Flipping Homes in Utah

By: Christian Jacobsen

Home flipping is reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. and why not? It has consistently showed itself to be one of the safest and most profitable forms of investment available. Utah is currently undergoing a period of huge prosperity and with that has come an increased need for quality homes and condos. The art of flipping homes is something that is attainable by the average investor as opposed to other veins of money making that require huge sums of money up front. The idea is fairly simple: buy a home at a price that is lower than it's worth. Perhaps a home that needs some TLC but is still in a good area.

Do the old "fixer-upper," and then sell it for a higher price and pocket the difference.

One thing to keep in mind when planning a home flip is to factor all of the costs associated with the renovations and upkeep of the home into your budget. This includes the mortgage if necessary. It will likely take some time to do the renos especially if you are doing them yourself. Also, make sure that you don't overestimate your abilities when it comes to renovations. The last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of the renos and having to find a contractor on short notice to rectify a mistake. This can cost valuable time and easily push you over budget on the project.

Usually in a home flipping situation you will be looking at redoing the floors, paint, kitchen, fixtures and bathroom. Essentially a complete cosmetic upgrade. However, do not forget to check all the important systems of the home for bugs or problems. The home may look fantastic but if its interior systems do not pass a home inspection you may have a problem on your hands.

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