By Mike Baird
I don’t have to tell you about how much technology has changed our lives in the past few years. And I definitely don’t have to tell you what a huge impact mobile tech has had on how we do business today. When you have the internet in your pocket (or on your wrist), you have access to tons of information, shopping opportunities and anything else you want, all with a click or a swipe. So why aren’t you using mobile tech to improve your house-flipping business?
These are just a few of my favorite apps that I use every day when I’m working on bringing in deals and closing new flips. Individually, they’re convenient and cool. Together, they streamline my whole workflow and make everything just that much easier.
Foreclosed Homes is a free app available through the App Store, and it’s insanely useful when you’re looking for new flips to buy. Basically, this app lets you search for all of the foreclosed homes in your area, as well as short sales and auctions, too. So, if you’re killing time while a barista steams up your latté or you’re waiting on your kids to get out of school, you can whip out your phone and start looking through the latest leads near you.
If you’re out looking at a potential flip, trying to decide whether it’s a good deal or not, you’re probably going to want to check out the comps in the area, right? With the Zillow app, you can check on the asking prices of homes for sale near your flip, and you can even call sellers and set up appointments to go look at them while you’re in the area.
When you have to make a decision fast to put an offer on a house or walk away, you don’t want to feel like you’re bidding without doing your homework. At the same time, you don’t want to miss a great deal, and you don’t have the time to go home, look up comps and come back, either. This app can help you do your due diligence while you’re on the road.
Photo Measures Lite
When it’s time to buy materials for your rehabs, you don’t want to have to memorize all of the measurements for your cabinets, counters, fixtures, windows, etc., right? You also may not have the plans for the house on hand to take into the home improvement store to buy your countertops and other materials, either.
With Photo Measures Lite, you can just snap a picture on your phone and then put in all of your measurements. Then you can reference them whenever you need to — no guesswork or plans necessary. This app does cost $4.99, but I think it’s more than worth it.
Finally, if you need to make a snap decision about buying a flip house, Property Fixer is an amazing (and free) app. When you enter some information about the property in the app, it’ll come back with an estimate for your ARV (after-repair value) and a full flip analysis. You shouldn’t take everything it gives you as gospel, but it can give you a really good, basic idea of whether or not you should take the plunge on a flip deal. And it does it faster than most other flippers can come up with a competing offer.
These four apps make my life a lot easier just about every day of the week, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to grow their house-flipping business.