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.
From many applications for funding that come to us every day, a big portion is for rehab loans in Washington DC. No wonder, the DC rehab market continues to offer profit margins that are rarely available in the surrounding areas. Rehabbers in the DC area have been consistently making money buying dilapidated properties and turning them into beautiful homes. Their continued success, however, is attracting less experienced (and less well-heeled) investors and driving the competition for distressed properties. As a result, DC continues to offer terrific investment opportunities, but is also a market where it’s easy to make mistakes.
Many of our private rehab loan customers ask us to wish them good luck on their rehab investment, but real estate investment isn’t about luck. It’s about well thought out decisions based on good research. It’s about markets and timing. However, all of that aside, it’s mostly about YOU. As a football coach would tell their team during half time, “You gotta get your head in the game!” To make successful decisions, you have to have the right mindset. What is the right mindset you ask?
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.