House Flipper is a property renovation simulation game from Frozen District that launched in 2018, and has seen multiple DLCs and a VR version since. The game revolves around getting your business as a handyperson for renovation work off of the ground in order to purchase, remodel, and sell your own houses.
The game provides you with jobs to do before you can afford to buy and sell your first house, which will bring you the skills and revenue needed to start on the property ladder. There's some hard work to do in this opening section, and a few ways to get around the game's setup to enhance your experience as a budding property owner.
Make it easy on yourself
If you've come to the sim looking to flip houses and find that jobs are in the way of that, do your part for yourself by making this part of the game easier.
Every job gives you the option to finish when you're 70 percent complete, and you can blaze through early jobs just by picking up junk and cleaning quickly to cover 70 percent of the requirement. There is no knock to a reputation meter of any kind, so finish the job once you've done enough, and you will still get paid most of the cost and there will be new jobs waiting in your inbox.
If you want you can come back to jobs you've already completed in the archive and finish them fully at any time.
You are able to select all the materials requested for the job in the tasks tab on your tablet, which takes you to their store page, meaning you don't have to search for them by specific titles.
Also, when completing a job you only have to achieve the specific goals given to progress. This means that you don't have to rearrange messy furniture, or repaint the flooring and walls to match the room if the job doesn't specify that. A job can be 100 percent complete while still leaving the house in a total mess.
Unlocking the Tools
To renovate a house fully you will need to unlock all the tools on the tool wheel. You do that by taking jobs where they come into use. The first jobs that each tool on the wheel comes in are:
|Cleaning Tool||Ex-boyfriend stole the radiator from my house|
|Painting Tool and Sell Objects Tool||Amaranth walls|
|Build Walls and Build Lintels Tools||Additional Walls|
|Demolishing Tool||Walls to knock down|
|Tiling and Paneling Tool||Necessary Extra Bathroom|
You will grow as a handyperson during your work, earning perks related to your specialist skills the more of each thing you do. Perks can be accessed on the tablet and the ones that will set you up for less frustration throughout are:
|Penetrating Vision||See dirt on the mini-map – Needed for when you can't find those pesky dirt spots that stop you from completing a task might be.|
|Basic Painting||You won't waste paint on an already painted wall. This is needed because of the way painting selection is based on your movement across the wall, so you won't be wasting paint on sections already covered.|
|Higher Payment||Up to 10%, 25%, or 50% extra payment for each job.|
|Price Negotiation||The option to negotiate the price. This perk is one to pick up for when you are starting to buy and sell property, and means you can enter that with the ability to drive up the price.|
Other Useful perks: Most of the perks add to your efficiency in different ways, making you faster and upgrading equipment, and can be unlocked by which of the elements of tasks you feel are holding you back.
Using Additional Options
Alongside the standard options available in many games, House Flipper's option menus have a couple handy things specific to its experience.
For instance, if you don't like the sight of writhing bugs, which appear in the game with cockroach infestations being one of the obstacles, you have the option to change cockroaches to broken glass.
You can also change the appearance of your hands as a player, between the white male and female options, Santa, and two different types of cyborgs.
Another menu-related thing is the fact you can have multiple games on the go at once if you look at the main menu carefully. Don't press 'New Game' (which resets your progress), instead select the profile icon with the name beside it on the main menu, you will be able to start a new profile there and can switch between them accordingly.
Blaming Your Tools
A couple of frustrating things might come up when using the game's tools.
You may accidentally knock out walls or fittings since one knock on an interior wall with a hammer will mean it needs rebuilding. To replace that wall you must fully demolish it first.
Also, if a room appears fully painted, but you can't find a spot you missed — assuming you have the Basic Painting perk — you can go over the painted regions in the room with the roller again looking for ones that haven't actually been filled, or perhaps have a little of a second color covering the first.
Additionally, the assembly of installable fixtures in a house can be set to easy mode via the options menu, so that the next part of the assembly you should interact with is highlighted, rather than needing you to search for it.
Remodeling Your First Home
So you're finally going to get your first place, and it's a real fixer-upper. The advice to buy low and sell high is a classic of financial strategizing, and the idea that House Flipper is built on.
Unlike the jobs you've taken, remodeling your own place requires you to put in the extra effort to get everything right, as well as that, while you remodel, buyers will comment on your choices, with their reactions moving them further up or down the potential buyer chart.
Things every buyer will want are cleanliness, so no junk, fresh-looking walls, and fitted fixtures like radiators, sinks, and toilets. Buyers will keep bringing it up until it's done. While doing this initial work remember to clean and remove weeds from the outside of the house too, as this doesn't come up in the early jobs.
Once you go to sell there will be an auction, and at the end of the auction, if you have the negotiation perk unlocked, you can push the offered price higher.
After this, the comments from all the potential buyers will be recorded in the notes on them on your tablet. Study these and you can get an impression of how to appeal to each buyer, which will guide you towards their homemaking desires and turn them into profit.
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