The House Flip
So you all know about the house flip that I have been working on since the beginning of May...
I have posted one blog post about it before and I said I would keep you updated... but this house flip went pretty fast and I barely had any time to keep up! The house flip is complete, and it is SOLD!! Yes, it sold right away, with multiple offers and was accepted for well over the asking price without any conditions which makes me very happy :)
Here are some reasons this turned out to be a great flip -- it is important you know where to spend your money and where to save your money...
Some things I splurged on:
Hardwood (rather than going with laminate)
Natural stone: Marble and slate
Counter tops: Marble and Quartz
Trim and Doors: 7'' baseboard and 4'' casing with an upgraded door profile (something that wouldnt be found in a builder grade house)
Some things I saved on:
Kitchen cabinets: We decided to stick with ready-made kitchen cabinets
Lighting: Shopped in difference places for lighting and bought things on clearance and in stock
Faucets: Bought high-end ones that were in stock and discounted
Door Hardware: Got a high-end look (but sourced lower end hardware with a similar look)
Carpet: Chose a builder grade carpet that had a high-end look and feel
When the house you are selling is not going to be staged you need to know how to pick the finishes that people will fall in love with. Unfortunately, in a house filp you can't make all your finishes high-end so you need to find the right balance of low and high finishes to create a desired and custom look that people will feel emotionally attached to.
With a careful section of finish I was able to pull off the look I wanted to achieve. I wanted a simple and clean line house with traditional and classic elements. This house was in a historical part of town and needed to fit the demographic of the neighbourhood in order to sell. Chances are the people that are looking in this type of area are also looking for something more on the traditional side...
Here are the before and after pictures of the entire house flip you have been waiting for!
Exterior Before (as seen on my instagram):
Front Entrance After (missing before):
Living Room Before:
Living Room After (from opposite angle):
The other half of the main floor was broken up into rooms and this bathroom was where the kitchen is now.
After (window in the bathroom was taken out):
This area was the back dinette area and it was converted into part of the kitchen.
The old kitchen was along the back of the house. This was taken out and converted into a mudroom and powder room.
New Powder Room:
The mainfloor during demolition (take down those walls!):