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The Three Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Moving home is an exciting time. Perhaps it means an interesting new job, a larger place or even being closer to your friends or family. Whatever your reason is for moving, we all want a smooth stress-free home move. This is why we’ve pulled together this article to highlight the three biggest moving mistakes and exactly how you can avoid them.
So, let’s jump right in.

Mistake 1:

The Primacy Bias, Why You’re Spending Too Much Money

There is a natural bias we have as humans called the primacy bias. This basically means that your judgement of something is affected by what you saw earlier. The classic example is when you walk into a bridal dress shop and see three dresses all for £5,000 or even higher. Then, the shop assistant brings out a dress for only £1,995. Bargain, right? By comparison the new dress seems to be cheap but it’s only because we have seen the more expensive ones before.

But what has this got to do with moving home?

If you’re buying a home you can have tens of thousands to spend, so costs such as pricey mortgage brokers or “recommended” solicitors can seem negligible in comparison to the total value. This therefore means that you’re more likely to spend more and actually buy items you might not otherwise because the costs seem less in perspective of your entire move. This also applies even if you’re renting, just on a smaller scale.

This isn’t to say these services aren’t worth it or you don’t need those items, it’s just important to really think about it .

Mistake 2:

Making More Work Than You Need To

Moving home is often seen as a stressful experience. In part that’s because we can make a meal out of what should be simple activities, meaning we have to spend lots of our time on the non-glamorous stuff. So, what can we do about it?  The good news is that there are some simple, easy-to-follow tips you can follow that will save your hours of time when moving home

  • Spring clean weeks before you move. Get rid of most of the stuff you haven’t used in the past 3-6 months. This can dramatically reduce the amount of stuff you’re taking to your new place – stuff you don’t use anyway
  • Label your boxes with the room they’re destined for. This one seems obvious but you’d be surprised the amount of people that forget to do this. Once you move into your new place it will be a complete time-saver
  • Update your address online. The team over at SlothMove have pulled together an online service where you can update your address online. Instead of spending up to 7 hours telling everyone that you’ve moved, you can tell them all within 5 minutes. That’s time better spent doing other things!
  • Book everything in advance. The further in advance you can make arrangements such as childcare, pet day-care, van rentals & storage the easier and smoother your move will be.


Mistake 3:

Stressing Too Much

Recent studies show that two thirds of people placed the process of moving home at the top of their stress list, suggesting that it caused more anxiety than breaking-up, divorce or even starting a new job.

If this is the way we perceive moving home, we might be less inclined to do so which can reduce our geo-mobility. Therefore, it’s important that we change our perspective about moving home itself.

But, how do you do that?

The first thing to bear in mind is that taking a break from the home move is completely fine and should be done. You don’t need to be a machine and get it done as quickly as possible. Feel free to take the afternoon or the weekend off and do something completely different. This will help the home move feel more part of your natural routine.

Secondly, try to take some time off work. Don’t try to squeeze everything in between your work and at your weekends. The impact of doing it in the evenings and weekends is that it compounds stress and gives you a completely full schedule. Just taking a week or even a few days off work can make a massive difference in delivering a stress-free home move.

Finally, remember why you’re moving in the first place. You might be moving for something really exciting. In the typical chaos of the home move it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that what you’re doing is really exciting. Contrary to popular opinion, moving home should be fun and is something to be enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you’ve found this article of value; with there being so much to do with moving home and it can be tough to stop and consider if there is a better way to do something. However, if you can take five minutes and apply just one of the principles we’ve covered today you can save yourself stress, time and even money.

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How do Movers Protect and Prepare your Home for a Move

Do you think the moving business is easy? It definitely is not. There are several nuances to it like packing, loading, unloading, and organizing. Though moving is not impossible but it has its own challenges. Moving is unequivocally the most stressful process because it can take a toll on even the best of organizers. But no matter how complex the task is, if performed with perfection you have nothing to worry about. If you know how to pack and move efficiently, you know exactly what difference will it make.


So how do professional movers tackle moving-related tasks? First, professional movers have packing and moving skills. Second moving companies mostly hire individuals with experience. They have the knowledge that ensures you always have safe and easy move. Not only this, but skilled movers are also familiar with the packing requirements and they know some crucial things related to moving. If you want to know what are those crucial things read below and find out how to pack your home as a mover does.


