4 Issues You Need to Plan for Before You Can Start Flipping Houses

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Flipping houses can be a great way to bring in an income. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as some television shows make it look. If you aren’t prepared for this, you may find yourself wanting to give up even before you really get started. Here are four issues you need to plan for before you can start flipping houses if you want your home flipping venture to be successful.

It May Be Difficult to Find Houses to Flip

Dependent on your area, you may not be able to consistently find houses to flip. Some houses will be overpriced or just not worth your time. You need to be prepared for fluctuations in your market and in your income. You shouldn’t expect to constantly have money coming in, because there can be some downtime between each of your house flips. However, even a single house can bring in a large profit.

It Requires a Lot More Time Than You Might Think

A lot of people go into house flipping because they think that it will be a quick and easy way to make money. However flipping houses takes time. After the purchase, you need to assess the house, plan renovations, do the remodeling and landscaping, and then resell the place. You will probably spend hours upon hours at each house, and you will probably work harder than you ever have in their entire life.

Your Budget Will Need to Be Bigger Than You Expect

It’s not uncommon to go over budget when you start flipping houses. Unexpected expenses, such as pest control, faulty plumbing, and electrical issues, tend to pop up no matter how well you checked out the house before purchasing.

Because of this, it’s a good idea to have a bit of wiggle room in your budget so that you can easily pay for unexpected expenses. Keep in mind that if you do go over budget slightly, you will probably be able to recoup this money once you sell the house. However, if you’re eating up your budget more quickly than expected, you may need to sacrifice some of the renovations you wanted to make.

You Can Get Investment Property Loans

To help you avoid too many out of pocket costs, you can get approved for an investment property loan. These types of loans are very beneficial for those that are flipping houses. They’ll assess your plans and the property’s potential and then grant you a loan based on those factors. It may take a bit more time to get investment property loans than what you originally planned for, but it will be well worth it in order to get the money you need to make your flip profitable.

When you’re flipping houses, there can be a lot of issues that occur that you simply don’t think to plan for. The issues mentioned above are common occurrences, and they need to be planned for before you start trying to make money by flipping houses.


Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.


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