This article is a continuation of our series on increasing your hard money rehab ROI. In the previous installment, we’ve discussed ways to strategically allocate your hard money rehab dollars to the areas that have the most impact on your sales price. Today, we will be tackling additional strategies. As a hard money lender, I’ve seen many of our experienced borrowers make their rehabs look more expensive than they actually are by getting the right materials and playing with modern design trends. Here are three best tricks of the trade to give you the bang for your rehab buck.
The key to a successful rehab is to control your costs. That doesn’t mean, however, that you should use the cheapest materials. The trick is to think wisely and choose when to spend your rehab money and when to go with a budget option. As a hard money lender, I can testify that in our business it’s all about ROI. The goal is to create the most upscale look-and-feel for your property while keeping your costs down. Our most successful clients do so by concentrating their rehab money in strategic areas, using the right materials to get the most bang for the buck and by simply displaying good taste. Let’s unpack each of these recommendations.
What separates newbies from weathered rehabbers? What are the key differences between investors who can consistently turn solid profits by flipping homes and someone who is chasing a dream, even if it’s a pipe dream? As a hard money lender, I have some telltale signs of a real estate investor who is still has some maturing to do.
Recently we had a client that approached us about doing a fix and flip loan for a property he was considering. We do these a lot so I was glad to help him and began asking him a few questions. When we got to the subject of how much financing he needed he said he wasn’t sure. He said he could guess the amount, but he wasn’t sure what to consider when estimating the rehab costs. Trust me, when it comes to a fix and flip loan, you don’t want to borrow too little or too much. Either way can get you into trouble. I can’t tell you everything that you will need to consider when you begin estimating the cost of a rehab, but I can give you some general places to look.
Rehabbing properties in the Greater Washington DC area can be very rewarding both financially and emotionally. However, you have to take an active part in the process. This means picking the right contractor and making sure they get the job done right and on time. As hard money lenders we’ve seen great investment opportunities turn into a financial disaster because of borrower’s inexperience in managing contractors. In this blog, we share five great tips on how find a right contractor and manage your rehab to maximize your profits.