Start packing weeks ahead of the move


There is one thing that you have to keep in mind that packing is an integral part of any move. So as soon as you buy a new house, immediately start thinking about the days you can devote to packing alone. The bigger the house the more things you have to pack. Though consider yourself lucky if you have to pack a small apartment. But not lucky enough because you will still need a lot of skills to pack all your belongings.


Having said that, let’s see how packing weeks ahead of the move will help you. First, you will not be stressed by the time the moving trucks arrive. Second, you can keep a check on the movers while they load and unload all your belongings. Third, you will stay stress-free and have a great move.


Keep the furniture light


It has happened to most of us. Whether out of sheer laziness, avoidance or forgetfulness. But we have all been there. Un-emptied drawers of a hairdresser – does it ring a bell. Yes exactly, it is important to empty out all the drawers. Because a heavy dresser will be difficult to carry. It will consume your time and energy. Plus it is difficult to assess the safety of a piece of furniture when it is loaded with things inside. So, it is best that you first empty out all the drawers, pack the things in a separate box and then wrap the hairdresser in a soft blanket.


Label the boxes


Labeling will go a long way. It is also one of the techniques that will help you stay organized. Give a number to each box or use the technique of color-coding. Numbering the boxes will help you keep track of all the items and color-coding will help you identify which box belongs where. For example, the purple color is for the kitchen appliances, red for the master room, and green for the living room. In addition to this, don’t forget to prioritize the boxes. Say you are moving plants, aquarium or a fragile item. All these items will need immediate opening. So make sure you mark all the boxes that need to be unpacked as soon as you reach your house.


Separate the essentials from the non-essentials


You don’t need the old TV that lies in the basement nor the clothes that don’t fit. So, before making the final inventory donate or sell the non-essentials. Moving is the best opportunity to look for all the things that you can sell or simply donate. You can also call your friends and ask them if they are interested in buying some of the items. Likewise, you can also donate kitchen appliances not in use, old curtains, pieces of furniture lying in the store, etc. As a result of this exercise, you will have less things to pack.


Keep a stock of all the packing supplies


Gather all the supplies before you even begin to pack. You will need a pack of tapes, boxes of different shapes and sizes, wrapping paper, plastic wraps, bubble wraps, soft blankets, straps, moving dolly, markers, and gloves. So, make sure you gather all the supplies or buy the ones you don’t have. Instead, there are entire stores dedicated to selling items that you will need for packing. You can even request Manhattan Movers or the movers in your city to get the packing material for you. But remember they will charge you extra for the same.


Whether you are hiring long distance movers in NYC or local movers NYC of the city you reside in. If you have the right movers helping you they will make your journey stress-free and smooth. But in case if you chose to move all by yourself, keep all the tips mentioned above in mind. Happy moving!

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Moving house with a pet – Tips for moving with dogs and cats

Ideally, the best case scenario for you and your pet would be to find someone – a friend or a family member – to look after the pet and keep it away on your moving day. But we don’t live in an ideal world and that probably won’t be the case for you on your moving day. So what can you do to make the moving house with a pet easier?


We’ll talk here about dogs and cats because they are the ones who can have trouble with moving to another home. Read on and check out some tips about moving home with a pet…


Tips for moving house with a dog


  1. Leave packing the dog’s bed and toys to the last minute. Let them feel at home until the last moment.


  1. When hiring professional movers, it would be best to keep the dog in a room where the movers won’t go. It’s to protect the dog and the movers. There could be someone who is allergic to dogs or deadly afraid of them.


  1. If you’ll be traveling a long time to get to the new property, don’t forget to secure your dog in the car and stop regularly for bathroom breaks and feeding time. For overseas relocation, it’s important to talk to the vet and get advice about taking your dog to another country.


  1. Make a new collar for your dog with the new address, in case your pet gets lost.


  1. Research vets and dog parks near your new house so you can be prepared.


  1. Do not be quick to wash your dog’s bed. Leave it as it is for a couple of day at least in the new house, so the dog can sense a familiar smell.


