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8 Ways to Tighten Up Your Rehab Process


8 Ways to Tighten Up Your Rehab Process

June 6, 2016

Like any successful endeavor, you need a plan when you’re ready to rehab a property. A surefire way to waste valuable time and money is to go into a project helter-skelter—everything needs to be done according to a plan and in the right order. Here are some tips that can help you on your next property renovation.


First things first—walk the property inside and out. Make thorough notes about repairs and upgrades you want to make based on your exit strategy.  Assess the neighborhood where the house is located and choose improvements suited for the area or renter. Over- or under-improving a house can make finding a buyer or tenant harder. These things should also be part of your budgeting process:

  • Anticipate problems and plan contingencies. All budgets need a plan B.
  • Factor in holding costs, sales commissions, and other expenses that can eat into profitability.
  • Make sure that your after repair value (ARV) or rental rates are properly analyzed.  Local realtors are a resource to assist with ARV estimates and rental comparables.
  • Ask other investors for contractor referrals.  Make appointments with them before closing on the property—remember that good contractors are booked in advance.  Have a detailed plan of your project ready to share to ensure all contractors are on the same page when it comes to deadlines.  Request examples of their work currently in progress.


Accessing capital quickly and easily allows an investor to be competitive when there are multiple bidders and helps them avoid costly delays with the renovation schedule. Once you’ve determined the expense of purchasing and renovating the property, decide the type of financing that works best for your situation. There are 2 options most real estate investors use:

  • Traditional lenders typically fund only part of the purchase price and zero for renovation.  This lending process can take as long as two weeks to get the loan approved.  It can take an additional 30-45 days to obtain funding.
  • A hard money lender can typically finance the full purchase price plus renovations through a quick and simple process. Speedy access to funds is important when you are rehabbing a property to avoid delays in the project. The entire process, from application to funding, can be accomplished within a week in most cases.  There is usually minimal documentation required from borrowers.


If you work with one, your general contractor can help you create a realistic calendar for the project. Schedule out the weeks and service providers first if you decide to handle it yourself. Don’t schedule all providers at your house on the same day.  No one will be happy and it will delay progress. For example, week 1 might include some initial visits from contractors like the plumber, roofer, and electrician, and perhaps some interior painting. Week 2 might include the installation of ceiling fans, fixtures, and new doors.

For a list of items that will need to be repaired, see our blog titled “5 Inexpensive Rehab Tips for Your Next Flip.” 


Weather doesn’t always cooperate with your schedule so check the five- or 10-day forecast when planning your exterior work schedule. Rain or freezing temperatures can squash exterior painting, landscaping, roofing, or siding repair plans.

Some cities' permit approval processes can take longer than others, so provide extra time in your schedule to accommodate these delays.


It’s important to know where your money is going at all times. Compare actual costs to the estimates in your budget and make adjustments as needed. You don’t want to discover at the end of the rehab that you’re way over budget. Additionally, if you see halfway through that you’re under budget, you might be able to add some additional cosmetic upgrades to enhance the look of the home even more. Use computer tools like Excel spreadsheets or QuickBooks to make the process easier.


If you can’t be at the site often, hire someone to project manage the progress to ensure a quality project is completed on time. Mistakes cost money and time. If, for example, a worker installs the wrong tile, taking it all out and replacing it with the right tile will extend your timelines – and that’s on your dime.


Improperly stored materials can be an accident waiting to happen, so take the time and care to store them properly – not in the way of your workers. The last thing you need is to have a worker injured falling over a box of floor tiles or trip over tools lying around. You also don’t want paint or other debris splattered on new cabinets or appliances, so move them away from the work area.  Consider placing materials in the garage.


Follow this rehabbing sequence to keep your project running smoothly:

  • Demo: Tearing out old materials such as carpets, tile and baseboards creates a mess of dust and dirt
  • Paint
  • Install flooring
  • Install new cabinets, countertops, fans, fixtures, and wall switch plates
  • Install fixtures, ceiling fans, and other items
  • Bring in your appliances

If you hire a contractor, ensure that the above sequence is followed.

Investors typically want a quick turnaround on their properties and that’s where a hard money loan can help.  Talk to a hard money lender about financing renovations for your properties. The approval process is easier and faster than traditional loans, so you can get started on your renovation sooner rather than later.



Longhorn III Investments, LLC is a direct private lender offering short-term acquisition and renovation capital to real estate investors for both residential and commercial assets.  We operate in major metropolitan areas throughout Texas, Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina.  Highlights of our loan program include:

– Up to 70% of ARV (after repair value)
– Finance up to 100% of cost
– Close in 3 – 5 business days
– No income requirements
– Streamlined, simple approval process
– No pre-payment penalty

Longhorn was formed in 2008 and has funded over 1600 loans since its inception.  Our complementary businesses include a title company and real estate law practice operating out of our corporate office.  Our wealth of experience puts us in the unique position of being able to help investors through all aspects of each transaction.

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