Roof Repair for Flipping Homes

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We provided some DIY repair projects you can complete to flip a home and save some money in your remodel budget. However, some projects are too large for DIY and require hiring a professional service to complete them.

One major repair project that comes up often in attempting to flip a home is the roof. You will need to decide whether it is worth the investment to repair the roof in order to increase the odds of selling the home.

If you feel the roof repair will significantly increase the resale value than you should do it but in most cases a roof is not a profitable investment. That being said, if the home won’t pass an inspection without a new roof, you will have no choice.

Insured & Certified Roof Installer

Don’t cut corners when it comes time to hire the service for roof installation or repair. Do your research and be sure to hire a professional with an excellent reputation and quality reviews from past customers.

Be sure the professional roofer is insured. Your remodel budget will be destroyed if you foot the bill for injuries that occur to the roofer or anyone in his crew during the repair or installation.

You also need to be sure the roofer is certified in his state. The reason this is important is that most home insurance companies will not cover a roof if it is repaired or installed by a professional that doesn’t have certification.

This is another reason it is important to do the repair on the books and not under the table. You might be able to cut costs by paying the professional in cash but you will then not receive the proper certification and documentation for the service on the roof.

A roof repair or installation can require 1-2 weeks to complete depending on the time of year and how busy the contractor or professional is. Be sure to schedule the service the moment you feel it will be a necessity to flip the home.

You should be able to recoup the cost of the roof repair or close to it even if you are unable to profit from installing a new roof on the home.

DIY Repairs for Flipping Homes

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In order to flip a home, you will need to complete various repairs and upgrades to appeal to potential buyers.

The first thing you must do is determine how much you want to sell the home for and your estimated profit after the cost of the home and real estate fees. That figure will tell you how much money you have to spend on remodeling and repairs.

You can reduce the cost of a remodel and profit more from flipping a home if you complete some of the upgrades and repairs on your own. This will reduce the labor costs of hiring professional contractors and home service providers.

Don’t cut corners when it comes to roof repairs, appliance repair or electrical upgrades. Those types of repairs should be done by a licensed contractor. However, you can save money if you are able to complete a few DIY tasks on your own.

Here is a list of some of the easier projects that will add value to a home and don’t require hiring a professional:

(1) Painting

You can paint all of the interior rooms of a home on your own.

I recommend you paint rooms in neutral colors and ignore your own interior design preferences for more standard color options.

Blue tones are another popular color for bathrooms and kitchens if you want to variate from tans and white tones.

(2) Demolition

You can complete the demolition portion of a kitchen or bathroom remodel on your own. Tearing out old cabinets and countertops requires basic tools and a little elbow grease. Wear the proper safety gear to avoid injury and you should have no trouble demolishing a bathroom or kitchen without the need for a professional home contractor.

(3) Landscaping

Plant bushes in the front yard of the home and be sure to mow the lawn and tidy up all debris. You should rake the leaves in the fall and shovel snow in the winter. You could also plant a garden bed and plant full-grown flowers in it for color.

(4) Cleaning

You don’t need to hire a maid service or janitorial service. Wipe down all surfaces of the bathroom and kitchen with cleaning products and vacuum the carpet. Be sure to dust tables and surfaces in the living room and in bedrooms. The most important rooms are the bathroom and the kitchen. These rooms need to be 100% clean when potential buyers arrive at the home.

(5) Staging

Professional home stagers are well worth their fees but if your budget is getting tight you can forgo this cost and stage the home on your own. Incorporate bright lighting throughout the home and fresh flowers if possible. Leave a lot of open spaces throughout the room and be sure there are no personal items on display.

The amount of DIY projects you can complete before flipping a home depend on your comfort level with various tools and repairs but the ones listed above should be possible for anyone interested in cutting some of the costs involved in flipping a home.