Renovating homes in a way that produces the best results in the most economical way is the primary goal of a flipper. Home renovation expert Jasmine Roth, host of HGTV’s Hidden Potential, Help! I Wrecked My House, and Rock the Block, shares her tips on how to spend less but get more on your next flip renovation.
Layer on Top of a Brick Fireplace
Brick inside a home can be hit or miss with buyers. Some love the look, which can work well in industrial-style spaces, or in ones with French country character. Other house hunters may feel that the red or brown tones look heavy, overpowering, or outdated.
Instead of demolishing an undesirable brick fireplace, Roth suggests layering over the façade with tongue-and-groove panels to create a fresh new look and keep costs down. White panels can keep things looking open and airy, and will jive with most interior designs, while greys and greige (a combo of grey and beige) can be quite complementary, too.
Use Wine Racks As Functional Wall Art
You can’t always afford a home stager to come and adorn your walls when it’s time to sell. If you’d like to inexpensively add visual interest to a boring space consider using wine racks as wall art—you can’t beat art that’s functional. Many online retailers offer vertical racks that can hold as many as 18 bottles. Mount three or four vertical racks side-by-side on a wall to create a grid and intersperse the racks with bottles for a scalable look that can work great as a focal point in a basement entertainment space, or as a conversation piece in a dining room setting. Even when a bottle becomes empty it can still be displayed.
Add Open Shelving in the Kitchen
Open shelving in your kitchen can be both elegant and economical. But instead of having shelves with unused space beneath, Roth suggests modifying them with dowels attached directly below to give homebuyers a place to hang mugs. It’s simple, and is a perfect use of the shelf.
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