How to Start a House Flipping Business

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For many years, real estate has been a popular investment. While most people simply choose to purchase a home and live in it as it increases in value, some individuals participate in house flipping. They seek out properties that need repairs or are outdated, which they can purchase for a low price. After they’ve purchase the house, they make the repairs and updates before selling it. If done correctly, this yields investors a profit that can then be used to flip more homes. You too can make an investment in real estate and start a house-flipping business.

Learn about the costs involved. To be successful at house flipping you must be able to make a profit. It’s important that you know the costs of homes in your area based on size, amenities and location. You also must know what common repair and remodeling projects cost, as you’ll need to figure these in when determining whether a flip will turn a profit.

Find funding to start your business. Starting a house-flipping business can be costly depending upon the price of the first home you flip. You’ll need to get a loan for the home you purchase as well as have money to make the needed repairs. Some lenders won’t provide loans to people purchasing a home as a business investment rather than their residence, so you may need to seek out multiple lenders before you can find one that will qualify you for a loan.

Find a property to flip. Once you have secured the money for the home as well as the remodeling, you can find a house to flip. Find a house that has potential to sell for a higher dollar amount if cosmetic changes are made, and then compare the cost of the home and the repairs to the price at which you could sell it in the end.

Network with subcontractors. When flipping homes as a business, the majority of work often done to houses are completed by subcontractors especially if they involve specific trades such as plumbing or electricity. You want to get to know subcontractors in the beginning to ensure that you find ones who you can trust and who do good work at a fair price.

Obtain the appropriate licenses and permits. Some states and local governments require house-flipping businesses to be licensed since they are responsible for construction in residences much like a general contractor. While these licenses aren’t always required, you must get building and construction permits prior to starting work on houses that you’re flipping.

Tips & Warnings

  • You might be able to get a discount on certain items you use to flip a house such as tiling, cabinets, etc. if you purchase a bulk order and use them in multiple homes you flip. It's important that you are organized when operating a house-flipping business since there are large amounts of paperwork involved in the purchasing and selling of houses as well as many expenses you have flipping them. If you don't plan to be present at the house you are flipping each day, you might need to hire a general contractor to make sure subcontractors stay on task and work gets done on time.

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