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The true cost of flipping cannot be calculated using a simple equation but is instead the result of countless variables that change from deal to deal.

How much does it cost to flipping a house in Phoenix Arizona? The answer ultimately depends on the investor’s intentions and how he or she will address any unforeseen circumstances.

The cost of flipping a house loans in Phoenix Arizona is almost certainly worth it if the profit margins suggest as much.

The cost of flipping is more closely related to a moving variable than a fixed expense. If for nothing else, it is impossible to formulate a universal equation to pinpoint the exact cost a flip will incur. It is worth noting, however, that while the individual costs may be difficult to account for, there are broader expenses that can make the task of estimating a rehab deal much more manageable.

The Average Cost To Flip A House in Arizona


As I already alluded to, there is no ubiquitous formula to account for every expense your next flip will incur. There are simply too many variables and personal preferences to account for––each of which may be as unpredictable as the last. To that end, no two properties are alike, and the cost of flipping will vary significantly from market to market, let alone property to property.

Simply put, the cost of flipping is contingent on too many unpredictable expenses for investors to remain confident in a universal answer. That said, there are broader expenses that investors may not be able to pinpoint exactly, but it certainly helps to budget for them. Even if you do not know exactly how much they will be, those costs include, but are not limited to:

Much to the chagrin of active first-time buyers, the cost of purchasing a home isn’t relegated to its initial price point. Sure, the cost of acquisition is the largest cost to flip a house, but it is by no means the only cost investors will incur when purchasing the home. There are actually several costs investors must take into consideration when buying a home. The purchasing cost is, therefore, the culmination of several expenses––the most prominent of which is the purchase price. As any investor will tell you, however, there are more costs you should be on the lookout for:

  • Paying Off Any Liens
  • Title Search Fees
  • Property Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Commissions
  • Rehab & Repair Costs

The cost of flipping increases dramatically when you include individual rehab and repair costs. That said, rehab and repair costs are often the hardest to account for. A typical rehab could have anywhere from a few rehab and repair costs to countless expenses. The best any investor could really hope to do is account for as many as they can. To give yourself an idea of what to expect, here are some of the most common rehab and repair expenses over the course of a flip.

Common Interior Construction Costs

Paint: There is really no reason not to include interior paint in your rehab budget, as a single coat can transform an entire home for the better.

Hardwood: Few changes help a rehab more than the floors, so consider adding hardwood floors to your own budget. That way you will be sure to “wow” potential buyers.

Kitchen: Includes cabinets, countertops, backsplash, plumbing, electrical, sink, garbage disposal, faucet, and additional amenities.

Appliances: Includes refrigerator, range, range hood, dishwasher, and microwave.

Bathroom: Include vanity, countertop, mirror, sink, faucet, tub, surround, shower, faucet kit, towel bar, fan, lighting, basic plumbing and electrical.

Framing: Be sure to account for additional framing that may be necessary, or any walls that may need to be torn down. Every change you make to the framing will break into your budget.

Insulation: Normally an afterthought, it is never a bad idea to properly insulate your new deal. That way it will be more efficient, and perhaps attract more buyers.

Walls: Be sure to account for damaged walls and ceilings.

Doors And Trim: Not unlike the paint job, doors are relatively inexpensive and can transform an entire property in a matter of hours.

Common Exterior Construction Costs

Roof: While not always necessary, it could be well worth your money to replace the roof. At the very least, a new roof will increase curb appeal, and perhaps even your bottom line.

Siding: In the event the home you are flipping has siding, you may need to make some fixes, or perhaps even replace it altogether.

Masonry: It is common for stone and brickwork to require a bit of TLC, so be sure to factor even small fixes into your budget.

Painting: Every rehab, in my opinion, can benefit from a fresh coat of exterior paint.

Windows: Replace windows if need be; they will make a huge difference in the final product.

Landscaping: Landscaping can dramatically increase a home’s curb appeal, which can never be underestimated.

Concrete And Asphalt: A good rehab budget will account for any cracks in the local concrete or asphalt.


Amenities: Do not forget to check fences, pergolas, and decks for any work they may need.

Common Mechanical Construction Costs

HVAC Unit: Whether you need to add a new HVAC unit or repair an existing one, this is an important cost to account for.

Light Fixtures: Simple as they may seem, new light fixtures can change the feel of an entire house, so they are worth budgeting for.

Electricals: Many old houses may need a new electrical panel installed or require you to update the electricals throughout the house, altogether.

Water Heater: Every home needs a functioning water heater, so make sure the house you are flipping is ready to go.

Holding Costs Hard Money Loans for Auction Property Phoenix Arizona

As their name suggests, holding costs identify the expense one will incur from maintaining control of a property. More specifically, investors will run into expense the moment they buy a house. To that end, holding costs are the expenses that will occur by simply keeping the property up and running. Holding costs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Loan Repayment Fees
  • Insurance
  • Utilities
  • HOA Fees
  • Property Taxes

While holding costs will not necessarily break, they bank, a proper budget will account for each expense. The more accurately you can pinpoint the cost of flipping a house, the better.

Selling Costs

No house flipping cost spreadsheet, or budget for that matter, is complete without the costs one can expect to incur from selling the home. That said, do not forget to account for selling costs when it comes time to calculate the cost to flip a house. Selling costs can amount to a large sum, and are the culmination of several expenses:

  • Attorney Fees
  • Real Estate Commissions
  • Property Taxes
  • Miscellaneous Fees
  • Marketing
  • Escrow

All things considered, selling costs can amount to several thousands of dollars and need to be factored into the average cost to flip a house.

Cost Of Flipping Summary

The cost of flipping cannot be broken down by a simple formula, nor is there a universal equation that will solve all your expense problems. There are simply too many variables to account for and unforeseen circumstances that may arise, but I digress. A genuinely great investor knows the idea is not to pinpoint the exact cost of flipping, but rather to ballpark it. And since it is nearly impossible to pinpoint the exact cost of a flip, the next best thing will do: an estimate.

Are there any unexpected expenses you have run into over the course of a rehab? Please feel free to let us know what we left out in the comments below.

We look forward to helping you make a lot of money in real estate investing.

Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC
Tel: 623-582-4444

Private Hard Money Lender

Who is this Dude? Dennis brings with him substantial experience in residential real estate. Dennis has extensive experience purchasing, renting, and selling numerous homes over the past 45 years. His first purchase was a property in California when he was 18 years old.   Dennis graduated from California State University Pomona with majors in Computer Science and Business Management. He is a Licensed Mortgage Broker, Licensed Mortgage Originator, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Licensed Insurance Agent Certified Sort Sales Specialist (CSS), Certified Negotiator (CNE), and FAA Licensed Private Pilot. 

Comments (4)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Great information Dennis.  bill 

Jul 30, 2021 03:45 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Dennis,  Thank you for sharing this valuable information.  Anyone interested in flipping houses, should check this out. 

Jul 30, 2021 08:39 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jul 31, 2021 05:26 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Yet another great blog for RE Investors, Thanks Dennis!

The cost of flipping is more closely related to a moving variable than a fixed expense. If for nothing else, it is impossible to formulate a universal equation to pinpoint the exact cost a flip will incur. It is worth noting, however, that while the individual costs may be difficult to account for, there are broader expenses that can make the task of estimating a rehab deal much more manageable.

Aug 25, 2022 03:30 PM