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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.

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Tips For Saving Money On Central Air Conditioning Installation

If you have decided that it is finally time to have central air conditioning installed, you might wonder how you will afford it. To help you figure this out, you might want to review the following tips for saving cash. This way, you will not be forced to feel as though you have to wait any longer for the air conditioning that you have wanted for so long.

Shop Separately For Unit And Installation 

It does not always have to come as a package deal. You might find yourself saving a little bit of money by shopping separately for the central air unit itself and for someone to install it for you. This does not mean that you have to ignore the larger companies that offer units and installation packages. The point is to make sure that you are not risking the chance of finding a lower price for the central air unit itself. Just make sure that whoever you hire for the installation of it is certified to do so. Otherwise, you might not end up with the nice cold air all throughout your house as you would have wanted.

Check And Repair Old Duct Work First

If your duct work is not in the best of shape, it might not be able to properly carry the cold air throughout the home, making your efforts worthless. You could wait for the professional HVAC specialist to find a problem and charge you for the repairs. Or you could hire a separate, possibly cheaper, contractor to inspect the condition of your duct work first. This way, if there is an issue that needs to be addressed, that can be done before the central air technician arrives.

Pour Your Own Concrete Pad

The central air unit that sits outside requires a concrete pad to sit on. This allows the unit to remain off of the ground so that it is protected from excessive moisture, allows for proper ventilation, and so that it stays perfectly level. Your HVAC technician can and will pour this concrete pad for you, but it will be an additional cost. Therefore, you might want to save money by pouring the concrete on your own. Just make sure that you are confirming the exact measurements that you need to use before you get started. This way, you are not making it too small for the unit that you are purchasing.

As you can see, there are a few good ways to make sure that you are saving a little bit of money when you set out to put a new central air conditioning unit in the home. Talk to places like Universal Refrigeration for more information.