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House Flipping Scope of Work: The Cat Poop House

Welcome back everyone! Melissa here with another story from our real estate investing business. This one won’t focus so much on the before and after (even though we’ll still show those pictures). Instead, we’re going to look at the scope of work with this house, and the insane shape it was in when we first got it. So, without any hesitation, let’s take a look at this house flipping scope of work that I’ve dubbed “The Cat Poop House”!

What a Mess! House Flipping Scope of Work

This house looks so normal on the outside. It’s on a really nice corner lot and nice landscaping. There wasn’t much we had to do to renovate the outside of the house.

The second you step up to the front door, though, you get hit with the smell. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about where that smell is coming from further down. I mean, it’s probably obvious from the title of this blog post, but just wait until we get to it. It’s insane!

So Much Stuff Was Left Behind…

Seriously, when I first walked into this property it looked like people still lived here. I had to call my acquisitions guy to make sure the old owners had actually moved out. I’m not talking about one or two boxes left behind. This whole house was, more or less, completely furnished.

The master bedroom had the entire bed set, dresser, wardrobe, nightstands, mattress, and a full closet of clothes. Seriously, there was an insane amount of shoe boxes with mostly new tennis shoes. Like, boxes up to the ceiling.

house flipping scope of work master bedroom

One of the bedrooms was converted into a home office that was still filled to the brim with office supplies. Not home office supplies, full office supplies. There was bulk supplies of printer paper, folders, tape, staplers, computers from the 90’s, and a lot more. It was sort of intense.

While the rooms had a lot of stuff in them, nothing compared to the living room and the parlor. The previous owners had converted the living room into a full entertainment ice-house style bar complete with a full pool table and florescent decorative lights. There was a corner bar built in by the kitchen’s breakfast bar that was full of bartending equipment and custom shot glasses and beer mugs. These things looked nice, and kind of expensive. I was shocked to see that so much was left behind!

house flipping scope of work living room

In fact, when my content producer and I went to this property, we spent almost an hour picking through all of the things that were left behind to salvage some great stuff before it got thrown into the dump. The first thing that comes with this type of house flipping scope of work is clearing everything out. Once all of the stuff that got left behind was removed from the house, we were able to start the rehab!

house flipping scope of work parlor

The Floors

This house originally had tile and carpet floors, but the old owners were sort of half way through a renovation. The entrance hall had tile with wood vinyl over it, the parlor room had a different type of tile, the living room had half pulled up tile, half concrete, and a different type of wood vinyl half way rolled out, the kitchen had a completely different type of white tile, and all of the bedrooms had ripped up carpet.

It was a nightmare. We always replace the floors in our rehabs, but since this one was such a hodgepodge already, replacing the floors was the first thing to do.

After cleaning the place up and removing the old floors, we put in that nice wood vinyl that we use in a lot of our houses. We made sure to give the entire house one cohesive feel instead of the floors looking like a mad house the way it had been. The carpet wasn’t just messy, it was filthy. Needless to say, we replaced that in the bed rooms.

The Walls

Just like the floors, the walls had a lot of weird things going on. There wasn’t a theme at all throughout the house, which added another thing to really fix when it came to this house flipping scope of work.

The kitchen was a super dark gray that didn’t work with the white tile countertops at all. The worst part about it was that the paint didn’t carry into the living room, so there was a hard cut off from the kitchen walls to the “bar” walls.

house flipping scope of work office

The entrance room and bedrooms were just as bad. There were paint marks on the entrance wall, as if the previous owners were half way through repainting. The bedrooms had crazy running wallpaper with mismatched accent wall colors. It was bizzar looking at this house flipping scope of work.

The Worst Smell of Any House Flipping Scope of Work

Ok, this is where the house gets its name. The Cat Poop House wreaked of ammonia 3 steps away from the front door. Right when you walk into the house – BAM – the horrible combination of mildew, uncleaned toilets, animal fur, and cat poop smacks you right in the face.

Like most of our houses, this smell isn’t something brand new. We’ve had smelly houses before. This one was just unreal. As I walked through the house looking for where the source of the smell came from (yes, I thought there was a dead animal, that’s how bad it was) I found it.

house flipping scope of work master bath

Right there, in the master bathroom, was the most cat poop I’ve ever seen in one place! These poor kitties must have been left completely alone while the previous owners were looking for another house. There was only one litter box (that was too small for these kitties) that was over flowing. Because the cats ran out of room there, they decided to…go potty…all over the vanity and in the master bath’s sinks. THEN, when they ran out of room on the sink, they started going potty all over the floor of the bathroom, the floor of the master bedroom, and all over the master bed. It was disgusting!

