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Old 09-06-2013, 11:21 AM   #16
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Already done. Thanks for the advice though.

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:06 AM   #17
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Already done. Thanks for the advice though.
what is done ? the kitchen ? how about some pics ?
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Moving forward. As you can see, the door was moved and the new cabinets are built and almost ready to be hung. Soffit has been removed and cabinets will be Restoration Hardware's Mediterranean White. I installed can lights, there have been a couple more added since this picture was taken, and we are currently looking for an affordable hard surface for countertops. Porcelain tile is next.

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Finally finished up the kitchen. Here is a complete before/after photo. Decided on granite for the countertops. Thanks for the advice along the way!

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Finally finished up the kitchen. Here is a complete before/after photo. Decided on granite for the countertops. Thanks for the advice along the way!

that's a nice reno.. Keep it up Im planning on buying my first rental house just a noobie though at rental house and flips ..
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How much did the redo increase the projected rent?

Been a landlord for 30 years and if the payback isn't 3-4 years you are throwing away money. Flipping is an entirely different matter.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:50 PM   #22
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I don't have an itemized list of rental improvement value, but after renovating the entire home, it is now projected to rent at $600 more a month than it did as-is. We saved money in most all areas, but we splurged on the granite, mainly for the sake of having a hard surface that would not wear over time, as opposed to a laminate that is susceptible to burns, etc.

At any rate, we renovated the home with an end of selling it in mind, but will likely rent for a while. We did this so that we wouldn't have to go back over in 5 years (or however long we decide to rent) and renovate once again to sell. We have several rental prospects, but have already had a couple of offers as well. Still deciding what we want to do.
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There are two systems I'm evaluating for cheaper granite countertops. One is Lazy Granite (www.lazygranite.com) and the other is Benissimmo Systems (www.benissimosystems.com)
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Good luck on your rent / tenant situation. You'll be lucky in five years, if you don't have to redo a lot of the stuff that you just finished.

BTW...nice looking kitchen.

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I don't have an itemized list of rental improvement value, but after renovating the entire home, it is now projected to rent at $600 more a month than it did as-is. We saved money in most all areas, but we splurged on the granite, mainly for the sake of having a hard surface that would not wear over time, as opposed to a laminate that is susceptible to burns, etc.
In high school I worked for a land lord, as an adult I owned some rental property. I am sure you have made a wise investment and your tenants will appreciate the granite. Around the holidays they will enjoy cracking walnuts on it with a ball peen hammer. Will cat urine stain it?

Get a BIG security deposit!

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