Flippin’ Facts from Rick Corbin – Part 1 of 3

A kitchen restoration

The kitchen and the bathroom can be critical in where you get your best Return On Investment (ROI). Let me take you through one of my kitchen restorations and some of the obstacles and epiphanies that often occur during the process. I have to admit, I truly rely on the experience of my contractor(s) when deciding what to do since they have seen so much of what works and what doesn’t. You want to listen to them give you several options and then pick the best that works for that houses layout.

So let’s dive in:

As you can see, the cabinets look pretty good, so of course they will be candidates for reuse. Remember every penny affects the bottom line so we balance between upholding the quality of our brand and keeping a close eye on the budget. The ceiling was the unfortunate victim of a drug raid and authorities made no hesitation in removing large sections to find whatever they were looking for.

One thing to always keep in mind is that everything in your revitalization projects is opportunities to make the property better than it ever was. There are obstacles such as the support infrastructure like support walls that need a particular set of expertise from an architect to relocate. Something important to keep in mind is that the weight of the roof must be distributed evenly with supports. Forget this fact and your revitalization; turns into a demolition with often tragic consequences so before removing any wall, consult a professional contractor.

Speaking of infrastructure, one problem we had was with this drain vent stack. As you can see there was a complimentary bucket to catch the leak coming from it. The vent stack can be a very costly. The vent stack is the main artery of the homes drainage as seen in the following picture from one of my favorite sites.


The next item was the 3 tons of brick sitting on two 2×6 boards. The previous owner decided that it was to remove the second chimney from just below the roofline and the section running through the kitchen to make room for the refrigerator. This was the first order of business to address personally. I feel that it increased the likelihood of injuring any of the contractors I was to bring in. Besides, I know how to do demo and this was right up my alley. 6 bricks at a time, I disassembled the remaining chimney and carried it to the back porch.

Part 2 – Sweat Equity – Watch for it!

Rick Corbin
RLC Real Estate Properties,  LLC
Cranberry Township,  PA 16066

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