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Flipping Garner: A Throwback from the 50’s

1309 Southerlund Road from 2016

Google Map View From 2016

It was your typical 1950’s, ranch-style home in Garner, North Carolina. The original family owned the home since it was built, but unfortunately had gone through several transitions, causing the house and property to be neglected.

When the family reached out to us to purchase the home, we were excited to help them out! And of course, our favorite part… seeing the potential and get started!

The Before Pics

Who doesn’t love a Cinderella story?! Although you can’t smell the before, I think you can imagine it from the looks of these rooms in the pictures. And check out the front yard – you couldn’t even see the house! Keep scrolling to see the transformation!

There was wood paneling throughout the majority of the living areas and kitchen; and the original carport had been converted into a den and master suite, but had a very small master bath and closet and the laundry & water heater were all in the kitchen.

With the exception of the addition, all of the electrical was original (no ground wiring) and had to be replaced and some of the plumbing needed tweaking, but luckily, the previous owners had replaced all of the HVAC just 2 years prior, so we had some savings there.

The Plan

When we first tour a home, the creative juices started flowing, new ideas start forming, and then the numbers have to start crunching… then after about a week, an agreement is made and we acquire the property.

We’ve been in the construction business over 25 years, and know what to look for from the roof to the structure; But If you’re not an experienced contractor, we encourage you to do a very thorough inspection before the offer to purchase; and more importantly, to complete your due diligence and order professional inspections (multiples if needed).

NOTE: Depending on the situation and time pending and the opportunities involved, this may not always be possible, and you take the risk and finding these issues later on that might not have been budgeted for.

Every property starts with a full scope of work – we go room-by-room and make a list of things we need to do, materials needed, time it would take and start outlining the plan.

Then we can start the demolition process and inspect the home further (keeping our fingers crossed the whole time).

Demolition & Framing

BONUS: we donated all the kitchen cabinets and real wood paneling to a local farm!

Safety first!

Here are a few videos (click to view) ) of some fun demo projects at this flip, but Full disclosure: Please don’t be like us and use safety gear when trying it yourself!

*No one was hurt during the demo process.

We called this “the bomb shelter” bathroom – there were hundreds of pounds of rebar and steel and tile sitting on that floor and it took us an entire weekend to demo that tiny space! CLICK FOR VIDEO

The kitchen had FIVE layers of flooring! FIVE Y’all! (and the den had three!) CLICK FOR VIDEO

The After Results

Overall this project went very smooth! We had a few typical issues (to be expected) and a few contractors (not mentioned below) that slowed us down, but we adjusted and kept pushing forward.

8 months later, here’s the finished product!

After – Exterior – Removed most of the overgrown shrubs and gained a new sidewalk!

Click on the photos to browse the after gallery

Mentions & Thanks

I think this is a great time to mention the subcontractors that spent a lot of time here!

  1. Electrical & General Labor – Alpha Contracting & Real Estate Services

  2. Plumbing – GWE Plumbing

  3. Hardwood Flooring Repair & Stain – Santizo Hardwood Flooring

  4. Vinyl Flooring & Installation – Elite Flooring

Are you trying to sell a distressed property? We can help! We have a list of investors ready to make a cash offer on your home, guaranteed!

Looking for a smaller renovation? We offer services for that too! Completely update your kitchen or bathroom, and add custom cabinetry to complement your storage needs! We’ve got the expertise to transform your room.

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