I am not 100% sure if this is in the correct forum category, but I am going to just post it. I bought a small house a little over a year ago now and I have been doing some updates as I go. I have a question about my kitchen though. I am still on the fence whether or not I will be selling this after Ive been here for another year or if I want to just turn it in to a rental property and buy another place for myself. Thinking more towards the rental option though. With that said, I am hoping someone with some experience on this can take a look at the current kitchen I have and give me some ideas. This is clearly outdated, but I am torn what is really needed if I do choose to just keep it as a rental and obviously if I wanted to sell it the best options would involve a full update of the tile and cabinets.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice given. It is very much appreciated!
Look int RTA cabinets. You could deff do a remodel not spending a ton of cash and doing it yourself. Plus you'll deff learn a thing or two!
If your keeping it as a rental and the market in that area isn't high end you might be able to get away with leaving it, if you update it it will give it the wow factor for a sale and might even help getting a tenant faster, I get my cabinets either RTA or assembled from https://www.rtawoodcabinets.com, very quick turnaround, good quality and pricing is very good,
As a rental I would do nothing. It is more than adequate for tenants. If a Reno is not going to increase the potential monthly rent then you do the minimum upgrades while maintaining the existing property to a high standard.
If you intend to sell a upgrade would possibly make it easier to sell but you will likely not recoup 100% of your investment unless you do the work yourself. Sweat equity is the key if you are intending to sell.
I'm 100% with @Jason D. ... it looks outdated and dingy now (no offense), and the kitchen is the heart of the home and is what people look at first! Get a pretty back splash, upgrade the countertop/sink/faucet .... and I'd also change the paint color to a soft grey... it shouldn't cost you more than $1K, and will look gorgeous in pictures! While you might not increase your rental price, you will decrease vacancy and get it rented much quicker!! I see no reason to change the cabinets, they look fine IMO!
Oh! I know what I would do! Buy invisbile hinges for face frame cabinets from dlawless hardware ($1.59 each); You'll probably have to glue/screw little blocks for extra support; (total $25)
New cabinet pulls inome depot or lowes ($30).
Rustoleum cabinet transformations (small kit) $35
a new laminate stock counter top is $50-$100 self installed. For one that small you could probably do a custom installed for $400 ($20 per sq foot); or you could do Daich Spreadstone for $115 for the kit; or that counter doesn't look bad in the pic you could just decorate around it. We had some with BRIGHT YELLOW counters aaaarrrrrggg my eyes.
I'd get a new 60/40 deep sink off amazon $125; a new pull out facet $60
Use musclebound adhesive (Lowes) over existing tile ($25). Install a new backsplash (small stone or glass on mesh)- ($60 - $130) tile $25 pre mix no seal grout. (Other tile supplies: Grout sponges, tile nipppers, grout float $30);
If needed a new diswasher ($300) you can get a low end for that but they are LOUD; look for custom order return less than 45 decibles.
I think backsplash, hinges, & pulls will modernize and make biggest difference.
thanks everyone for your responses! It's definitely outdated I agree and I think at the very least I'm thinking new backsplash, sink/faucet, countertop, and a dishwasher that is relatively quiet (The black thing is a dishwasher by the way).
Any work done on this house is all my own labor for sure as I enjoy projects and am in construction myself (hardwood flooring).
I have been torn between what to do as doing some live in flips sound fun to me while I continue to work, but the idea of cashflow each month sounds good too. Just learning here so hopefully that makes sense why I am so unsure what to do not only in the kitchen but in every area.
I would wait to remodel until you decide if you will sell it, make it a rental, or live there. When we remodeled our rental kitchen we selected cabinets at a discount cabinet store which were nice but not what I would of selected for my own personal taste if I was to live there.
Depending on your competition in your market it may not be financially worth it to upgrade your kitchen if the rent will not significantly increase. Perhaps you can check out what other rentals in your area are offering online by seeing the pictures and rent amounts? If you are considering selling have a realtor come out and give you an assessment.
I can see the reasoning behind that for sure. The area I live in is not a high dollar area. I bought this house as a foreclosure for 110k 1.5 years ago and I've been slowly updating things the way I think I'd like them if I were living in it long term as well as if I were to sell it. I'm not going high end on any repairs as I am doing all the work myself so a lot of it is learning and just doing basic looks.
A house across the street was flipped 6-8 months ago and I saw it sold for roughly 160K so there is some room to make a little on the flip, but I do like the idea of building a rental empire too. This is a 704 sq ft home with 2 bed/1bath and single level. Just a crawl space so not too much I had to do inside.
This is off topic a bit, but what is everyone's opinion/experience with what siding is best/economical? really no way around not doing that as it has missing panels and some on there now are the wrong color.
Again, I appreciate everyone's input!
Vinyl will be the cheapest option and you won't need to paint it but you will need to replace it when the next big hail storm comes through.
I think the cabinets look fine but I would get new backsplash and for the countertop look online about painting countertops. If you do it right, it looks great and lasts.
Another vote for painting walls and doing something with the backsplash. I have tiled over tiles before. And bar pulls.
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