The secrets to successful house flipping

Tom Hall, an electrician and former real estate agent, says successful house flipping takes hard work, perseverance and a handful of simple rules.

Start small

Amateur renovators shouldn’t bite off more than they can chew. Select a small property as your first project with a view to buying a bigger one for your second. If you start with something small there’s less risk. “I started with a one bedroom apartment in Carnegie. I had to earn my own deposit, bought it, sold it and doubled my money in three years so it was a good start.”


Buy at the right price

Research the property market to find a place that offers good potential capital growth. Familiarise yourself with sales data so you know a good deal when you see one. Thorough research could see you bag a bargain, which means reaping a bigger reward once the renovations are complete. One of the most important things is buying at the right price, that’s one of the main things you should look for.


Negotiate a long settlement period

A 90-day settlement will give you time to draft designs and organise trades well in advance of your start date. If you have a 30-day settlement, you haven’t got as much time.


Tailor to a target market

Some renovators make the mistake of customising their improvements for their own purposes. But Hall recommends keeping a specific demographic in mind. A couple without children was the prime market for a one-bedroom property in Windsor, which he purchased for $475,000. Adding a loft-style bedroom for guests or to use as a study helped fetch a sale price of $850,000.



Every little bit counts when it comes to shaving down costs. Always ask for a trade discount when you’re buying supplies, keep an eye out for sales and make the most of connections who can offer you wholesale prices.


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