  1. Try to maintain its normal routine as much as possible.


  1. If there’s a garden at your new property, check if there are holes or places your dog can easily escape from before letting it play freely.


  1. Take the dog for a walk around the neighbourhood to meet the neighbours (especially the canine kind) so it gets to know them.


  1. And most importantly, be patient with your dog. It will get used to the new house but you will have to help it.



Some dogs get used to new places rather quickly, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, often youngsters or very old dogs can have trouble getting used to the change. They may exhibit the following symptoms: lower activity levels, trembling, tucking its tail, hiding. If you notice any of the signs, call the vet.


Tips for moving house with a cat


Cats are a little bit easier to handle in such situations. Most cats love their routine, which when they get older is mostly sleeping and eating; and most of them don’t mind changing homes.


Some, however, can dislike the change and feel uneasy at a new home at first.


  1. Make sure the cat is put away in a room where movers won’t go on your moving day.
  2. Buy a cat travel bag in advance to limit the chaos it can cause while on the road.
  3. Stop regularly for bathroom breaks for the cat. Carry it in on a leash or in the travel bag, it might get scared and run away otherwise.
  4. Just as with dogs, if your cat has a bed – don’t wash it for a couple of days after moving in.
  5. Find a new vet if your current one will end up being too far away.
  6. Introduce the cat to the new house and be patient. Chances are it will walk around and sniff for a little while and find a place it likes and fall asleep. But if it starts acting differently or weird, call the vet.



Cats and dogs have feelings too. If they feel nervous and show unusual behaviour, do not wait too long to call a vet. Moving is stressful for them just like it is for you. Be understanding and supportive. Keep things as normal to them as possible and they should get used to the new place.

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Moving Home as an Elderly Person – What to Consider

Moving home at any age can be stressful as well as exciting but for elderly people there can be added complications and things to think about.

Many older people decide to move home mainly for practical reasons. Perhaps their current home is too big and becoming unmanageable if for instance the person is struggling with reduced mobility. Or maybe they need to move closer to family and friends in order to access care and support. Other reasons can be financial such as the need to raise funds for future care needs. Decisions could include what type of new home do you need and how much space?

One thing many elderly people worry about is having to go into residential care if they become too infirm to manage but research by the Live-in Care Hub has shown that some 97% of people in the UK express a wish to remain in their own homes throughout their senior years. With this in mind read on for ideas on how you can achieve this and still access care plus what you need to consider if you do move home.

De-clutter but Keep the Memories

One of the hardest things about moving home and especially to a smaller home is giving up decades of possessions when your present home is full of memories and family mementos. The prospect of throwing away precious belongings can for some be a reason to put off any thoughts of a move even though moving would be beneficial to health and wellbeing. For this reason it is important to get family members and friends on board to help and support you throughout this stressful and momentous time in your life. Help to sort through belongings and paperwork to decide what to keep is a good start keeping in mind the emotional impact and stress of dealing with the official aspects of moving. If care needs are a worry it can help to talk to providers of home care services to find out what kind of home care is available in the area in order to put minds at rest.


Room for a Carer?

When a decision is made to engage a live-in care helper it is essential that the new home has a spare room which after all will be the home carer’s room. They will need their own personal space in order to best carry out their tasks as professionally as possible.


Get Specialist Help

Moving someone from a home where they may have lived for many years can require the services of a company that specialises in helping elderly people relocate. If family and friends are unable to help then having someone who understands about the stresses and strains felt by older people leaving a much loved home can help the whole thing go as smoothly as possible. A specialist mover can understand and appreciate the memories and emotions tied up in precious belongings and furniture. Anything which offers support throughout the experience is important to help them feel they’re doing the right thing.

What Brexit Means for the Removals Industry

There’s currently a lot of speculation regarding Brexit, if it will go ahead, and what it means for industries. Here’s what we anticipate it could mean for removal companies, particularly international removals companies. To be honest, Brexit’s consequences are difficult to predict, however, we can make some assumptions and educated guesses about its possible effects. If we leave the EU, the removals industry will likely experience positive, but also negative outcomes.

