Recently I began working with a seller who is buying mostly single family homes either in distress or at the foreclosure sale and then fixing them up for resale.
Working again with someone who is "flipping" homes as I've personally done in the past rekindled memories of my time working the flips I did. Some memories that are great some not so great- but all valuable.
Fortunately working a flip from the sales agent/broker perspective allows me to help others by sharing my experiences. Experiences not only related to the major tasks required of a flip but experiences with what brought me the most satisfaction on my own flips- the fine details or wrapping up a major project. This is an area some will overlook or discount. It's easy to do in a big project as the flipper has seen a place transformed- it looks "X" times better than when they started. It has been my experience these fine details can make a greater impact on the eventual sale of a property than some may think. Buyer's know it when they see it, and when they don't and is often reflected in their offer.
In many flips the flipper will do "major" things as new cabinets, flooring, tile, roof, interior/exterior paint- major projects for sure. Some will also include new light fixtures, new doors (paneled vs slab) and appliances.
The finer/smaller details that one may not think of include such things as new blinds, door/cabinet hardware (if either or both aren't replaced), new light switches/receptacles and or covers, fresh bath/shower curtains, new toilet seats, new towel rods and paper holders.
Even if all of those things are done there's still finer details that can be good investments of time or money. Things like grouting or caulking tubs, sinks, counter tops, showers, windows and even baseboards (ideally prior to painting). And believe it or not there's still plenty to address in those finer details section. And the smaller they get the more I enjoy addressing them. I know they pay off in often unseen ways.
A small detail/tip that almost always comes in handy after a flipper is nearing completion of the project is related to the kitchen sink disposal. Exciting I know!
During the renovation inevitably someone will end up putting something down the sink, and into the disposal, that shouldn't have gone there. Don't flip the switch to see if someone did, assume they did and act accordingly. Place your hand in the disposal opening and feel around. Be careful the blades or the "trash" inside can be sharp. Start slowly. Remove the trash then run water through without having the disposal on. Feel around again. Turn the water on and then quickly turn on the disposal. Listen closely for remaining trash.
I've found even with several cleanings by hand it may still not be enough to remove the small/gritty parts and the associated sound. For this use the stopper, fill the sink with water then remove the stopper and turn on the disposal until the full sink runs through. If it still sounds gritty I suggest you place 3-5 ice cubes into the disposal, turn on the water and then the disposal. Repeat until it's as quite as it should be