If you have the capability to DIY.... your saving 60 percent of your cost ( Just in Labor Pay out ) + when you do the job your self.... you put that extra effort in quality work.
At least that's what my lovely wife, Sheri says to me to get me inspired.. Oye 29 years, But I'm Happy!
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Frank L. DeFazio, Esquire
Philip J. Cunningham Sr
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152
You haven't really told too much about the present condition of your kitchen, so I will assume it to be just "average". Considering that, I will tend to disagree with my colleagues and tell you NOT to re-do the kitchen now.
1. While you may get a bit of a higher rent....how will you feel when you return and you have to do the kitchen again because tenants have not taken proper care.
2. Fairmount/ArtMuseum area is very desirable and there are plenty of people looking to rent there.
3. Refacing cabinets is not the best way to go if you plan to sell. It is not inexpensive, and when a buyer sees the "bandaid" job vs. the new cabinetry, etc., they feel that the seller took the cheap way out. Most folks think that refacing is cost effective....if it is done properly, without using adhesive tape made to look like wood, it can cost as much as a mid-priced cabinet.
Save your money and move on. You'll still get a good rent. When you return...fix everything that needs to be upgraded - either for you to live there or to then sell at a great price. Good Luck!
Carol Cei, Realtor, ePRO
ReMax Platinum Club and Hall of Fame
Five Star Professional
ReMax Action Realty
For 5,500 just for a REFACING...... they better give you a radio with that price :-)
I would shop around to get some quoates.
Plus its a write off on your taxes ( as a Rental )
All the Best John Curci 215-757-2889
Two: you also want to consider how much quicker it will rent. If it rents 1 month quicker and you collect an additional month's rent, than that immediately makes it all worth it.
If you allow me to, I could come by and run comps and give you the comps for current condition vs updated. Let me know.
Eric Axelson, Associate Broker
Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty