Repairs We Have to Make When Flipping a House

Are you curious about what house flippers have to do when they buy a house and get it ready to resell?

Some house flippers don’t do anything other than buy the house and turn right around and sell it to someone else for more money. They don’t add any value or make the house better in any way.

Here at Resideum, we do things differently. The houses we buy usually need work. Some need a little, some need a lot. We do the hard work to make a house into a beautiful “new” home so a new family can enjoy the house for years to come.

Sometimes we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes less, to get a house repaired and ready to sell.

In this video, Greg and Brent tour through a house we bought and look at the various repairs that are necessary to get it up to our standards. You might be surprised just how much work it takes to make a house ready to sell.

Stay tuned until the end. There is a link to another video that gives you the “payoff,” showing the house after it was repaired and transformed. Be sure to click that link and watch.

If you have a house that needs lots of work and you just don’t want to deal with the repairs, contact us. We buy houses in any condition in Metro Atlanta and surrounding counties. Click here to complete a quick form, and request a free, no-obligation cash offer on your house.

Repairs We Have to Make When Flipping a House

Video Transcript

Greg Kurzner

Hi, this is Greg.

Brent Bagley

And this is Brent.

Greg

And we’re with Residium. And we are out at our latest purchase. This is a property that was minorly damaged by the EF4 tornado in Newnan in March. Mostly, though, this house is just going to need some cosmetic work to get it really up to speed. So we’re going to walk you through both the outside and the inside and let you see what it looks like before and what we’re going to be doing to the property. Let’s go take a look, shall we?

Greg

So one of the first things that I notice is that when you come off of the driveway onto the walkway up to the front of the house, about four sections of it have sunk. And you can see this is a huge trip hazard. And that would be the first thing an inspector is going to have a problem with. So what we’re going to do with this is instead of replacing and repouring, they have a great thing called mudjacking where they come in and they pump hydraulic concrete up underneath this and raise this back up to level. So that’s job one that we’re going to deal with on the outside.

Greg

And then you’ll also see that the landscape needs a bit of work. It’s a little rough here and there and we’re going to get that cleaned up really towards the end of the project.

Brent

Yes. You’ll notice on the front of the house, I’ll go ahead and mention, we’re going to have to replace all the windows on the front because they are original to the house and old.

Greg

Right.

Brent

So we will be doing that.

Greg

Are we doing anything with the steps up to the front porch?

Brent

Oh, yeah. Rotton wood, all that’s going to have to be replaced. Hopefully we can keep the railing. But again, this is going to have to be redone.

Greg

And we’re painting?

Brent

Yes, new paint.

Greg

And guttering. You can see over there if you pivot the camera towards the peak over there that we’ve got a gutter that’s hanging. There are other parts of the house where the gutter is also not in great shape. So we’re going to get that fixed or replaced. The beauty here is we’ve got a brand new roof on the house.

Brent

Yes.

Greg

So that’s one thing we don’t have to do. And then one of the big issues that we’ve got to deal with out here is the tornado damage. And when we talked about it, it’s not blown the roof off or taken half the house down. It has done some damage and primarily to the vinyl siding. What we’re going to do is we’re going to just replace the sections of vinyl siding that are missing rather than to replace it all or go with a different surface like a Hardie Plank. Now, there was a concern that maybe when we put new vinyl up it isn’t going to match the old vinyl. So we are going to repaint the entire house once the new vinyl goes up and we have a great process and a great subcontractor that can do the painting of the vinyl, and it is indestructible. So let’s walk around to the other side of the house and see some damage out along the back.

Brent

All right. So now we’re in the backyard. Back here you’ll see, we’ve got some fence work to our left. We’ve got the chimney. That’s got to be redone. That was tornado…that was blown off. The deck needs a good bit of work.

Brent

And you’ll see some siding, of course, missing over there on that eave. Gutters like we talked about before. And, of course, some landscaping back here to get the house a little more fixed up.

Greg

Yeah. On the deck, we’re not sure if we’re going to have to do much other than just the deck boards. We think we’ll be able to keep the railing and obviously, the joists and the footers look like they’re pretty sound, at least on the majority of the deck. We’ll have to wait and see. Once we get those deck boards up, if there’s more work that needs to be done. There’s some work here on the railing over on that side where the dog resided. And then we’ve obviously got some more work to do on the other side of the house. On the fencing.

Brent

Yes.

