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“I Can’t Live Here, Those Cabinet Doors Look Hideous.”

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“I Can’t Live Here, Those Cabinet Doors Look Hideous.”

A Fair Oaks, CA apartment manager was showing a unit to a prospective renter; the unit was looking pretty good. Carpet, paint, counters, and new fixtures, but something was still missing before it was rentable. The cabinet doors were in bad shape and it was very obvious that something needed to be done to get good tenants moved in.

Cabinet Door Damage in apartment SacramentoThe doors of the kitchen cabinets were damaged over time due to water. The worse damage was on the cabinets near the kitchen sink, water spills and wet hands can take a toll on low end cabinets. The doors of these cabinets tend to be low cost particle board with a wood veneer and do not handle water well. Don’t get me wrong the cabinets have lasted a pretty long time in these apartments; the doors just needed some attention.

Replacing the whole cabinets is not a viable, cost effective option here. Since the doors have taken the brunt of the damage we will be replacing them selectively (if a close wood grain and color can be found). Looking at the doors, you can see that it is a simple design that can easily be duplicated. So that is the plan, replace the water damaged cabinet doors to match the existing. I will have to give Hughes Hardwoods a call for a material match.

The prospective tenant, who found the cabinets to be “hideous”, will be moving in next week after the doors have been replaced. Sometimes we have to hear those that will be moving in before we realize what is preventing the apartment unit from being leased. This Fair Oaks apartment learned that by repairing the cabinet doors, the unit can be rented.

 

 

 


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Comments (45)

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Pride does have a strong impact when looking at a place to live, no matter the price range Silvia.

Jan 31, 2013 11:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Isn;t it amazing how often a fix for something that is keeping a property from renting or selling is fairly simple and not overly expensive!

Jan 31, 2013 09:38 PM
David Herren
Best Atlanta Properties, LLC - Atlanta, GA

It sounds like market conditions required and investment like this, but a little more information would be helpful.  Was this a high rent property where the cost is justified?  If so, why particle board in the first place?  Is this a weak market?

In Atlanta, I cannot imaging a landlord spending a penny to fix this unless the monthly rent is north of $2,000.  A little more information would be helpful.  A re-sale on the other hand, absolutely, maybe even a whole kitchen make over.

Jan 31, 2013 09:54 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Sometimes a little work is needed to get the deal done.                                                                                        

Jan 31, 2013 09:56 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Tom, Hughes hardwoods looks like a fun spot to visit! I love that they can match wood. Replacing cabinet doors can completely change the look of a kitchen.

Jan 31, 2013 10:07 PM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Good idea. I'm going to go look at my rental house this afternoon and will make sure to check out the cabinet doors. It's a 50 year old house and an update may be overdue.

Jan 31, 2013 10:11 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

They probably charge a decent rent too so I can see it being a problem looking at them all the time. I was just in a unit where all the handles were corroded or something.

Jan 31, 2013 11:14 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
Particle board is so bad, I don't know why anyone would ever buy it if it had the chance of getting weather or just water of any kind. I presume it is a cost issue. Good for you to find the client a quick fix so he doesn't miss out on getting a good tenant.
Feb 01, 2013 12:29 AM
Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

It is important to pay attention to the little things that can get in the way of renting.  You are fortunate to have a supplier not far away that can provide a solution with matching veneers.  The big-box-stores aren't often able to help with this.

Feb 01, 2013 12:59 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Smetimes - the devil is in the details. I'm glad this prospective tenant spoke up and revealed the problem that the owners apparently couldn't "see."

Feb 01, 2013 01:38 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

You have to keep cost down on rental properties, but they also have to be decent looking.  Good job.

Feb 01, 2013 02:00 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Smart investors set aside a small percentage of their rental income for maintenance, and perform quarterly and annual maintenance inspections for the health and safety of their tenants, however, not all landlords are conscientious, are they?

Feb 01, 2013 11:54 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

This is true, but sometimes hard to explain the importance to the owner or management at times Nina.

 
Feb 01, 2013 04:11 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I'm not sure about the rents, but I guess in the $1100 to 1200 range. The original cabinets were p-board, when it comes to repairs; finding a comprable material is not always easy David.

Feb 01, 2013 04:12 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

 

A little work... a lot of work... we don't care, we just want to help get the deal done TCT.

Feb 01, 2013 04:12 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

 

It would be easier to change the cabinet doors, we are trying to match something that is no longer made Sharon.

Feb 01, 2013 04:12 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

 

You may find that it is well worse putting in a little money on that rental Travis.

Feb 01, 2013 04:12 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

 

Ugly handles need to go Lyn.  :)

Feb 01, 2013 04:13 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

There are benefits to particle board Hella, cost is one of them. It also provides a smooth surface that is consistent.

 

Michael - Finding the right product is a challenge.

Feb 01, 2013 04:19 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Marte - If they did not speak up, nothing would have been done.

 

Gene - there is a fine balance.

 

Kimo - Not all of them are. Budgeting for these sorts of things is important.

Feb 01, 2013 04:20 PM