Flipping Houses For Dummies, 4th Edition
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When you're just getting started, be sure to pick an easy property to flip — a great house that's merely cosmetically challenged. Then make the following improvements:
  • Clean everything thoroughly.
  • Repaint the interior walls, all white.
  • Install new wall-to-wall carpeting where it makes sense to carpet.
  • Replace all light-switch and outlet covers.
  • Spruce up the landscaping.
The idea is to freshen up the house on the cheap to give it a nice, clean, manicured appearance.

If possible, time the sale for spring or fall, when demand is typically higher or be prepared for the house to linger on the market if you plant your For Sale sign in the winter.

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Ralph R. Roberts is a master at flipping houses, earning a profit even in the deeply depressed real estate market in Metro Detroit, Michigan. He is the award-winning author of several books, including Foreclosure Investing For Dummies. Joseph Kraynak is a writer who's contributed to several Dummies books, including Flipping Houses For Dummies, Oceans For Dummies, and Selling on Amazon For Dummies.

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