First Flip Done!

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First flip done! Thanks everyone for your help throughout the process! It wasn't always easy, and I had to get my hands dirty on a couple things, but all and all, it was a success. We had multiple offers within the first 2 days of listing and had an accepted offer at full list on the 3rd day!

See the listing below for pictures :

Congratulations @David Robertson . That looks excellent and you obviously did a great job all the way around, including pricing strategy, for it to sell so quickly.

Best of luck with the next one!


Congratulations!!! your renovation choices were fantantic.

Nice! Extremely happy for you! How long did it take for you to find this first place? I'm trying to find my first one...

Really nice quality work though! Congrats!


Thanks everyone!


This Spring I was looking at houses for 3-4 months with no luck. I finally closed on this house in early July. 1 month later, I got another house which we are currently remodeling. I probably made 20+ offers before I got this house, but I don't think that is A-typical from what I have heard. Hang in there...

Nice work!

How did the numbers turn out?

Nice new garage doors, different color shuttles,
front door entrance definitely makes a difference

Did you find there still a market for stainless steel
versus all black appliances?

Very nice backsplash, kitchen flooring, and basement renovations

Cabinets - new, re-facing, simply painted ?

What was your purchase price and renovation budget ?


Nice work...congrats!


The house needed quite a bit of work from top to bottom. Overall we spent $39,000 and had around $38,000 budgeted, so a little overbudget, but not too bad. Here's a list of repairs and approximate costs:

New 100AMP service w/ all new copper wiring throughout: $3,000
New roof $4500
7 new windows: $2500
Drwall patching/texturing $3000
New doors/trim throughout: $1800
Hardwood flooring material (I installed): $600
Carpet: $2800
Tile: $800
Bathrooms: $2500-3,000 a piece
Granite countertops: $1500
Paint Material (I painted): $1000
Garage Doors: $1200
Appliances: $2000
And a whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff (it's on a spreadsheet somewhere)=$39,000

Purchase price was $54,000 and have a pending offer at $120,000 which was our goal from the start. We should make around $17,000 on the project.

I'm glad you like the new shutters, the old shutters that were on the house had BATS living behind them! So that was interesting...

The kitchen cabinets were just painted white.

how long did it take to rehab?

How did you pay for your rehab? Hard money, cash or conventional loan? Ive been having a hard time getting my first rehab because im using a conventional loan, while alot of people are making offers all cash in my area. At least that's all i can come up with..

Nice looking rehab, congrats!

@David Robertson Awesome job! Looks like you did everything right. A lot of guys will throw out perfectly good cabinets. Your coat of paint made them look new. Good luck on flip #2!

Congrats on getting it done and getting offers! I think the offers are the best part.

I work with props in same ARV. I'm curious about the kitchen/dining floor. Is it engineered hardwood? Looks great. Is the flooring in the master bath and upstairs hallway ceramic tile? I didn't know that tile flooring outside of kitchens and baths had made their way to the Midwest already. :)

I'm very partial to white kitchens, and they are hot right now. Congrats on getting a very good look using the old cabinets.

That's a lot of house for $120K. Some lucky family will be very happy to live there and call it home. Again, congrats.

Might I ask where you got the house? HUD home? MLS?

Looks like you have a finished basement there - but I did not see any egress windows. Is there a walk-out door? If not, is this acceptable to the local building code?

Thanks for all the compliments.

To answer a couple of questions:

Scott, The rehab took about 9 weeks start to finish. This being our first remodel, it took us a while to get some contractors on board. I also did some of the work myself...I thought the interior painting and punchlist would never end! All-in-all, I think we could have completed the project a couple of weeks faster if we had our ducks in a row.

K, The flooring in the kitchen was a 3/8" solid bamboo flooring. The tile is all porcelain tile and glass mosaic tile that was bought from the Home Depot.

Scott/Corey, The house was a cash offer for a bank foreclosure that we purchased off the MLS.

Steve, I am not aware of a requirement to have egress windows in a finished basement, unless it is a bedroom in the basement. Also, this basement was originally finished when the house was first built back in 78. I believe this may have been grandfathered-in, but I'm not sure...Nothing was brought up at the inspection.

Great job and congrats on your first flip!

Amazing job David! This is getting me excited to start working on my property. Hopefully it will be a success like yours.

Congrats, the rehab looks great.

@David Robertson ,
Very well thought out rehab.
It is always nice to see, and hear about a successful rehab.
Thank you.


Congrats on the rehab. Very nice choice of finishes. Whoever moves in there will really feel like they got great value for what they spent.

Awesome rehab! I really like the backsplash. That will surely be memorable for people seeing the house.

It looks great! You got good prices on the new roof for a house that size and the new wiring. How did you manage to do that?

The roof was around $225 a square. I saved around $600 on the roof by buying around 20 bundles of roofing from the local Habitat for Humanity Restore that the roof contractor was able to use and match...Actually, overall the roof came in more expensive than I thought it would...I had only budgeted around $175 a square...

The electrician who worked on the house works for a commercial electrical subcontractor and moonlighted for us for around $25 an hour. I originally budgeted around $5000 for electrical, so we saved a couple thousand there...

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