By Mike Baird
There are a million new trends every week, it seems, for kitchens. First it’s the hottest new backsplash, then it’s the appliance collection that’s trending and maybe you’ll catch the latest paint color that’s sweeping kitchens nationwide.
We like to focus on both the logistics of flipping houses rather than the minutia of design, but the two intersect, and the kitchen is certainly a hotspot for maximizing your renovations and getting the most out of your upgrades. If you’re wondering how to effectively design the kitchen in your investment property, we have identified the top three elements that can make or break a sale.
Flashy Countertops Make an Impression
You may think that springing for granite is excessive, but it might actually be a wise investment when it comes to flipping houses. It’s a sought—after feature, so people are willing to pay a premium for homes that feature it. Investing in granite will also make the home look timeless. While other design features might be out of trend soon, granite offers a fantastic return because buyers know it is a classic feature. The difference between Formica counters and granite ones might be the difference between selling and not selling the property for many buyers.
Name Brand Amenities and Appliances
You’re likely to garner a lot of interest from buyers and renters with a kitchen full of new, name brand appliances. This is one of the best design choices and investments you can make in a kitchen when you’re flipping houses. Many people have been dissuaded by the presence of old and off-brand ovens, so don’t make the mistake of underestimating the impact a new appliance can have on the value of your property. It’s one of the best places you can put your money when you’re investing in the design of your kitchen.
Cabinets Are the Finishing Touch
You might think a quick resurfacing or coat of paint is a good way to update the cabinets in your kitchen, but replacing them may actually provide a better return on investment. People interested in an investment property may notice cabinets and see them as the finishing touch on an updated kitchen. A selection of finished cabinets can, indeed, be a defining feature that really sells your kitchen and your home. Instead of overlooking this part of your kitchen, invest in it and choose cabinets that emphasize the design of your property.
Flipping houses can be a fun way to invest, stretch your design skills and make the most of a great real estate market. Everybody knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s only natural that it would be at the center of your rehab efforts. With a granite countertop, fantastic amenities and classy cabinets, you can seal the deal with any potential buyer or renter and show them exactly why the property is worth it.
We always try to make the most of kitchens. You can leverage your kitchen to be a selling point with these three upgrades, too, and you can get the most out of flipping houses.