Domino effect in the property market

The effect of Brexit is likely to be significant on the property market in the UK. Removal companies may find themselves negatively impacted by this outcome. Brexit will likely cause economic instability particularly in the short-term. Instability will mean people find it more difficult to purchase property. It’s reasonable to suggest this will mean more people staying in their current accommodation and not needing removal services. The law of supply and demand means we’ll have a surplus of removal companies looking for bookings and less jobs available so profit margins will be put under pressure.


Free movement

In order for removal companies in the UK to operate smoothly, they often need to move freely across Europe. After Brexit, free movement will become problematic. UK removal companies may look to build better relationships with EU removal companies to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Companies will likely need to complete more procedures and paperwork before they are allowed to cross the borders. This will delay the process and cost removal companies more time and money. UK nationals, who move to the EU and later decide to move back to Britain, will possibly be more inclined to hire a local European removals company to avoid the perceived complications.



All countries involved in the EU have benefited from the trading agreement between the European countries and the United Kingdom. This has allowed free tariff trading agreements for our removals companies. If Brexit goes ahead, companies will need to negotiate new agreements. This makes the UK vulnerable to unfavourable tariffs when they deliver services to European countries.


Labour force changes

Being part of the EU, UK companies have the right to use an experienced workforce from all over Europe. Unfortunately, Brexit will likely create complications for British businesses, including our removals companies. Potentially this could be seen as good news for unemployed citizens. It will possibly open more job opportunities for the currently unemployed.


More citizens moving

The increase of British people wanting to move abroad is one short-term positive of Brexit for removals companies. Should you stay or should you go? This will possibly result in a small increase in bookings of removals companies. EU nationals who now live in the UK may feel unstable in their residency and choose to move home. This could result in mass-migration for the short-term, meaning more work for the removals industry.



According to the referendum results, the UK voted in favour of leaving the EU by 52%. Only Wales and England voted to leave the European Union by the majority, while all Scotland and Northern Ireland councils voted to stay in the EU with a majority of votes.


We all hope citizens and businesses will benefit from Brexit if we choose to go ahead. Of course there will be a time for us all to recalibrate and prepare for the future. After a couple of turbulent years, we hope for economic stability to be restored. We cannot tell for sure what the outcomes of Brexit will be – we are cautiously optimistic that a good decision will be made for the benefit of us all.

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Tips For Cheaply Moving Home As A Student

Students move home regularly, which is why it is important that every move is as cheap as possible. Here we have some great tips to help students move home cheaply and efficiently.


Moving home is expensive for everyone, especially for students. Students in London tend to move around a lot from home to halls, from halls to a shared house, then back home again. It’s a pretty changeable lifestyle when you’re a student which is why you have to become pretty great at moving your stuff or find someone else who can move or store stuff cheaply.

There are tons of ways you can save money when moving home as a student, here are just a few of them:

Mates Rates

Get everyone and anyone to help you. Don’t be afraid to trade cups of tea and favours for help moving, you need the help and this is when those closest to you should be available. Your family should be your first port of call as your parents probably have a bigger want and need to care for you than most of your mates, plus they like to help out however they can and may well be offended if you don’t ask them first. Then it’s time to call in the heavies – your mates. Plenty of them will be moving as well so simply call it ‘helping each other out’. You carry my box I’ll carry yours sort of thing! Everyone is in the same boat so hitch lifts and lifting help wherever you can, just don’t forget to say thank you and offer your services back, otherwise you won’t be getting much help next time!

Use What You Already Have

Where possible, try to avoid buying packing materials and use what you already have. Wrap clean kitchenware in scarves and clothes and ask friends to save up newspapers for you to wrap things in. Don’t bother buying packing boxes either, get down the local supermarket and ask them for spare boxes. Many shops have to pay to get their cardboard removed so will be more than happy to give you their spares. Top Tip – banana boxes are particularly strong and often come with lids so ask for those as a priority!

Have A Sale

Use moving as a chance to sell some of your unwanted items for extra money. Not only could this save you money on your move (saving fuel costs for car trips etc) it could make you money! Car boots are always an easy way to make a bit of spare cash on a Sunday morning (in some places pitches are just £5.00 for the whole morning!) or there are auction sites available to, not to mention recycling shops where you can weigh in old clothes.

