To be in real estate investing business, you need to have at least two major skills. First, you need to be a hustler. That means to be able to identify promising fix-and-flip opportunities and put them under contract at the right price. The second, and equally important skill, is being a project manager and having the tenacity to ensure that renovations are completed on time and within the budget. The key to this part is to know how to manage contractors so they meet your expectations. Managing contractors in a way that maximizes your profits and builds long-term relationships with good crews is our focus today.
When planning construction costs for your house flip, you need to decide in advance whether you need a construction permit or not. Pulling permits requires opening your property up to an inspector who might ask you to bring many areas of your home “up to code.” This adds extra expenses to your renovation. On the other hand, not getting a permit might result in retroactive changes to the areas you’ve already completed. As the result, not only your costs increase, you might also experience major delays. One of the worst mistakes a rehabber can make is to plunge in the house flip process without carefully considering whether to get a construction permit or not.