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“House flipping” has become kind of a trendy part of modern television programming but its popularity is rooted not just in a massive interest in money making but also in the creative problem solving that house flippers encounter when trying to quickly turn over a property to sell it.

For example, house flippers will often recommend a kitchen upgrade because this is one of the biggest selling points of any home. At the same time, the average full kitchen renovation can cost upwards of $30,000, but that investment is almost surely guaranteed a return of 50 to 90 percent.

Of course, you do not have to invest in a whole kitchen remodel.  You can choose to address certain—much smaller—issues that could save you money (and probably would take less time too) while still increasing your home’s overall value.

CUSTOMIZED CABINETRY

To you, they just seem like a bunch of covered shelves where you keep your dishes and other stuff but the wood kitchen cabinets are among the very first things that people investigate when considering whether or not to buy a home.  Of course, if you don’t notice your cabinets that is probably more a good thing than bad—meaning that you haven’t realized they need a little upkeep—but your potential buyers may be a little more scrutinous. Thus, when you are looking into a kitchen remodel it could be very wise to look at cabinet design concepts.  Look at not only new cabinets but also different size, color, textiles, and hardware, too.

UDATING THE FLOOR

These days, laminate flooring is pretty common. It makes sense: laminate is affordable and mostly durable. On the other hand, it is not necessarily the most attractive flooring options around.  When you looking into home remodel ideas, consider updating your flooring—especially if it is laminate—to really make your home stand out among the others on the market.

NEW COUNTER TOPS

Similarly, standard counter tops are also often a type of laminate, vinayl, or composite. And, again, this is not necessarily bad—as they are affordable and reasonable—as they serve their intended purpose.  They are not the best looking, though, and certainly not a selling point. If you want to get more out of your home sale, though, consider upgrading the counters to marble or granite. Quartz is also very popular right now, as are synthetics that offer a similar look and feel (at more attractive prices).

Dumbleton Greenwald

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