Don’t Buy New

If you’re moving out for the first time, this is not the time for you to be buying loads of new and fancy items for your new home. You want clean and comfortable, not designer, so go mad on shabby chic! The best way to do this is by frequenting the car boots every Sunday in the lead up to your move. You can get plates for 20p, cool ornaments for £1.00, board games, clothes – anything you can think of! When you’re a student you can get away with being as wild and as out there as you want – so do it and grab yourself some second hand bargains!


If you’re moving somewhere for a short time, try one of the many cheap self-storage units available to save money. The rates charged are very variable so compare prices of different self storage providers – but this is a great way to find secure space for your stuff if you need to stay in a friend’s room for a bit or at home for a bit while you save or look to find better digs.

Leave Time


Leave plenty of time to get yourself organised. Pack up your stuff for storing well in advance and try to label it so you know what is in every box. If you’re putting items in self-storage in Cambridge, Oxford, London (or wherever you are based at university) you need to make sure you lay out your self-storage unit well so nothing gets broken or damaged through collapsing stacks or dust infiltration. If you’re already studying then time management should be second nature to you, so there’s no excuse for being unorganised!

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Top Tips For Finding A Great Removals Business

Finding the best Removals Company in the market filled with fierce competition could be daunting. It can be quite problematic especially when you know that you do not have the capacity to do extensive research and interview all the companies that are available. What you want is a removals company who are professional, trustworthy and reliable. You will be tasking them with taking care of your items. This means that if you choose the wrong company, you will probably end up with broken items or worse.

We have heard our fair share of Removals nightmares that we know already which factors to look for so you can ensure that you do not end up with a hellish experience. Moving homes or office can be quite stressful. There is no need for you to add up to that stress by dealing with a problematic company. You should look for professionals and experienced movers that will pack your valuables and belongings in a quick and efficient manner.

When moving, you also have to take into consideration that they will be handling your expensive items ie. fine china, furniture, etc. Having a great Removals company will also be beneficial as they can hook you up with self-storage facilities that can make the entire moving process convenient for you. Professional Removals companies will also have specialists that are experts in packing your stuff and moving them which will make everything efficient.

Here are some tips on how to find the right Removals company for you.


  1. Check the Internet and use the appropriate keywords to find the best Removals company in your area
  2. Once you have a list of potential companies, check out the experiences of each company. When it comes to experience, the longer the better.
  3. Check out if the Removals company are partnered with storage facilities. Companies like this are indicative that they know a lot about moving.
  4. Inquire how they would be handling your furniture, valuables, and all your other materials. This will guarantee that you will be in safe hands.
  5. Only sign with a Removals company if they have insurance. You can’t avoid accidents from happening
  6. Go to their office before the moving day. It would be best for you to meet the point person, the driver, and the other men that will do the moving for you. This ensures that you are not going to be moving with complete strangers
  7. Double check the terms and conditions of your contract and clarify some unclear terms
  8. If you’re going to get a storage facility, do an ocular visit before so you can be sure that it is appropriate


Before the removals men arrive, here are some things that you should do first:

  1. Create a master list of all the items that you will have the Removals company bring. It would also be more prudent to take pictures of the more valuable items like your furniture. This would also help you with insurance claims if something unfortunate happens. This would also help you if you are missing items at y our new place
  2. Label all the boxes and packages properly to prevent any sort of confusion and mishandling
  3. Keep all of your important documents like your passport, bank statements, etc. with you. Jewellery should also be handled personally. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t risk losing them, bring them with you
  4. Before you finally leave your house, make sure that it is entirely empty. Check every room, wardrobe, cupboard, and closet to guarantee that you do not have items that you have left.
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Apps You Need to Help With Your House Move

With the ability of mobile apps to streamline nearly every aspect of locating a new place, the process of moving has become significantly easier. Without taking advantage of these tools, you may find yourself overwhelmed with moving tasks and unable to finish everything in time for move-in day.


For example, it’s a good idea to research cheap renters insurance before you move so you can be sure your valuables will be protected in your new place. The same goes with searching for moving services and supplies – you don’t want to put these basic tasks off until the last minute.


