When you’re flipping a house it’s hard to prepare for the unknown, but what you can prepare for are the rules and regulations of your community’s homeowners association (HOA). Your HOA’s ordinances are intended to help the community maintain a neat and consistent appearance. But let’s face it: they can present issues that impact your home design and the overall finished product. Educating yourself about the HOA rules in your community before you start working on your flip can help you avoid delays and frustration once work is in progress. If there are aspects of your flip that aren’t in
Outside home renovations get expensive quickly, with even little fixes racking up a costly bill. Here are five easy tricks to ramp up curb appeal, all for under $50 each: Spruce up your mailbox Paint your front door Brighten up your sidewalk with path lighting Give your shutters and trim a fresh coat of paint Spring for new house numbers De-grime your driveway Here’s a closer look at each. #1. Spruce Up Your Mailbox One of the first things a potential buyer sees is your mailbox. Spruce it up with some new decal numbers on the side that are
These blooming beauties promise fall color for your flips. Mexican Bush Sage White stems and gray-green leaves support the pinkish-purple flowering spikes of Mexican bush sage. Part of the sage family, it’s a perennial when grown in warm regions of the U.S. and an annual in colder climates where it’s not hardy. This plant will give you the kind of drama that’ll entice buyers—almost as much as the hummingbirds that love it. Perennial Sunflower Perennial sunflower, not to be confused with the huge blooms of the annual sunflower, will give you sun even on a dreary fall day. Lemon queen,
Motor oil stains on your driveway. They’re inevitable. If a car is leaking oil and needs repair, or if there’s a spill while the oil is being changed, a driveway will eventually accumulate these all-too-familiar splotches. If left unaddressed these unsightly blemishes can kill your curb appeal when you put your flip on the market. Some flipping pros estimate that you’d have to spend up to $10,000 to jackhammer and replace your heavily-stained driveway, or shell-out a pretty penny to have it resurfaced. Luckily you don’t have to take either of those budget-busting routes to remedy this problem. Here’s a
If you have boring concrete steps leading to the front door of your flip a creative paint design can transform them from unremarkable to unforgettable. A little paint and patience is all it takes to make a statement that increases your curb appeal. Heed these do’s and don’ts to take your entry a step ahead of the rest. Do Clean Carefully Thoroughly scrub your steps clean using a nylon bristle brush and a degreaser. Concrete must be super clean and free of moisture in order for paint to adhere. Allow your steps to dry for at least 48 to 72
Draw buyers into your next flip with trees that can add lasting beauty to any landscape design. Consider these four options to anchor your lawn. Crepe Myrtle For warmer climates (zones 7 to 9) the crepe myrtle can be ideal. Not only does this tree add instant color to a front yard, but it blooms during the hottest days of summer and is super drought tolerant. Since the crepe myrtle can reach over 15 feet tall and wide you should plant it far away enough from the house to prevent issues as it matures. Blue Spruce If you're looking to
If you're listing a house for sale this fall - especially one you've been working on all summer - there are a few mistakes you should avoid in order to sell it quickly and at the right price. Check out this list of three no-gos for selling a house in fall. Selling a Flip This Fall? Don't Do This to the Porch When you're selling your flip in the fall, never: Overdecorate the porch Let leaves and other debris build up in the corners Neglect the windows and front door Let's take a closer look at each of these. #1.