As I child, I loved going to Disneyland because of the rides. Each of them provided a unique experience. One minute I was a swashbuckling pirate sailing through the Caribbean, and another I was traveling at light speed through deep space.
Okay, maybe it wasn’t minutes between rides. More like hours. Those lines were terrible.
These days when I take my kids to Disneyland it’s a completely different experience. Sure, I still enjoy all the attractions. But my favorite part now is finding all the special touches Walt Disney added to his magical theme park.
Every flower, shrub and tree is perfectly manicured.
Strolling through New Orleans Square feels like being in the heart of The Big Easy (minus the booze).
Disney even makes waiting in line interesting (well, sort of). The Star Tours ride, for example, has lots of fun interactive things to see prior to reaching the boarding platform.
Creating a Million Dollar Look
Walt Disney masterfully created a unique, memorable experience for Disneyland visitors. I have a similar vision for every house we fix and flip. I want the visitor (buyer) to remember our home (and be willing to write a full price offer after the first showing).
This means giving every property we rehab a million dollar look. The problem with this strategy is maintaining the budget. Fortunately, through a lot of trial and error we’ve found 5 inexpensive items that make our houses feel really special.
Framed Bathroom Mirrors
Commercial-style kitchen faucets
Custom-Made House Numbers
Faux Wood Garage Doors
Chances are you had to replace the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities at your property. Add in new counter tops and you likely paid at least $5,000. So why not spend a few more bucks and make your house really pop with cabinet hardware?
I live in a tract home and my house is filled with builder-grade finishes, including the bathroom mirrors. They’re frameless and forgettable. To give your fix and flip a high-end look, consider buying framed bathroom mirrors (especially for the master bathroom).
It seems like everyone wants the “industrial” look right now. Metal is in. And for just $179 on Amazon you can purchase the Kraus kitchen faucet (pictured above) we installed at our latest finished fix and flip in Central Phoenix.
Most house numbers are boring. Of course, if your property is located in an HOA you’re probably limited to what you can do about the look. But, if you have the freedom to choose then consider getting a custom-made house number. It adds a ton of character and curb appeal to your home.
Like house numbers, plain garage doors are dull and uninspiring. If possible, upgrade to a faux wood style. For our central Phoenix fix and flip we chose this walnut-colored door from the Clopay Gallery Collection.