Hilary’s Favorite Materials for Any Rehab

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Don't get stuck at the hardware store wondering what materials you should buy. Hilary's favorite materials are perfect go-to solutions for any rehab.

Don't get stuck at the hardware store wondering what materials you should buy. Hilary's favorite materials are perfect go-to solutions for any rehab.

If you’re like me, you aren’t planning on rehabbing just one or two houses a year. In fact, once you get your real estate investing business going, you probably plan on rehabbing multiple houses in a month. If that’s the case, you can help yourself out big-time by knowing the best materials to use on all your rehabs. When you have a few go-to renovation materials, you won’t always have to go shopping (or send your contractor shopping) to get started on your rehabs. Plus, you can save money on bulk items, and you can save time trying to decide what to buy for each individual property. Here are several of my favorite materials for any rehab.

Matching Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

When your buyers walk into your kitchens, you want them to be blown away. After all, kitchens sell houses. That means, for almost every rehab you ever do, you’ll need to replace all of your kitchen appliances. I like to buy stainless steel refrigerators, stoves, ovens, dishwashers, and microwaves in bulk because I know they’re going to match, and when I get the same ones over and over again, I know their measurements so I won’t run into issues with fit.

“Oops” Paints

While you won’t run into issues buying the same refrigerator and oven over and over again, I can’t say the same thing for paint. You can use and reuse some colors, but you can’t just say, “ I’m going to paint all of my houses red on the outside and mocha on the inside.” That’s why I really like looking through the “oops” section at the hardware store whenever I buy paint. All of the paint you find in this section is perfectly good paint, but they were mixed wrong from what the customer requested. Instead of throwing the paint out, stores sell them at a discount, which is great for home renovators.

While you not be able to paint a whole house in a batch of discounted paint, you can definitely find enough for accents and rooms like the kitchen or bathroom. Sometimes you can even find enough for the whole interior of the house. It’s always worth finding ways to save on materials like this so you can leave yourself some wiggle room in your rehab budget.

Overstock and Clearance Flooring and Countertops

Flooring and countertops make up a big part of any rehab budget, so I always like to look through my suppliers’ overstock and clearance options for these. There’s nothing wrong with buying last year’s granite or quartz countertops or laminate flooring. Plus, like appliances, quality countertops and flooring materials work in just about every style of house. If you can find a deal on some bulk flooring or countertop material, it’s almost always worth it. You won’t just use it on your current flip—you’ll find uses for it in future properties, and you’ll save a lot of money.

When you shop for materials, some things are going to be unique to the house that you are currently rehabbing. Other things are going to be almost universal. For those universal materials, buy as much as you can in bulk and store them for later use. If you do this, you’ll increase your profit margins over all of your flip houses, and you’ll save time and energy, too. The more streamlined you can make the process the better, and the more materials you have on hand at the beginning of any rehab project, the faster the process will go. These tips should make it easier to flip your houses under budget and on time.

8 Comments on “Hilary’s Favorite Materials for Any Rehab”

  1. Wow, my husband and I never knew that about paint. That’s so helpful. We just moved into a very old trailer (for free) and we’re going to make it beautiful. It’s old, dirty, and needs everything. It rivals any of the ugly houses most people don’t want to mess with, and we’re excited to bring it back to life. When the TV is on, 9 out of 10 hours I’m watching HGTV. Not just your show, but all have given me ideas and make me believe I can do what I want done, without a million dollar budget. Thank you and my husband and I are signed up for one of the Vegas seminars this week. I must say, when watching L.I.O.L.I., I’m rooting for David because he is at a disadvantage and loses more than you, but either way it’s fun to watch. Thank you!

    1. Best of luck with fixing up your trailer! We bet it will look beautiful! We hope you enjoyed the seminar that you attended.

  2. My husband and I are planning to remodel our movie room with hard wood floors and new lights. I think this would be a great opportunity to show off in Nashville what you can really do. I love your show and watch it all the time.

  3. My husband and I are planning to remodel our kitchen, changing the colors and the cabinets to granted top I love my kitchen is very spacious but it still needs some work. My husband and I have came up with different ideas but still can’t come to one decision we really could use your help. Seeing you on TV have me wanting to change my whole house around LOL. PS where in the process wondering if we should move or not or just stay where we’re at maybe y’all can help us make that decision also.

  4. I missed her bathroom could use some remodeling the floors are coming up around the tub and it would be nice to have some new floors but we can’t decide on the style that we want my husband would like hardwood floors I rather have a vinyl where I can match up the curtains / shower curtains and redo the mirrors we just need your help looking for it to seeing you soon thank you.

    1. Hey Brenda! In a bathroom, we recommend vinyl or tile as it holds up the best in high moisture environments. Good luck with your remodel!

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