Thanks to the numerous home design shows available, house flipping has become even more popular and tempting. While it may look glamorous and exciting on TV, people must remember that house flipping takes a lot of work. It is also a costly experience, especially for those new to the practice.

Yet there are reasons why house flipping is so popular. When done right, house flipping can turn an outdated house into something beautiful or be a reliable income source. Either way, some benefits help outweigh the risks. 

For those undeterred by the risks of house flipping, here are some things you should know before getting started.

It Takes Work

As mentioned above, flipping a house takes work. A lot of labor (and money) goes into making a home look new and updated. In other words, house flipping isn’t like other forms of real estate investing – it isn’t passive.

If you want to cut down on the workload, there’s always the option to hire professionals to come in and do the work for you. However, that comes at a cost – literally. Every delegated task will cost money, which will cut into the overall profit of this venture. 

Know the Market

Here’s another thing you need to understand: your local market. The market will change with every neighborhood, so staying updated will be more work. Yet it is an essential step in the process.

There are several good reasons to understand local real estate markets. First, it’ll inform you of the general housing price for the area. Second, it’ll advise you of the selling season, timeframe, and overall style preference. 

One other thing to keep in mind: a house can only be updated so much before its return diminishes. The neighborhood defines part of this. A higher quality house than the rest of the community won’t magically get away with charging more. In other words, you want to upgrade to match the neighborhood – but not exceed it. 


Unless you’re looking to learn every handy skill required to flip a house (which is possible – some people do go this route), you will need to find a good contractor. Or two. It’s important to emphasize the “good” in that statement, as not all contractors will give you the same results.

Ask around the real estate industry, and the odds are good that everyone will have at least one “bad contractor” story to share. Ideally, you want to avoid adding your account to the mix. You’ll have to get a list of reliable contractors to prevent this. This is something to have in place before you begin investing in house flipping, as it will save you a lot of headaches down the road.