Home Rehabs In Wisconsin - Timing is Everything
Autumn is here, and if you are rehabbing a home, now is the time to make all the repairs and improvements you can - especially to the outside of the home. Here in Wisconsin, doing a home rehab well can be heavily dependent on the seasons. Let's face it, we have a long winter. But then again, so does half the country - and that doesn't stop industrious investors like myself from doing home rehabs well, with the goal of flipping them in the spring for a healthy gain.
Here's my list of 5 things you can do in the fall to make your rehab ready to sell in the spring:
1. Exterior Painting and Sealing
Rehabs often have a bunch of exterior work to do, and painting and sealing is one of the keys to curb appeal. If you can, try to bang this out early. Here's the trick: get all of your ducks in a row before you start. Be organized and have all of your contractors ready to attack the job quickly and effeciently. The last things you want is a paint job held up by some unexpected October snow.
2. Basement Work
Although basement work can be done in the winter, it's good to attack this before it gets to cold, as basements and foundations are often interconnected. Mold and water damage are sometimes part of basement problems, and these aren't often quick-fix issues, so get them knocked out quickly if you want to sell the place in the springtime.
Garages can be a huge selling point for a rehab - or a huge detractor if they aren't done right. Work the garage into the early stage of your rehab, and you will reap the rewards come spring.
Plumbing involves water. Winter involves freezing. You see where I'm going with this? Having to deal with shutting water on and off can be a huge hassle, and if your pipes freeze while you are trying to do repairs, you are in for an even bigger pain in the butt.
You REALLY don't want to get stuck in the middle of a roofing project in the middles of the winter - especially if you are planning on putting your rehab on the market come spring. Try to have this lined up well ahead of the first snow.
As always, try to find a contractor you can trust to do the work for you. Whether you are doing your rehab in Appleton or Kalamazoo, knowing you have people you can trust to get the job done in a quick, efficient, professional manner is a key to your success. Get references before you hire contractors, and when you get a good one, treat them well and they will treat you well.
Good luck with your autumn rehab - and selling it in the spring!