Flipping Houses: Turning a Wreck into a Gem

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Flipping Houses: Turning a Wreck into a Gem

Five years ago, I decided to start my own side business. Along with keeping my job as a construction worker, I decided to use my savings to purchase an older residence. The plan was to fix up the place and then sell it at a profit. It didn't take me long to figure out that while my side business would take up most of my free time, it would make me a lot of money. Today, I still flip three or four houses a year. My strategy developed through trial and error, and I've learned how to evaluate the potential of a property first, then buy second. I know what must be done in the way of exterior painting, making the place secure, and ultimately finding the right buyer. If you are thinking about trying this kind of sideline, read on. What I've learned will help you a lot.


3 Ways A Locksmith Could Help Protect Your Business That You May Not Have Thought Of

If you own your own business, you likely have taken at least some steps to protect your property from break ins and vandals. While it's a good idea to have a locksmith in your address book for things like the theft or loss of an important key, there are other reasons to keep a local locksmith around as well. Here are three ways that a locksmith could help provide extra security for your business that you may not have thought of.

Installing a Safe Inside the Business

Having a strong security system to prevent break ins into your building is a good idea, but sometimes even the best lock can be picked if a thief is really adamant about getting in and has the right tools for the job. One way you could provide extra security is to keep your most valuable items inside a safe in the building whenever you aren't around. A thief that breaks into the building itself only to find that all of the good stuff is behind a sturdy safe door may feel discouraged and move on to the next target. A good locksmith can make sure your safe is fitted properly and is locked as securely as possible.

Electronic Access Control

Locksmiths and the locks they can install are much more technologically advanced today than they used to be. Why settle for just a lock installation when you can get an entire security system installed? Some locksmiths specialize in the installation of electronic access control systems. These systems can allow you to lock or unlock all doors in the building with the touch of a few buttons. It also provides great convenience for your employees as they can most likely just carry a badge around that will automatically unlock all doors that they are allowed to access without needing a separate key for each one.

Window Locks

If your business has windows on the first few floors, do not underestimate the ability of a crafty thief to use this as an opportunity to get in. A locksmith can add locks to the inside of your windows so that it's all but impossible for a thief to get in this way without smashing the window in and likely setting off an alarm that will send the police to your business. A business that is well fortified with locks on all doors and windows can sometimes be viewed as a more difficult target for a potential thief, and they will move on to an easier job.

If you have an employee walk out with a key or you lose one by accident, it's obviously a good idea to get a locksmith, such as Able Security Locksmiths, to rekey your building's locks. But there are less obvious ways that a good locksmith can help as well. Add an extra layer of security to your business by adding a safe inside the building. Consider moving to an electronic access control system for greater convenience and security options. Add locks to your windows as well so that your entire business is fully protected.