Hi, I’m Lou Brown and I’m back with another of my 101 cash flow accelerators.
We’re talking about renovations in this segment. And one of the things that’s always very very important is to do your homework in advance of bringing in any contractors, go through the property yourself. Make a list of the items that need to be done room by room and trade by trade. Now trade by trade. So one of the things that I’ve created in my system call renovations is that separated what’s called the scope of work by trade. So you should have a separate scope of work for plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, electrical roofing, carpentry general, and painting. So those six different trades are typically done by different people. You’re giving them a different list of things, things to do. Now what I did is break it down room by room so that you’re actually walking through the room, walking through the project, determining by tip-offs that I have on each one of the different rooms of things to look at.
And then when you mark those things down, you’d be as specific as possible. I remember this one time on the scope of work for carpentry general. I had this contractor and he decided he was going to put up three and a half-inch crown molding in the living room and I had right on the scope of work, five and a quarter inch crown molding and you know, he called me for the inspection so that I would pay him. And I looked immediately walked in and I went, okay, this does not impress me. And he says, what’s wrong? And I said a crown molding. And he said, yeah, I put it up. I said I know you put up three and a half-inch and this is supposed to be five and a quarter inches. And he says, well that’s too bad for you. This is what I’ve put up. I said, no, hold on, let’s take a look at the contract.
And sure enough, right there on the contract, it says five and a quarter inch crown molding. Well, he had to rip out all that crown molding, install new crown molding on his own, take it before I would pay. It’s so important that you get these things nailed down. Per trade, per room. I’ve got that all broken down for you in my renovation system. Volume 11, renovations. You can go to StreetSmartInvestors.com and look, click on tools and then click on renovations. It’ll give you all the information and hopefully, this has been of help to you. That’s what I want to do. I want to help you be successful and highly profitable in this great business of real estate investing.
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