Although it was a crazy month, we did get some tasks accomplished at the flip house. There were a few mild days (40+ degrees) and we took full advantage by painting as much as we could on the exterior. We finished the trim around the top of the house and it already looks so much better now that the chipped paint is gone! Because the windows in the home are newer and matched the current trim color, I kept it the same by having Home Depot color match a piece of the chipped paint. With the new roof and gutters, the paint is really making this house pop when you walk past!
What drew us to this house was the location. It is located in an area with lower taxes but falls within an above average school district (Sylvania). It is a 3 bedroom Cape style house with 1,300 square feet and a large backyard - the perfect house for a family.
The Drummond flip house is a bigger beast than my previous flips. When we lived in Denver, we were living in the homes we flipped for two years and completed projects room by room. For this project we are doing every room at once and completing the project in 5-6 months. I am really working on giving .myself some grace on this project knowing that I will be learning a lot about project management.
If you are like me, the idea of paying for college in 10-15 years is a little overwhelming. Kids are expensive RIGHT NOW, so thinking about their price tags in 15 years is enough to give most parents heart palpitations. It’s not getting any cheaper to attend a university and Chris and I want to help out our kids as much as we can once the time comes.
If you follow me on Instagram you have seen that big renovations are already underway, however I wanted to take everyone on a full tour of the home and highlight some of the changes we will be making. I will be going more in depth with each project as we delve further into the flip.
We are in major planning mode right now for our Drummond flip house!
When flipping a house, the work starts the day your offer is accepted and the purchase agreement is signed. It generally takes 30-45 days for a property to close with conventional financing and you want to have as much of the renovation planned as possible within that time. There is always a chance that the deal could fall through and your planning could be for nothing, but it is better to get a head start and have contractors scheduled for the day you receive the keys to the house.
I know learning a new platform can be challenging, but Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform. You get to scroll through beautiful photos and engage with an awesome community every day that is often outside of your inner circle. I follow tons of design accounts, small businesses and all of my favorite brands.
SO…if you are new to this Instagram game, have no fear! I have created this post to help you learn the basics to become a pro in no time.
Today I am talking about the importance of staging your home and hiring a professional photographer when selling your house. I recently interviewed Mary Wyar, with Toledo Home Tours, and she provided her expertise and insight into the benefits of hiring a professional photographer.
I have fallen in love with Detroit and I don’t care who knows it!
I can’t believe I grew up only an hour away from this city and this past weekend was my first time exploring Detroit. Chris planned a quick 24 hour staycation for my 33rd birthday and he couldn’t have planned a more perfect trip.
We packed in loads of sight seeing and beer drinking and I am excited to share all of the main attractions with you on the blog today.
I have been intrigued by Airbnb for some time now and would love to become a host in the near future. For me, I prefer Airbnb’s to hotels whenever possible. They are often more affordable for the amenities you receive and it gives you a sense of community and culture that is often missing when you book with a hotel chain..
Luckily for me, I have a few friends who are well versed on the subject and were happy to share their wealth of knowledge! I interviewed two super hosts and have compiled each couples 5 key tips when starting your airbnb business.
Today I am taking your through my top 10 tips for updating your exterior and improving your curb appeal. For all three of our home flips, we did major work on the exterior of the home. The most effective updates were inexpensive and brought our homes into the modern era.
I am excited to share this fun wallpaper project with you and the best part is that it took less than 3 hours to install! I LOVE a good DIY project, especially when it can be completed in one night!
For this project, I teamed up with Tempaper Designs to install removable wallpaper to the stair treads of an old Victorian home in the Old West End of Toledo. If you are totally into this removable wallpaper trend right now like me, I highly recommend this product. They have so many design options and the installation was a piece of cake.
It's been a while since I posted and I wanted to fill you in on all of my current adventures. We have only a few weeks left before school officially begins for my kiddos and I am looking forward to a more consistent, full-time schedule to devote to my real estate projects.
Every time I sell one of our homes I take time to create a Homeowner's Manual to be displayed at the open house. Once the home is sold I leave this binder with the homeowner to reference once they move in. This manual is always a hit with the real estate agent and potential homeowners.
This manual gives you a chance to highlight all of the great features of your home that may go unnoticed in an open house and to address any potential concerns a buyer may have. This binder shows that this home was loved and taken care of, which all home buyers want!
Each room is filled with unexpected artwork accents, bright colors and plant displays that bring life into the space. These old homes are filled with formal trimmings that can often leave the a room feeling cold and museum-like but their cool, eclectic style makes every room feel inviting and modern.
Today am excited to share with you the beautiful home of Debbie Jacoby. Along with being my fun and sassy aunt, Debbie is also an interior decorator with tons of amazing tips on how to decorate and stage your home.
Our boxes are all unpacked and we are settling into our new routine in Ohio. Our summer babysitter started last week and it has been great to have a few days a week to work on real estate and our mobile home park deals.
Last week we said goodbye to Colorado, a state that will always have a special place in our hearts, and made the trek back to the buckeye state. This was a daunting task, but I am lucky to have such generous parents who offered to fly out and help us make the journey.
When Jamie and Kyle first saw this house online, they knew it had potential. The real estate market in Fort Collin's is really hot, so they knew they had to move fast. Kyle quickly booked a trip to check out the house and they decided to make an offer before it was snatched up by other buyers.
When I asked Jamie what the biggest challenge had been so far, she said it was actually seeing the house for the first time. Jamie had only seen it pictures, so walking into the house and realizing the scope of projects they had to complete; she was totally overwhelmed. Once she wrapped her head around all of the projects, they started to tackle the exterior renovations.
Hi Friends! Today I am sharing my top 10 tips for staging your home when selling your house. This is the third home I have staged and I absolutely LOVE this part of selling our homes. I hope my tips help you achieve top dollar for your house!
The laundry room was an important project for me because I truly believe that the energy you put into easily forgotten spaces are what sell a house. I gave this laundry room closet a a coat of clean, white paint and it made such a difference.
I have to be honest, I am loving this first week on my own. I am more patient with the kids before and after school, I am taking my dogs on walks, I have time organize the house and plan our dinners while also remaining focused on my real estate classes and finding mobile home parks. IT'S SO FUN!
Of course, this is always the first question! My strategy has morphed these last few months as I continue to research, listen to podcasts and chat with friends already in the industry. Six months ago I was focused on single family investment properties, then I moved on to multi-family and now I have settled on mobile home parks! If you find the right deal and manage mobile home parks correctly, there are opportunities for major cash flow and less hassle of managing renters in single and multi-family homes.
While we continue to work through our home renovation projects, we are also preparing for the big move back to Ohio. With any big move, there are a lot of details to get sorted out, especially when you have kids...enrolling the kids in school/daycare, figuring out our living situations, finding new doctors, dentists, etc, etc. In these next few months I will be documenting all of the insanity that is our lives as we prepare to move, start new jobs and businesses and hopefully do it all with a smile and no tears. :)
I am SO excited that I can finally share the big plans I have in store for Building Bluebird!
Chris and I have made the decision to move our family home to Toledo once we sell our home in April where I can fully focus on my passion of home renovation and real estate. This was not an easy decision by any means but we know it is best for our family and are excited to begin this next big adventure.