Then, not too long after this I started hearing about the people on TV that bought, renovated, and quickly resold houses in a 30 minute episode. Folks would learn a little about me and ask excitedly, "Oh, are you a house flipper?" However, I'm really not a flipper. To me that's always a quick turnaround kind of deal that takes a few weeks or months. That's not what I do. Taking on properties that no one else wants is my thing. These are houses that need seriously reworked. Realtors, other general contractors, investors, dreaming DIYers, or want-a-be house flippers pass on the properties I take on because their wrecks. Houses that are really bad have been really good for me.
In the last year and a half, others have started to compare what I do to Nicole Curtis' projects and what she does on Rehab Addict. For me, this fits better than the house flipper comparisons. My wife was the first to make this link. We'd have RA on, Nicole would start preaching her wisdom and my wife would say, "That's what you always say." Or it would show the freelance renovator salvaging something that had been thrown out and it was like my wife started to get me a little differently as she said, "That's something you'd do." Maybe it looks better on camera than the way I explain at home, covered in dust and dirt at the end of the day. I don't know, but I appreciate the way Nicole Curtis has helped people understand what we do.
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Rehab Addict (HGTV, DIY)
So when I get mentioned with Nicole in a blog like Mom and Her Drill or someone hears me describe what I do and says, "Hey, that sounds like what Nicole Curtis does," I like it. We're saving houses that others don't want or can't save, showing people it can be done. I'm proud of that. It feels good and a lot more natural than being called a house flipper, that's for sure.
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