You may be familiar with the vast array of real estate websites available to help facilitate the process of buying, selling, and renting properties, but there are also many lesser known programs for other tasks that come up while moving. These tools are must-haves for anyone planning an upcoming move, and having them downloaded may be just what you need to get your moving jobs done on schedule.




Zillow may be the biggest name in the world of real estate websites and applications, and it’s easy to see why. The platform receives roughly 36 million unique visits every month from users around the world, and it’s a great starting point if you’re still looking for that perfect place.


If you’re interested in a more interactive experience, Zillow’s mobile app also contains a feature which allows you to look at local listings in real-time as you walk through target neighborhoods. This makes it easy to visualize your life in a new place and get a feel for each area you’re considering.




Wunderlist isn’t actually a house move app, but its general suite of productivity tools make it a great way to stay on top of your progress and make sure you don’t push things off to the last minute. With Wunderlist, you’ll be able to put to-do lists together and set reminders for tasks that you want to finish at certain times.


One interesting feature of Wunderlist is the ability to share these lists and reminders, allowing you to delegate tasks to any roommates or friends that are helping you pack up your place. Syncing this information to the cloud turns Wunderlist into a centralized platform, making it that much easier to prepare for your move.


Facebook Marketplace


There’s a good chance that you’re among the 2 billion-plus people that use Facebook each month, but even regular Facebook users often aren’t aware of the platform’s robust marketplace features that facilitate the buying and selling of a variety of items. This is the perfect place to find people in your area and arrange a purchase.


Selling and giving away old items is one of the most commonly overlooked tasks involved in moving out, and these pieces can be tough to get rid of as your move-in date approaches. Put a few things on Facebook Marketplace well before you’re planning to move in order to give yourself time to field offers and find a convenient time and place to meet buyers.




Fixing up your current place is a great way to increase the sale value of a home or guarantee an apartment’s security deposit. Repairing any damage and performing routine maintenance may involve more tools and specialized skills than you’re comfortable taking care of yourself.


Fortunately, TaskRabbit makes it easy to find professional freelancers and contractors in your local area. It’s an especially useful tool if your moving date is rapidly approaching and you don’t have time to complete everything you need to before leaving. Anything from cleaning and painting to more in-depth projects can be found on TaskRabbit.


Moving out is an often overwhelming endeavor that requires careful preparation and planning well in advance. If you’re looking for ways to streamline the moving process, these house move apps will help you make a number of moving tasks easier, including everything from searching for a place to finding buyers for items you no longer need.

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House Flipping in 2019: 6 Tips to Help You Turn a Profit

Real estate and, more specifically, house flipping, can be an incredibly profitable business. With the right home and in the right market, it’s possible to make tens of thousands of dollars on a single house over the matter of a few months. And that’s just one house.


Once you get the hang of flipping properties and discovering how to identify homes with the greatest return on investment potential, you’ll turn your flipping business into a well-oiled machine.


However, before any of that happens, you’ll need to start out with a single property. There will likely be growing pains as you learn along the way as well. However, by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll cut down on major expenses, all while boosting the potential profit while flipping homes.


Always Inspect The Property


Never look at the asking price, do a walkthrough of your own, and decide to buy it right then and there. This is a classic mistake and one that can cost you. Unless you’re a contractor you may miss substantial problems with the house.


You might not have seen the sloping foundation or the major problems with the roof. If you need to fix the foundation and install a new roof you’ll easily spend $50,000 or more on just these two repairs. This might completely eat away your entire profit margin.


So before you buy any property, always have it inspected. It doesn’t matter if you intend to gut it and flip it.


Look For Good Bones


It’s easy to fall in love with small features of a house. Maybe one property has a beautiful stained glass window or the most attractive backyard you’ve ever seen. When you see such a property it’s easy to get distracted.


In fact, while these are nice features, never buy a property to flip just because of a feature. You want a property with good bones. When it has good bones (in other words, a strong, level foundation, and solid construction), you can make up for any cosmetic problems. In fact, you can add as many features as you might like to make the property more attractive.


It is repairing problems with the bones where the real expenses creep up. Installing new windows might cost a few thousand dollars. But lifting the entire house, this will cost more than most complete renovations.


