When I first saw the shows on TV, I thought that buying and flipping houses was an easy way to make money. I don’t mean easy as in not much work, because I knew there would be a ton of repairs needing to be done. I meant easy in terms of low risk, and that I could easily recover the money I had sunk into the project. You have to spend money to buy the house, then more money to fix it up, so the final sale price needs to be substantial to offset the money invested into it. On my very first home purchase, I ran into some pretty big problems involving air conditioning, and it is making me rethink the whole venture. I can work with plumbing, and I can work with electrical grids, but one things I have no experience with his HVAC systems. Air conditioners and heaters are all surprisingly complicated, and I haven’t done much work on them in the past. I shopped around to several different HVAC dealerships, but the prices were all a little too high for me. I decided to post a job notice online, and offer a few hundred bucks to any freelance AC repair technician who could get this system up and running again. I got a response within a day, and it actually came from one of the AC techs in a dealership I had talked to. The guy did all the AC work for me and got paid under the table, so he got paid and I got the AC running for half of what I was quoted.