‘fix It or Flip It’ workshop focuses on home improvement


PIQUA — Anyone familiar with the popular HGTV series “Property Brothers” or “Fixer Uppers” knows there’s lots of potential and satisfaction in either improving your own residence or purchasing a property for the purpose of rehabbing and selling it to make a profit.

How to get started remains a conundrum for many individuals who would like to spruce up their home or tackle a new project while enhancing curb appeal. Positively Promoting Piqua (PPP), and the Awesome Foundation are co-sponsoring a public “Fix It or Flip It” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Upper Valley Career Center to acquaint homebuyers with the “how to’s” of rehabbing.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UVCC Commons area and will be open to the community at $10 per person which includes coffee and donuts, a boxed lunch and unlimited access to numerous local vendors whose expertise is in home improvement.

The first 100 registrants, according to Event Chair Cindy Pearson, will receive a bus ride to tour two available properties ready to be “flipped.” Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the event.

The featured speaker will be property renovation expert Skip Murray, sales manager of Shaffer Metal Fab. Murray has successfully “fixed and flipped” 29 properties throughout the area and will share his wealth of information including tools, coding compliance and financial advice. Participants will also take a bus ride to evaluate two properties for hands-on advice about prospective flipping or fixing.

According to Pearson, a member of the PPP steering committee, “This is a rare opportunity to learn how people, just like you, are making money and having success improving properties within their community.”

Also joining Murray on stage during the morning will be Aaron Morrison, code compliance coordinator for the city of Piqua, and Joe Shaffer, loan originator, Mutual Federal Savings Bank.

Morrison formerly worked in Miami County for over 15 years and was previously employed by the Miami County Engineer’s Office and part-time with Lowe’s home improvement. He will share information on the code compliance and permitting process, the top five violation types, and share before and after examples of property maintenance/code violations in the city of Piqua.

“For many, the purchase of a home may be your greatest financial asset,” said Shaffer. “Whether this is your first or fourth home or an investment, it should be a smooth transaction.”

Shaffer was tasked with residential lending in January 2018 and is available to originate purchase and refinance transactions with fixed or adjustable rate loans. He will also explain first-timer buyer loans, home equity lines of credit and fixed rate second mortgages.

To register for the Feb. 9 workshop, individuals should visit the site https://bit.ly/2C5zJtp.

In addition to Pearson, other members of the planning committee include PPP steering committee members Dan French, Margaret French, Chris George, Mike Gutmann, Doug Haines, George Atkinson, Kazy Hinds, Sharon Semanie, Amanda Brown, Jeremy Hittle and PPP Coordinator Ginny Wood.