/Remodeling Tips
12 04, 2019

How To Determine How Much Paint You Will Need To Paint A Room

By |2019-04-12T23:46:18-04:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Business, Calculator, Construction Loans, Flipping, Hard Money, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Remodeling Tips, Tenants|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

As a landlord, do you ever just guess how much paint you will need to paint a room in your rental unit? Do you ever end up with not enough paint or way too much? A good rule of thumb is to know that a gallon of paint covers a surface area of around 300 to 400 square feet. Determining The Surface Area Of The Walls Of A Room You'll need a tape measure to determine the surface area of a room. The area of one wall can be determined by measuring the height from the floor to the ceiling

20 03, 2019

Are The Downspouts On Your Gutters Long Enough?

By |2019-03-20T19:30:02-04:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Hard Money, Investment Properties, Investments, Leasing Your Property, Remodeling Tips, Tenants|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that the roof of an average sized home will divert around 600 gallons of water for every inch of rain that falls? So, some storms could mean your roof will handle well over a thousand gallons of rain. That's a lot of water flowing through your gutters! We just talked about making sure the gutters of your rental properties are in good working order in a previous blog post. Now, we need to discuss downspouts. Sometimes you will see tiny curved downspouts  that only displace the water by a foot or two from the house. In the

5 03, 2019

How To Sell A Home To A Millennial

By |2019-03-05T11:57:39-04:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Curb Appeal, Flipping, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment Properties, Leases, Leasing Your Property, Remodeling Tips, Selling|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Since millennials are now the biggest group of homebuyers, house flippers need to make some adjustments. Do you know how to sell a home you've just bought with the intent to flip fast to a millennial? So, first off you will need to find the right size and location. We discuss this in an separate blog post about millennial home buyers. Now, here are some smart ways to target this huge market. Make It Instagrammable Make it instagrammable? What does that mean? If you're in an older generation, this might not make a lot of sense. Yet, millennials fully enjoy

25 02, 2019

Why Vinyl Plank Flooring Is Perfect For Your Rental Home

By |2019-02-25T22:58:18-04:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Investments, Leases, Leasing Your Property, New Construction, Remodeling Tips, Tenants|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Vinyl plank flooring, also called “luxury vinyl plank” or "LVP," is a great flooring option for your rental home. It's affordable, durable, and easy to install. Though there is new technology in carpeting that has made things easier for landlords, vinyl plank flooring is possibly an even better solution for whole home flooring. Luxury vinyl plank can give you the durability you need without having to replace flooring with each tenant turnover, if you choose a good product. Vinyl plank flooring can give you the look and texture of real hardwood floors. Plus, it is easily cleaned so that you

24 02, 2019

Check Downspouts & Gutter When You Buy A New Rental House

By |2019-02-24T16:03:10-04:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Construction Loans, Foreclosures, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investment Properties, Leases, Leasing Your Property, Rehab Loans, Remodeling Tips, Short Sales, Tenants|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

When you buy a new house that you intend to rent out, be certain to check the downspouts. These get overlooked too frequently and can cost landlords substantially. Attention to these should be part of your typical maintenance. See, for every inch of rain we get, our rooves divert around 600 gallons of water into our downspouts. You must make sure that this water diversion is working the way it should. Know this ahead of time, because renters often don't bother to report on these like this, especially if it doesn't affect them. Check Gutters For Clogs Clogged gutters throw

15 02, 2019

Do You Know The Signs Of A Bad Foundation

By |2019-02-14T23:15:36-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Construction Loans, Due Diligence, Flipping, Hard Money, Home Improvements, Investment Properties, Investments, Real Estate, Rehab Loans, Remodeling Tips, Short Sales, Tax Foreclosures|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

As a real estate investor, you can save yourself money and time if you know how to spot signs of foundation damage when you first look at a potential investment property. Some minor problems can be fixed, of course. If you only spot minor problems, it's possible that hiring a professional evaluator to check the property may be worth it. Not all foundation issues mean you should walk away from an investment property. But you can save yourself the cost of an evaluation if you can spot the major foundation issues yourself. Keep in mind, you're not just looking at

22 01, 2019

Finding Contractors For Work On Your Rental Properties

By |2019-01-22T21:01:38-04:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Commercial, Developers, Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, Home Improvements, Investing, Investment, Investment Properties, Investments, Remodeling Tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Finding good contractors to work on your rental properties might seem like a chore. Hiring undependable contractors can cost you some serious cash. Do you know where to find the best contractors? We happen to have some tips! Perhaps some jobs at your rental property are too complex, too tedious, or just too unappealing to do the work yourself. If you’re investing in real estate but you’re not going to be doing all of the work yourself for whatever reason, you'll need reliable, skilled contractors. Word-of-mouth really is best. That doesn't mean you should rely completely on online testimonials from

14 08, 2018

Recognizing Big Problems With Distressed Properties

By |2018-08-14T16:47:05-04:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Due Diligence, Flipping, Foreclosures, Investment Properties, Investments, Remodeling Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

Sometimes distressed properties sold "As-is" come with some major problems. Do you know how to recognize them? If you intend to invest in a distressed property, these are important issues that you need to know about. Head into the bathroom. Bounce a little on the floor near the sink, tub and toilet. Is there any give? That can be a major indicator of water damage! Grab a high powered flashlights and check underneath the floor if possible. Look for stained wood or joists. Find out when and why that damage occurred and get your answers in writing if you can!

16 04, 2018

Dual Functioning AFCI And GFCI Outlets Keep You Up To Code

By |2018-04-16T15:00:28-04:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Construction Loans, Home Upgrades, Leasing Your Property, New Construction, Remodeling Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

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

6 04, 2018

2018 North Carolina Building Code

By |2018-04-06T21:17:13-04:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Construction Loans, Hard Money, Home Improvements, Home Upgrades, Investment Properties, New Construction, New Home Development, Remodeling Tips|Tags: |0 Comments

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