Tick tock, it’s harvest time. This week, we rustle up our matching set of Harvest Gold and send them to meet their maker. Thanksgiving’s just a month away and there’s nothing I want to be thankful for more than stainless steel.
Key to surviving this project is that the next 12 months should be as enjoyable as possible. We both love cooking – so whether we’re suffering a lack of bedroom or bathroom, we’ll appreciate having something in this apartment that works.
Appliance-buying-for-flipping golden rule (A)
Don’t be stupid. Casual surveys indicate that stainless steel appliances do add value – but we have to be careful spending within this very wide bracket. Pleather-packed discount stores sell cheapo no-name stainless steel appliances for very little. Elsewhere, Miele or Sub-Zero would be happy to take $15,000 and both kidneys off my hands.
Our apartment is a starter apartment, so we need what are essentially starter appliances + “that little bit extra”. You’ve got to woo people, right? It’s the Raisin Bran box with more.
As a first-time home buyer and keen cook [looking at a new or newly renovated property], I’d be looking sharply at the appliances.
- I’d be sick to death of bog-standard rental crap
- I’d want something shiny, nice, new and mine
- I would have had enough (enough!) of shitty “apartment-sized” appliances that don’t fit standard baking trays.
Appliance-buying-for-flipping golden rule (B)
Don’t be cheap. Just $200 or so separates “basic starter appliances” from those quite a lot nicer. You want some Monday-morning-examples? Oui! Check what an extra $200 gets you (in size and shininess) from Sears.ca -
End up in the $749 kitchen and you’d always think nasty thoughts about the cheap-ass previous owners. Our gamble? This is an expenditure that will stand out – far more than $200 spent on thicker baseboard or more expensive tiling.
What to buy?
Our first thought was to buy all three appliances – fridge, oven, dishwasher – brand new and in a matching set. My mum raised the red flag – “Don’t spend money you don’t need to, you won’t get it back!”
Wise lady. The dishwasher is only 5 years old, and is white. In a white kitchen, it will (hopefully) blend in nicely. Would we recoup the extra $1,000 to buy a stainless steel dishwasher? Unlikely. Recall my ecstasy at having a diswasher – period. Most first-time home buyers will be a in a similar boat.
Flipping Decision #17 (I just made that number up – but I might make a proper list later): the dishwasher stays!
Why buy now?
Why not. I now know I can get any oven sparkling clean, so it will still look brand new at the time of sale. The old ones are scary, noisy and horribly ineffcient. Plus, as it turns out, the current oven doesn’t actually work at all – as discovered at a crucial moment in pizza-making:
(The baking part).
P.S. Can now vouch for the edibility of fried pizza – but far prefer it barbecued.