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In today’s world, having the right information is often the difference between success and failure. It doesn’t matter how talented, well intentioned, or motivated you are, if you have incomplete or inaccurate information things will be more difficult. Consequently, getting information from trusted sources and creating a plan of action is a vital part of success. My ebook, The Frugal Home Flipper, goes through the process of how I personally flip properties. I have taken all the information that I think is relevant and condensed it down to just over 40 pages. The end product is a clear, repeatable plan that helps you make informed decisions to minimize financial risk and maximize profit. Here’s the introduction…
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln
Have you ever wanted to fix up an older home to flip for a profit or perhaps call it home yourself? If yes, then you are one of many. In fact, flipping houses has become tremendously popular, but be aware that it isn’t as easy as it seems on TV. Truth be told, there’s a lot of planning, preparing, and sweating that takes place behind the scenes. With all of these steps left out of the equation many eager entrepreneurs jump in head first without knowing the possible pitfalls. The end result can be stressful, discouraging, and unprofitable. Well, I am here to tell you that with a plan of action this dream can become a reality. That being said, this is not a get-rich-quick scheme and I won’t show you how to buy a house for a dollar. The goal of this ebook is to help potential home flippers “sharpen their axes” so to speak. This involves developing a plan that’s sensible, cautious, and thrifty (all aspects of being frugal) to minimize risk. There’s always risk associated with flipping houses no matter what the market is doing, but when a sound strategy is used and good decisions are made that risk will shrink significantly. This ebook teaches how to prepare your finances, get a sober self assessment of your skills, find a good project house, navigate price negotiations, reduce realtor/bank fees, manage projects, select good materials, and find wise councilors in the real estate/construction business to make flipping houses rewarding and profitable.
You might be thinking that sounds great, but how do I know you have any clue what you’re talking about? Good question. For 30 plus years my father has owned and operated a successful construction company. Ever since I can remember I have been around the construction business in some capacity. I began working summers with his crew while in junior high school. This continued throughout high school and college. There were also many weekends spent working on project houses. During this time I was able to learn a great deal about the technical side of home construction as well as the business side.
After I graduated from college with a degree in chemistry I got a job with a large orthopedic company. After a few years I started flipping houses on the side to earn some extra income. In early 2009 I purchased my first house. It was a fixer upper to say the least. About 13 months later the entire interior and exterior of the house was remodeled. This process reaffirmed my passion for carpentry and cost effective design. It also gave me the opportunity to get creative with different remodeling ideas and inspired me to start a BLOG called frugalhomediy.com. However, I haven’t stopped at just one house; I am continually looking for other properties to flip because I find the process of transforming a dilapidated house into a beautiful home enjoyable. This ebook shows the process I go though when flipping houses. I took all the information I feel is relevant, condensed it down, and put it in logical order. The end product is a clear, repeatable plan that helps you make informed decisions to minimize risk and maximize profit.
I recently revamped this ebook and placed it on a different website called www.waronburglary.com. There is a bunch of great articles there on how to secure your home. The book is now called Do-It-Yourself Home Security.
“It’s not that easy being Green” Kermit the Frog
I think many would agree with Kermit the Frog’s statement, “It’s not that easy being green.” It’s true that being environmentally conscious seems daunting. What does it mean to be green anyway? Does one have to live in a way that’s completely carbon neutral? Install solar panels on their property and live off the grid? Put up wind turbines? Collect and purify rain water? Drive the latest, most efficient Hybrid car? Grow their own food? Or all of the above?
Doing all of these things would definitely qualify a person as being green, and if you’re able to do all (or even a few) of these things I think that’s awesome. But, what about the rest of us who don’t have the time or money to do any of it? Should we even try to be “green”? I think the answer to that is yes. There seems to be the sentiment that being green will severely hamper your lifestyle to the point where you won’t be able to enjoy life. This isn’t true. The truth is a person’s impact on the environment can be significantly reduced by making some simple lifestyle changes. I also believe being environmentally conscious doesn’t necessarily have to cost you financially. In fact, there are many instances where being green and saving money go hand in hand. I think that’s something most can get on board with. The point is that it’s possible to be green, save money, and enjoy life all at the same time.
These are pictorial instructions on how to build a stylish and inexpensive bed frame from PVC pipe. This bed is great for kids or adults who are looking for something unique. Construction of this bed frame takes only 2 hours and requires very few tools. Benefits of this bed frame are that it’s…
1) Cheap to make
2) Very durable
3) Has no sharp edges (kid safe)
4) Can be easily dressed up
This is a great and inexpensive solution if you have an extra bedroom to furnish, are looking for a new children’s bed, or are looking for something unique. Also, this bed can be easily personalized with stickers and paint to add to its uniqueness. Furthermore, if you make this for your child he/she won’t quickly outgrow it like he/she would a typical children’s bed. This frame will last into his/her late teens and maybe even early twenties. I used my PVC pipe bed from the age of 5 until I was 23. While growing up, I regularly had friends comment on how much they liked my bed. If you like these instructions visit my blog at frugalhomediy.com for more cool tips, tricks, and projects.