In 2011, Terry was looking for a renovation project. He was still trying to get his engineering consulting business going, but he was considering getting involved with flipping houses as either a side business or a full career. He had the opportunity to buy an old home near downtown Knoxville, and it seemed like a good project to start on. We've always wanted to give our kids practical work experience, so as soon as he closed on the property, he packed the kids up for a long weekend down in Knoxville where they worked on demolition, cleaning, and repeated trips to the dump. At the time our kids had no idea (and this is probably a good thing) that they would be moving to Knoxville in a year and actually living in this house for a short time.
In this blog I hope to chronicle some of our adventures with house flipping. This is where you can see the BEFORE photos that really make you appreciate the AFTER a lot more.
We have renovated over ten properties since 2011. It has been a real adventure and has afforded many more opportunities to trust God with our day-to-day decisions and finances than we ever had when Terry was working as a corporate engineer.
There are tons of house-flipping shows on television right now. They paint a somewhat unrealistic view of this business. It is harder to find good properties to flip than those shows would make you think (especially since we don't live in California). And it's harder to get things completed in just one month without a fairly large crew. But it is true that it can be very satisfying work - taking something ugly and making it beautiful.