Look for sinks and faucets with clean, simple, and elegant lines; don’t get anything too ornate if you want to appeal to the widest range of buyers.
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If you need funds for an investment property, we may be able to help you. Call us at 404-814-1644 or send us a note. You can also apply for a hard money loan online.

In the meantime, read our FAQ, learn about the hard money loan process and see if you meet our criteria! We’ll be happy to help you if you qualify.

 

Best Kitchen and Bath Showrooms in Atlanta

If you’re a real estate investor, you know how important it is to find the best kitchen showrooms in Atlanta so you can get the best deals on your fixer-uppers.

We’ve pulled together a list of the latest-and-greatest kitchen showrooms in Atlanta so you don’t have to hunt all over the city (or weed through mediocre showrooms) to find what you need.
Best Kitchen Showrooms in Atlanta
Some of the best kitchen showrooms in Atlanta are a little off the beaten path, but that’s what makes them real gems.

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Ferguson Showroom

PDI Kitchen, Bath, and Lighting

Porcelanosa Atlanta

Pedini Atlanta

Pirch

Alno

European Kitchen and BathWorks

Spartan Kitchen and Bath Showroom

Atlanta Classic Kitchens

Cantoni
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If you’re looking for a hard money lender in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

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.

Read our frequently asked questions and take a few minutes to learn about the hard money loan process.

 

 

Popcorn Ceilings? Get Rid of Them!

Popcorn ceilings are — thankfully — a fad of the past.

Unfortunately, they’re still in many older homes, and homebuyers don’t want anything to do with them. If you’re thinking of flipping a house and it has popcorn ceilings, you’ll be happy to know there are quite a few simple tricks to remove them and start fresh.

Depending on the home’s age, you’ll want to do a lead and asbestos check before you make your decision to remove it. If the house was built before 1980, the possibility that asbestos will show up in testing is high, so you’ll have to call in the experts.
DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal
If calling a professional is out of your budget, you can always go the do-it-yourself route. Going in knowing that it’s going to be difficult and extremely messy is the first step.

Now it’s time to get down to business.

Cover the floors and rooms with plastic sheeting, so the you can clean the mess easily.

One of the most cost effective ways to remove the popcorn is by scraping it. They sell ceiling scrapers just for this purpose, but you can get by with any run-of-the-mill scraper. After you’ve removed the entire bumpy surface, you can give it a fresh coat of paint.

Here’s a great video tutorial: Removing Popcorn Ceilings.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
If you’re looking for a hard money loan in Atlanta, we may be able to help you.

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 […]

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