Posts Tagged ‘fixer upper rental home’

Maximize Rental House Profits — Buy Ahead of Time and Install Yourself

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

When operating a fixer-upper rental house business we must constantly be on the look out for short cuts to reduce our costs.

For example, a good way to buy a home furnace is to keep your eyes open for good-looking used one at yard sales. I came across one for $30 at a yard sale. There were actually two for sale, and I bought the newer, better-looking one. I offered $25 dollars, and when the lady wouldn’t take it I drove off thinking she was too inflexible. But, as I drove away, I came my senses as I asked myself, “where else am I going to get a good-looking furnace for $30?” I immediately turned my truck around and bought the furnace.

I knew I would need one soon for one of my rental houses. Looking back, I probably should have bought them both and kept one for the next time I needed one.

A friend of mine and I installed the furnace ourselves. Its a pretty simple matter to hook up the gas pipe and thermostat wiring. The major cost was about $40 for a guy to make a tin hood that connected the furnace to the duct work in the ceiling. Other parts, connectors, screws, etc., were about $30-40. I had a professional check out the work when we finished and viola! I had a working furnace for a fraction of what it could have cost though normal channels.

Of course, in buying used, you always take the chance of getting a furnace that doesn’t work But, in my experience, it’s worth taking a chance, and many times you hit the jackpot and can save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Keep your eyes open at those yard sales!

The lessons are, in order to maximize profits with your rental properties, to buy things as cheaply as possible, and to install them yourself. You can save a lot of money by buying ahead of time, when things are on sale. Don’t wait until the day the furnace breaks or the toilet kicks the bucket. You can usually see signs of these things sputtering before they finally go out. Take advantage of that knowledge to make a preemptive strike, and to purchase ahead.

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Start Your Fixer Upper Rental Home Real Estate Business in your Spare Time

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
-Thomas Edison

This blog is aimed at the person who has a strong desire to invest in real estate but wants to keep their regular 9 to 5 job. This person, like me, may not start off with a lot of disposable income. My wife and I have to pinch pennies and think long and hard about it before taking the plunge to buy a property. People who posses the extra money can afford to hire professionals to take much of the burden of their shoulders. They can hire attorneys, real estate agents, landscapers, plumbers and electricians.

But for me, the key is to not rely on on the so-called real estate professionals to help you along the way. What I propose is that you learn to do all these things yourself, just as you would learn all aspects of any hobby that you pursue. It is more difficult to do it all yourself, but it is more financially rewarding, more deeply satisfying, and you will learn a wide assortment of skills that will serve you well throughout life.

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