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16 Sizzle Features To Add To Your Property Rehab Checklist

Published on Thursday - February 09, 2017

They say the “sizzle sells the steak,” and this same principle holds true in the world of real estate investing. If your property rehab checklist doesn’t have certain sizzle features — that appeal to a homebuyer’s emotions and let them imagine themselves living in your listing — you’ll not only be walking away from potential profits, but decreasing the chances of a quick sale.

But which sizzle features should you focus on when rehabbing homes? When rehabbing an investment property, which area of the house is most important? And while compiling your rehabbing house checklist, which areas provide the biggest return on investment (ROI).

Here are 16 sizzle features that will wow your homebuyers and may prove to be the most valuable additions to your property rehab checklist.

Kitchen Sizzle Features to Add to Your Property Rehab Checklist

The kitchen is arguably the most important — and profitable — part of a property for a real estate investor. Though a total remodel may be called for, and can sometimes be quite a good investment, with even a few accents and sizzle features you can turn a simple place where the food is prepared into a vibrant, modern area that homebuyers fall in love with.

  • Hard Countertops
    Hard Countertops
    Less a sizzle feature than a requirement when selling an investment property, hard countertops can still make a huge impact when tied in with the design scheme.
  • Overhead Microwave
    Overhead Microwave
    A simple, but powerful sizzle feature that creates more counter space and gives your kitchen a modern, streamlined feel.
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
    Under Cabinet Lighting
    A great way to add sizzle to your property and not as hard as it sounds. Simply pull power right from the wall. (Great if your wiring is already exposed.)
  • Custom Fridge
    Custom Fridge
    Don’t limit your rehab to a traditional-sized fridge. By going with a 40”- plus custom fridge you’ll be making a huge difference to would-be homebuyers.

Bathroom Sizzle Features to Add to Your Property Rehab Checklist

Nothing catches the eye of a prospective homebuyer like a fresh, modern bathroom (especially in the master bath and powder room areas). And while areas such as the kitchen and floor plan may require serious expense for folks real estate rehabbing, with a few simple sizzle feature add-ons you can turn your property’s bathrooms into something homebuyers will be talking about long after they see your listing.

  • Jacuzzi Tub
    Jacuzzi Tub
    This sizzle feature may not be possible for every rehab, but if you can add this to your property you’ll have turned an ordinary, drab master bathroom into a private oasis. (That homebuyers will usually pay premium for.)
  • Pewter Accents
    Pewter Accents
    Pewter accents in a bathroom are like cayenne pepper. A little goes a long way. So, put in a few pewter accents into your bathrooms and see your homebuyer interest rise.
  • Rain Shower Head
    Rain Shower Head
    Forget those clunky shower heads from the 80s. By putting in an overhead rain shower head you’ll give a modern injection into the stylings of your bathrooms.
  • Bathroom Tile Accents
    Bathroom Tile Accents
    Add a splash of color to your property’s bathroom, and the impression it gives homebuyers, by adding some decorative accents to tiles throughout the home.

Master Bedroom Sizzle Features to Add to Your Property Rehab Checklist

Upgrading a master bedroom is usually money well spent for an investor rehabbing houses. That’s because it’s where the homebuying decision-makers will carve out their private space. And with a few choice bedroom sizzle feature you can help homebuyers imagine themselves living in your property — and make the sale of your listing that much easier.

  • Dual Sink
    Dual Sink
    Having a dual sink in that area that connects your master bath to your master bedroom not only gives your property a nice, refined look but can give your listing a competitive advantage in a crowded market.
  • Overhead Fan
    Overhead Fan
    A simple sizzle feature that can transform the look and functionality of a master bedroom. (Bonus points if it fits in thematically with the staging decor of the bedroom.)
  • Skylight Window
    Skylight Window
    Natural lights is always a big selling point for homebuyers. By adding a skylight window you’ll make it that much easier for homebuyers to envision themselves purchasing your property.
  • Hardwired Phone & Cable
    Hardwired Phone & Cable
    May not sound like the sexiest sizzle feature ever, but for rural and less-urban properties this technological advantage can be a real selling point.

Exterior Sizzle Features to Add to Your Property Rehab Checklist

Curb appeal is about fare more than a coat of paint and swept driveway. It’s about providing would-be homebuyers alternative ways to enjoy the outdoors, all within the confines of their own home. Luckily, you don’t have put in an Olympic-sized pool to see lasting results in this area. (Just a couple summer home improvement projects will do the trick.) For those learning how to rehab a house on a budget, by adding a few sizzle features to the exterior you can create a lasting impression for would-be hombuyers. (And hopefully a bidding war as well.)

  • Fire Pit
    Fire Pit
    Entertaining options are huge to homebuyers looking at your property. By installing a fire pit you’ll be maximizing the profit potential of whatever outdoor space the listing contains.
  • White Picket Fence
    White Picket Fence
    There may be no better way to spend $75-$100 than with a white picket fence around your property. This simple sizzle feature instantly creates symbolic feelings of home and family. (Powerful motivators when selling a home.)
  • Mudroom
    Mudroom
    Though not technically a part of the exterior, this bridge between the outdoors and the living area is a great sizzle feature for beach communities and those in areas that get inclement weather.
  • Grass
    Grass
    This will, of course, depend on what part of the country your property is in. But if you’re in an area unaffected by drought, simply having a well-tended lawn or grassy area can make a lasting and positive impression.

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