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What were we thinking? Flip Rehabs Then and Now

by Danny Johnson

Progress of our flips rehabs

What were we thinking? Flip Rehabs Then and Now

Melissa and I were looking at pictures of some of the rehabs we had done in the past.

Woah.

Some of those things were down right terrible! I don’t know what we were thinking. Some of them were even done after we had already had several years experience.

I guess sometimes you make progress without realizing it. Then, after several years go by and you look back at some of the old ones, you realize how much things have changed.

Then, there were also times that I knew something had to change. I remember one house that wouldn’t sell and sat on the market for months. It was time I go back by there and figure out what the problem was. I couldn’t have been more embarrassed. I couldn’t believe we had that thing on the market. It seemed that maybe we were focusing a little too much on quantity than quality and it showed.

Instead of just rambling on like I normally do, Melissa thought it would be more fun to post pictures of some of those old rehabs along with pictures from our most recent. What a great idea. Usually I will tell her her idea isn’t any good, only to claim it as my own a few days later. :)

Embarrasing Rehabs From The Past

Here are some pictures from rehabs past with a little description about what is so bad about them.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 1 (embarrassing)

Nice yard. It was nearly an acre of nothing but dead and overgrown vegetation. You’d think we’d at least power wash the sidewalk. Melissa said this picture makes it look like a murder house…lol

Flipping houses rehab then picture 2 (embarrassing)

Could we have made this one more blah? Guess we needed something as bad as the pink brick, so we went with an awful yellow. I can’t look at this one any longer.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 3 (embarrassing)

I’m starting to wonder if we had a falling out with our landscaper at this point. Why wasn’t this taken care of?

Flipping houses rehab then picture 4 (embarrassing)

Nice deck! And is that a rusted out AC condenser? (This is the back of the house at least to be fair. So cut us some slack.)

Flipping houses rehab then picture 5 (embarrassing)

This was the walk to the front door. How inviting? Geez. I think that tree ate that treehouse.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 6 (embarrassing)

Who doesn’t like a bunch of rocks with junk strewn about?

Flipping houses rehab then picture 7 (embarrassing)

Glad we went the extra mile to coordinate the colors…One of these things just doesn’t belong here.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 8 (embarrassing)

This is awfully colorful and vibrant. Who forgot to change the light fixture and adjust the cabinet door? This is an after picture right?

Flipping houses rehab then picture 9 (embarrassing)

Ugh. The ill-fitting dishwasher and the horrible tile really round out this one and make it a stunner.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 10 (embarrassing)

Let’s save the cabinets and have someone inexperienced in tile do the countertop? Yes, we did. No, we shouldn’t have.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 11 (embarrassing)

Well surprise, surprise, more white cabinets. Those floors looked good on display at the tile store. Not so much on the floor in this house. Maybe it didn’t look good at the store either.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 12 (embarrassing)

What do you mean the cabinets won’t close?

Flipping houses rehab then picture 14 (embarrassing)

Who the hell hung that mirror? Good thing that countertop fit just right…this is getting really embarrassing.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 15 (embarrassing)

Glad we left holes where the old toothbrush holder and soap holder were. That bathroom must have been 3 feet by 3 feet.

Flipping houses rehab then picture 16 (embarrassing)

How is it that everything got updated except the most important things, the tub and tile surround?

Flipping houses rehab then picture 17 (embarrassing)

Hmmmm

Flipping houses rehab then picture 18 (embarrassing)

So glamorous!

Flipping houses rehab then picture 19 (embarrassing)

Yes, a real (working?) outhouse. We wholesaled this one. We just had to throw it in there so that you would immediately forget the other embarrassing rehab pictures. Didn’t work did it?

Recent Rehabs To Be Proud Of

Here are some pictures from more recent rehabs. I think the biggest thing to note is that we started focusing on really trying to make our rehabs stand out. We were sick and tired of every rehab looking the same and looking like everyone else’s.

Potential buyers need to walk in and say, ‘Wow, this isn’t anything like everything else we’ve seen.’ What we want to happen is for them to see a lot of houses and then remember ours. The fact is that most houses don’t stand out, whether rehabbed or not and they can all be a blur. If we can do things that the others don’t do, ours will stand out and sell much faster.

Flipping houses rehab now picture 1 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 2 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 3 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 4 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 5 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 6 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 7 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 8 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 9 (embarrassing)

Flipping houses rehab now picture 10 (embarrassing)

Hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Hopefully we’ve redeemed ourselves with these recent rehabs.

Danny & Melissa
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