My poor contractor had the tenuous job of not only removing all of the left over stuff in the house, but of cleaning out all of the kitty mess AND getting rid of the smell. When we first posted the video of this house flipping scope of work on our YouTube channel, we got asked what we use to get the smell out. It happens in a few parts:

  1. You need to make sure to tear up all of the old floor and padding. Really go all the way down to the concrete. That’s where the smell has seeped into.
  2. Get a very strong cleaner – something that will get out all of the ammonia from the concrete. (You might have to do this step more than once).
  3. Replace everything AFTER the concrete and walls have been thoroughly cleaned.

It took a while, but eventually this house made a complete turn around.

Liked this article? Check out the video we made of this house flipping scope of work on our YouTube channel!

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-Melissa Johnson

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How to Turn Fear Into Fuel

fear into fuel

How is fear holding you back?

When I ask this question at my seminars or in my consulting work, common answers I get are “lack of funding”, “I don’t have the education”, “my background”, or even “I’m not sure of the next step to take.” What I’ve discovered, however, is that while all of these may be factors that can impact success, they are not the deciding or underlying factor.

Do you know what is shackling people and depriving them of the success they desire and deserve?

It is fear.

You may say to yourself, “Not me, I am fearless” but the reality is fear is innate in human beings. It is there for our protection. There are, after all, some things we should be fearful of. Playing golf in lighting for example or literally swimming with the sharks.

But what about success? We should be embracing success, enjoying toppling goals and accomplishing newer, better, and greater things. Yet fear is a dangerous obstacle, in part, because we may fail to admit its existence.

How to Recognize Fear

Fear needs to be recognized and managed properly or it becomes an anchor. We can become indecisive, have self-doubt, fear rejection, and simply fail to act. Fear may have us sitting on a great concept or idea or it may restrict us from using our true talents.

But what if there was a way to turn fear into fuel?

First, you must realize the role negative thinking plays in feeding your fears. The thoughts may already be there, suggesting “You can’t.”, “You shouldn’t”, and “Yeah, but what if?”

Before you know it, negative thoughts have piled upon one another and have become a seemingly insurmountable mountain to climb. I’m not saying you should ignore reality but most often these negative thoughts are just a boogie man under the bed. When you look closer, there’s nothing there.

Eliminate Your Negative Thoughts

I believe it is much more productive to be proactive in managing these negative thoughts. Instead of allowing negative thoughts to affect you emotionally to the point of indecision or inaction, put your logical brain to work in your favor. Rather than listening to “You can’t”, ask yourself “How can I?”.

Ask yourself “What’s the best way to…” as opposed to “You shouldn’t.”

Change “What if it doesn’t work?” to “Imagine how terrific it will be.”

It can help to be even more specific about this. “What are the eight best ways to raise funding for my project?” or “Who are the five people I know best qualified to help me with this?”. Force your brain into helping you by stretching its thoughts, imagination, and focus. “What are 35 ways my life will be better when I do this?” When you put your brain to work on a positive task, there is little room for negative thinking.

This is turning fear into fuel.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Many of us strive to be comfortable. Letting go of that comfort zone can create real fear. You may worry that by stepping out and doing something you always wanted to do or reaching for more may put your comfort in jeopardy. You may risk your steady income or lifestyle or (gasp) you may not be able to get that 65” flat screen TV with surround sound. If you allow your comfort zone to become a prison, you must recognize it is working against you, not for you.

So how do you get out of it?

Think about the times when you took a chance and were successful. Remember how victory felt and how rewarding it was to achieve a goal. Odds are, it was a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone. Please remember that taking risks and being bold doesn’t necessarily equate to being reckless. I would never suggest being reckless. But I do know that life is often best lived out of your comfort zone. Turning fear into excitement and anticipation is another way to use it as fuel towards your success.

Face Your Fears Head On

One of the best ways to use fear as a fuel is to face it head-on. It’s not embarrassing to fear change or to enjoy your comfort zone.

But, if you don’t recognize its presence, fear can hold you back without you even knowing it. Turn those fears into empowering positive questions your logical brain can work upon. Practice on reaching out from your comfort zone and recognize and face your fears. It very well could fuel you to the next level.

Sometimes, learning how to stay motivated will help you face your fears head on and achieve success. Learn more below.

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