From cooking shows to DIY projects, there is no doubt that everything looks simple and effortless when it’s done on TV. The concept of house flipping is no different. It is a hot trend online and on-screen. The problem is that many of these shows catering to the entrepreneurial, crafty demographic want to portray the idea of home remodeling as a fruitful venture that costs very little. The reality, however, can be much darker.

Most of what we see on television is edited. In cases of refurbishment, it’s done to hide the reality of impossible timeframes, massive budgets, and many unglamorous repairs that go into house flipping. Even with all the expertise of a collaborative, professional team, there are still unforeseen issues that are never shown to the viewing audience. Because of this, a novice who is interested in testing the waters of house flipping might want to be fully prepared for the fact that anything can go wrong, including being left with massive debt and an unsold house at the end of the journey.

The other reason why house flipping isn’t the best choice for the foreseeable future is the fact that we are heading into a recession if we’re not already. States are gradually reopening in phases, but the real estate industry is not considered to be an essential business. Any risky ventures are not advised, including any type of investments that rely on third parties, such as sub-contractors or appliance suppliers. This means there is a good chance that things in the industry won’t be going back to normal until states are fully in the green phase. 

Just like with any financial endeavor, experts advise newcomers to start slowly. If you are determined to learn the art of house flipping, it is strongly advised to do as much research as possible. Once you have your sights set on a location, it’s important to get a full inspection report on the foundation of the place you are interested in. The first decision to be made is whether it’s even worth the time, energy, and money you will need to tackle a project. An independent inspector with no connection to the selling agent is the smartest choice. Once you can make an educated guess on the break-even point, you should feel confident enough to proceed.