Only buy a house to flip if it has good bones – this is one of the best money-savings tips we can give you. Anything else will both cost too much to fix and take too long to flip.


Are Homes Selling In The Neighborhood?


One of the mistakes potential flippers make is not looking at the buying market of a given neighborhood. They might look at what housing prices are in the community and even the demographics of median income and family makeup. All of this is valuable data. However, it’s not the most important piece of information.


You need to know how long the average house stays on the market. Some communities are hot, to a point where a property sells within the same week or two, it goes on the market. Yet other communities do not receive the same kind of interest from potential buyers.


Even if you can buy a house and sell it for a greater amount of money in a slower moving community, it’s better to buy a house you can fix and flip right away.




Because for every month you hold onto the house that’s another month you have to pay a mortgage.


Time really is money in the world of house flipping. So if you buy a property with a $1,000 mortgage and you end up sitting on it for six months, that’s $6,000 out of your potential profit.


You want to get in and get out as quickly as possible, especially when starting off.


After you’re established and have a half-dozen properties going at once you may be able to afford to hold onto some properties for longer, if you know you’ll make a larger profit when it does sell. But in the beginning, shoot for a fast-selling community.


Home Depot (and Lowes) Is Your Friend


Yes, you can buy all kinds of goods for the flip from your local home improvement store, but that’s not why it’s really your friend.


The more work you do on the property yourself the greater your potential profit. This also means every dollar you give to a contractor is one less dollar you’ll have when you sell the house.


Many of the jobs a contractor will do for you are jobs you could actually perform yourself. You just don’t have the right experience or knowledge at your disposal.


This is where the local home improvement store comes in.


Most stores such as Home Depot and Lowes offer free tutorial demonstrations on weekends (check out the websites for stores nearby to see when these classes are offered). By attending these classes you’ll learn how to do these tasks within the home you’re flipping.


You’ll discover many of these tasks are not terribly difficult. It might take a few hours longer to do, but you’ll save hundreds of dollars on every job you do yourself. Plus, the more frequently you flip homes, the more practice you’ll have and the easiest it becomes.


But Know When You Need a Professional


There are some jobs you can do yourself.


Installing a toilet, laying tile, or even buffering a hardwood floor.


However, you need to know when to do the job yourself, and when to turn to a professional. If your home needs electrical work do not try to go about doing this yourself.


First, dealing with major utilities, such as electricity and gas, is dangerous. You not only put yourself in danger but potential buyers in danger.


Second, if a potential buyer is interested in your home they will hire a contractor to come in and inspect the house. If the electrical work is not done correctly you’ll need to hire someone to come in and repair what you already did. This forces you to pay for the electrical work twice before the house sells, and you’ll end up holding onto the property longer, which may mean you pay another mortgage payment.


So while much of the work you can do on your own, know when to hire a professional.


Connect With Contractors


At some point in time, you will need to work with contractors. You might be able to perform much of the work on your own with the first flip. In fact, if you’re doing one property at a time and are careful with the houses you buy you’ll find much of the work is easy to do. However, there will come a time where you either purchase a lemon of a house and it requires more repairs than you thought, or you’ll run out of easily-flipped properties and have to dig into homes with greater cosmetic fixes.


Whatever the reasoning, seek out a contractor you can directly work with. Show the contractor your portfolio of homes and your desire to continue the flipping process. If the contractor believes you’ll deliver a steady stream of work they may be more inclined to cut their asking price. So look around and discuss the partnership opportunity with these contractors. It may be a mutually beneficial relationship for both of you.


In Conclusion


Now is the perfect time to start flipping houses. Flipping real estate, when done right, has the potential to turn into a full-time, high-paying job. And this is a job where you’ll be your own boss. However, flipping homes are more difficult than what 30-minute television shows make it out to be. You need to know how to best pick out homes and how to keep costs down in order to increase your profits.


By following through with these tips and suggestions, you’ll avoid buying homes that not only will cost too much to repair but will stay on the market longer than you’d like. Plus, with the help of My Real Estate Business, you’ll have access to a team of professionals that will help give you all the necessary tools and education you need to be a successful house flipper.