So we’ve all watched the TV programmes – Property Ladder etc. We sit and think we could do better than that, surely it’s so easy! Easy to pass judgement when it’s not you doing it and not your money involved.

There is certainly a lot of skill involved in doing a renovation project. One of the main things that you need to do is TO PLAN. Good organisation skills are essential when doing something like this.

You need to decide on your exit strategy up front. Are you going to buy and hold and let the property out or are you going to refurbish the property then try to sell it – flipping. Having more than one exit strategy will reduce your risk. “Begin with the end in mind” Stephen Covey

Make sure you do you research:

  • Research the area – so that you can really target the sort of people who will want to live there, keep your target market in mind when you start to develop your plans.
  • Find a suitable property.

Remember don’t get personal; don’t be tempted to buy things just because you would like them. Don’t spend lots of money on the latest gadgets or technology. This is not going to be your home; you are in this to make a profit!

We have some great eBooks that will help you with a refurbishment project.

Easy Home Improvement Ideas That Will Bring Value To Your Home

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Diagnose central heating problems

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How To Combat Easy Lock Snapping

How To Dramatically Improve Modern External Door Security An important part of keeping any rental, commercial or residential property secure is ensuring your doors are protected with locks that can keep intruders out effectively. However, many properties with modern UPVC or metal doors are fitted with standard cylinder locks that might not be able to keep opportunist burglars out as well as you might think. We’ve looked at the shortcomings of standard cylinder lock types with the experts at Locksmith Derby and the burglary phenomenon known as lock snapping, plus how anti-snap locks could provide the added protection you need. How burglaries occur with standard locks  Normal cylinder locks, often known as euro cylinder locks, definitely provide some protection for your property, surely you need a key to get in? Most people realise there are variety of ways that experienced burglars, or a locksmith can get past them, either picking the...
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Home DIYs That Will Catch A Buyers Eyes

If you’re planning on selling your home, it’s important to catch the eye of your buyer in all the right ways. The property market is often a very competitive one, so anything that you can do to get the edge over other sellers is vital. If you need your home to really impress, here are some ideas that you can put into practice so that your property will really wow those coming to view it. Declutter The very first thing you need to do when preparing your house for a sale is to declutter all your rooms. The people coming to view your home want to imagine themselves living there – they can’t do that if your odds and ends are taking up every visible space. Be ruthless. Throw away anything you don’t want, use or need. If you need to, borrow a garage or rent a storage unit for...
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Getting a Handle on How to Upgrade Your Porch

Whether you’re looking to spruce up a property before you sell it or make major upgrades to make your house more liveable after you’ve bought it, or if you just fancy a change, livening up a porch can make a home feel, well, more homely! There are many different ways to upgrade a porch, and beyond the aesthetic benefits to taking action, there are important security, energy efficiency and value-adding elements to such a decision. Large-Scale Upgrades Are the Most Important You don’t have to spend a lot freshening up what usually is a very small space. In the UK as a whole, porches are usually very small spaces intended to provide simple cover from the elements and possibly some storage space. Your porch is where the first impression of your house is formed. If you’re selling, consider the real possibility that most buyers will have decided whether they like...
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