Greg

So I think that pretty much covers the exterior work that we’re going to do. So we’re going to head in and show you what we’re planning on doing on the inside of the house.

Greg

Okay. On the inside, as we talked about, most of this is going to be cosmetic work. So we’re going to be doing carpet. We’re going to be doing paint. We’re replacing doors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures. We are going to be doing some repairs to some dog damage, chewed trim and stuff like that cosmetically. There’ll be a little bit of work on the fireplace on the inside where we had the leak, which you can obviously note was a problem from outside.

Greg

Now, this is a closet, and we are going to convert that into a powder room because there really isn’t a functional powder room on the main level. And this is a master on the main home. So we have the master bedroom, master bath. But other than that, the only other toilet is in the laundry room, which is really not functional for a powder room.

Brent

No.

So that’ll get converted to a powder room. And the kitchen is going to be more or less the same. We’re keeping the cabinets and countertops and appliances, with the exception of we’re taking out this breakfast bar. Right, Brent?

Brent

Yes.

Greg

And why are we doing that?

Brent

To open it up. And because we’re going to move the refrigerator. You’ll see that it’s over here currently, kind of like in the middle of the kitchen on the wall. And we’re going to be moving it over to beside the cabinets the way it should be.

Greg

Yeah. So that makes good sense. And then I mentioned we’re doing all new flooring.

Brent

Yes.

Greg

And as I understand, we’re coming in with luxury vinyl plank flooring, as opposed to the mix between this prefinished hardwood and carpeting. As you can probably tell, the carpeting is stained, but it’s also full of dog odor. And so we’re going to maybe have to treat the sub floor to remove the dog odor. And there’s more evidence of the dog damage in this, which I guess, vestibule, laundry area that you can kind of see chewed up vinyl, chewed up door trim, et cetera. The laundry room, again, is in pretty decent shape. We may even leave the toilet here and just add another powder room. But as you can see, we’ve got cabinets, countertops or the sink. We’ve got some damage to doors, which we’re replacing. And then in the garage. What are we doing in here?

Brent

The garage is basically going to be painting the floors, walls, ceiling. Not much to do out here. Replacing the garage doors.

Greg

Yeah, garage doors. So you’ve got a hole there where the old tank water heater was. And now we’ve got a tankless water heater system. So this is just going to get cleaned up and painted and good to go. All right. Let’s take a look at the master.

Greg

Okay, Brent, we’re in the master right now. And as you can see, it’s also going to need carpet, paint, light fixtures. We’re doing away with a sort of folding door. I’m going to put it like a real door on it, and we’re going to clean up this master bathroom. The tile works pretty nice in here, but are we changing the vanity out to like a box vanity? A cabinet vanity?

Brent

As of right now, we haven’t really decided on what’s going there.

Greg

Okay.

Brent

It may stay exactly the way it is.

Greg

And we may not. The other big problem I think you can show them is this, which is…

Brent

It’s the master closet.

Greg

Go ahead. I’m sorry to interrupt.

Brent

No. So the master closet, as you can tell, this doorway is a little tight. I mean, I can’t even really fit in the doorway. So we’re going to try and open this doorway and push it this way, take out these about six inches right here to make, widen this doorway for the master closet.

Greg

Wonder if we could do maybe a barn door or something like that, too. That might work.

Brent

We possibly could.

Greg

That way if we were to take the frame completely out and just have the barn door, it would open up, give us more access to about that width with the barn door. So that’s a possibility. We could try the barn door.

Brent

Yes.

All right. Other than that, we’ll probably take off the privacy chain. It’s a little weird.

Brent

And then we’ll take you and show you upstairs.

Greg

Yes. Lead the way.

Brent

So this is the first bedroom upstairs. We’ll come into again cosmetics, carpet, paint, doors, light fixtures. Not much going on up here. And come on and take a look and we’ll take you over to the bathroom and the last bedroom. This bathroom is probably going to keep the cabinets change out the countertops, of course, new toilet, new floors, probably new shower door. Everything in there. Make that look nicer. And then again this is the second bedroom, last bedroom of the house that will show you this is again carpet, paint.

Greg

Yeah, just a little bit of drywall and repair, but it’s primarily just carpet, paint. Maybe we change the light fixtures out. Not too much to do. Doors. So it won’t take long upstairs.

Brent

No.

Greg

So that’s it. That’s what we’ve got planned.

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