Hey everyone just looking for some outside opinions; I am a month in to my first flip and I'm doing the remodel myself and up until a few days ago i was working 40 hrs a week so I have not got as far as one would hope for, although I have got a significant amount accomplished. everything is completely demo'd and its time to start putting it all back together. There are definitely some times where I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what to do first and basically all the newbie stuff I guess. Anyways I am changing out the Windows and want to do it while I still have the dumpster(3+wks). I was thinking Lowe's or home depot for best price, if any one knows of a better source it would be greatly appreciated. A, when i spoke with some worker at Lowe's he took my info down and said he would give it to a higher up and they'll call me in the morning. in the midst of our brief conversation with this employee he asked if i had a license.. any advice from anyone when it regards permits, licenses, etc. would also be appreciated
Window replacement is incredibly profitable for these people, and you should expect the marketing to come fast and furious. These people are practiced BS artists and they have their patter down cold. Their goal is to convince you that a basic vinyl replacement window that retails for $150 and that they buy for under $100 requires a masterful specialist's $350-$700 installation job to put in properly and safely. This is the heart of the lie, and it makes the industry millions on millions of dollars every year. Really, it's handyman's work to put in a replacement vinyl window in most enclosures.
But I did a bit of digging. You have to have a contractor's license to replace windows in Florida. It's baloney, but there's the result of lobbying for you. Take a look at FAQ No. 3.
Look for a custom window operation. Off the shelf sizes, Lowes, HD are hard to beat. Anything special order, not so much. There are lots places, like Window Depot that cater to investors.
All areas have different laws, but if you are a flipper, having a GC license is a good idea. You can always do work on a house YOU live in, but if you are flipping, it could be a different ballgame, so be careful. A great example in my area: I can pull my own electric permit and do the work on a house I sign an affidavit I own and plan to live in for the next year or two. If I knowingly plan to sell it, I need a licence electrician to pull said permit and do the work.
Any electrical, plumbing, and framing will probably need a permit. Without permits, sometimes significant improvements may not count when it comes to sales time. When a listing goes up, being able to say "renovated" is a huge plus. No permits, you have some explaining to do or you have to say something like "freshly updated". Amature work will also stick out like a sore thumb to someone who knows what to look for. If you don't know for sure, sometimes hiring a pro will actually save you dollars.
As an agent and investor, I look for those little clues and use them as leverage. Example: "This deck/covered porch looks great, was it permitted?" Seller "Umm...Not sure, it was built before I purchased the property last year" "Interesting, cause the stamps on the lumber show it was manufactured June 2017"
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