Remodeling Tips

  • Interior designers usually consult with clients for less than $100.
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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.
Do You Need a Hard Money Loan in Atlanta?
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
Are You Looking for a Hard Money Lender in Atlanta?
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 […]

Amazing Master Bath Upgrades REIs Can’t Afford to Ignore

When it comes time to renovate your investment property, you may be wondering where to start. No matter how much remodeling your flip requires, one of the main areas homebuyers will focus on is the master bathroom.

If you’re flipping a home, you’re probably looking for ways to save the most money. Make sure your budget allows for upgrades in the master bathroom—this is not an area you want to skimp on. Your best bet would be to save money in other areas of the home, and make the master bath one of the key focal points.
Amazing Master Bath Upgrades REIs Can’t Afford to Ignore
The master bath can make or break the sale of your home. Here are a few things homebuyers are looking for.
Dual Vanity
If space allows, install a double vanity. Buyers will visualize their hectic morning routines and cluttered countertops if only offered one sink.
Soaking Tubs
In an age where vacations are few and far between, offering an oasis type feel will certainly attract offers on your home. Homebuyers are looking to soak away their daily stresses, so you’ll need more than just a stand-up shower.
Upgraded Fixtures
Replacing your faucets and hardware with high quality plumbing and fixtures will increase the value of your home. If you cut costs in this area, you’ll leave the impression that the rest of the house is poorly crafted.
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 […]

Great Fixtures to Flip a House Faster

As a real estate investor, you understand the importance of selling a home quickly. After investing in a distressed home and renovating it, you won’t see a return until the sale is closed. Choosing your features, finishes and fixtures wisely will help you flip a house faster so you can move on to the next project.
Add Style to Switchplates and Outlet Covers
It may seem a minor detail, but that’s what makes light switches and outlet covers such a great investment in selling your flip faster. Make sure these features match—preferably throughout the house but at least in each room. Consider using modern, attractive features to really impress potential buyers:

Timer switches for bathroom fans
USB charging ports in wall outlets

Clean, matching, modern electrical switches and outlet covers can give the entire home a modern look and feel that’s sure to get noticed.
Fixtures That Brighten a Home: Lighting Fixture Upgrades
Don’t be tempted to save a few dollars and buy the cheapest light fixtures available. Attractive, energy-efficient fixtures for your rooms and outdoor lighting are affordable and impressive. LED lighting will cost you a bit more than traditional fluorescent or incandescent bulbs, but buyers will be impressed. Potential buyers will get the impression of a modern, energy-efficient home; an impression that goes much further than the fixtures themselves.
Buyers Gush Over Faucets and Shower Heads
As with the lighting, it’s often a good investment to go a step up from “builder grade” when it comes to kitchen and bathroom faucets. The impression a quality faucet makes can extend to the entire room. Matching sink, tub and shower fixtures in each bathroom is essential. Don’t forget the drain stoppers!

In the kitchen, you can really impress buyers with a great sink […]

Cheap Finishes Can KILL Your Sale

We’ve talked before about having a great plan before you jump into any real estate transaction—and part of that plan is knowing the true costs of rehabbing a house.

Unfortunately, some real estate investors misjudge their investments and end up skimping on the finishing touches on a house… but in most cases, it’s those finishing touches that “seal the deal” with buyers.
Cheap Finishes Can Kill Your Sale
The bottom line is that skimping on finishes is a mistake. When you misjudge your budget or you decide to cut corners by choosing cheap finishes, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

Fixtures and finishes are a big deal to buyers, and they can make the entire house look more modern, livable and attractive—and they want quality. If you decide to wrap up your flip by installing cheap finishes, your house is going to be that much tougher to sell (and that’s an REI’s nightmare).
What Sells When it Comes to Finishes?
It’s always a good idea to gather inspiration for finishes before you jump in and make an investment (and this is definitely one area where a little investment can go a long way). Check out Houzz and HGTV to see what’s trending—usually, you can duplicate what you see for less. That way, you’re making buyers happy and saving on your budget at the same time.

Finishes aren’t the only things that sell a home, though.

“Use lighting to highlight special features—pendant lights to show off that kitchen island or sconces to illuminate a foyer. Under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen is affordable and makes countertops sparkle, says Bill Millholland executive vice president of Case Design & Remodeling in an interview with Melissa Dittmann Tracey for RealtorMag. “Fluorescent light strips tend to be more […]

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