What has been your most difficult project so far?
A flip that should have been demolished. It was a teardown and I thought, “I’m going to do this,” and I broke even. I didn’t make any money out of it, but I didn’t go into it in the negative, and that was by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. Took too much and knew it was a takedown when I walked in. When I started literally tearing down the walls, I looked at the floors, I thought, “Wow, this house must be burned down.” It was a big mistake.
Which project are you most proud of and why?
In life, I am so proud of so many people. Every house I flipped, I’m so proud. The ones that were a bit tougher, like the one I just mentioned – I didn’t tear it down, I finished it, and cried like a baby when we finished and when it sold out. Sometimes turning around becomes a part of and a reflection of your life, of the things and stages you are going through. I had difficult times in life. I got this heavy flip and it cost me dearly, and I could have really, really gone broke behind that flip. I’m so glad I was able to break even, but I was very proud of this turnaround. Pretty much every flip that has my name on it, I’m proud of.
Wow, that’s a great feeling.
He is. It’s an honor to be in a company where you can live your life’s dream and be able to say “Wow”. You can drive down this street 10 or 15 years from now and say, “I remodeled this house and it still looks great.
You sort of answered that question, but what advice would you give first-hand swimmers or people thinking about it?
Do your research. Know the markets you want to be in, find a great mentor, real estate agent, contractor, all the “-or’s”, make them part of your team and don’t do it alone. People think they’re an island [and say], “I can do it myself.” You do not have to. Build a strong team because they will help you when times get tough, and I can assure you that in the turnaround process and business, times will get tough.
“Fix My Flip” airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV and will be available to stream on Discovery+.