These Are the Most Impractical Things That Christina and Tarek El Moussa Put in Every ‘Flip or Flop’ House
Flip or Flop is one of HGTV’s top performing shows, and even though hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa have since split up, they’re still making huge profits flipping houses. They’re seasoned pros by now, but that doesn’t mean everything they do makes sense. Like Joanna Gaines, there are some impractical things that they continue putting in the properties they renovate.
Let’s take a quick look at the most impractical things that Tarek and Christina El Moussa add to their house flips. No. 12 creates a dramatic look, but it can be high maintenance.
1. White kitchens
One of the most pervasive trends of the moment is ripping out all your dark and dated kitchen cabinets and replacing them with white. While this method certainly brightens up a kitchen, it’s not the most practical look for families with kids and pets.
Christina El Moussa knows that buyers are seeking updated kitchens and she frequently adds pristine white cabinetry to her home flips. However, white is the hardest color to keep clean. Every fingerprint and food splatter will show, making this kitchen choice questionable.
Next: It’s easy to ruin this countertop option.
2. Marble surfaces
Whether it’s in the kitchen or the bathroom, Christina and Tarek are notorious for adding marble countertops. They may look high-end on camera, but in reality, marble is extremely porous and difficult to care for. That spaghetti sauce you just spilled everywhere? It could easily stain the marble, leaving a giant red mark in the gorgeous new kitchen.
Unless you’re a neat freak who lives alone, marble is probably not the best option. Veteran home flippers like the El Moussas should know that.
Next: This makes high-end homes look cheap.
3. Tacky microwaves
Christina and Tarek have been criticized for always putting microwaves above stoves, which can look tacky from an interior design standpoint. It’s enough to make a luxury home look more like a cheap apartment.
Next: Of all the lighting, Christina always picks this one controversial option.
With literally thousands of lighting options out there, it’s puzzling why Christina frequently chooses chandeliers for her remodels. Chandeliers are classic, but they can also be seen as stuffy or overly feminine, which could be a turnoff to some buyers. Plus, have you ever tried to dust a chandelier? No, thank you.
Next: This color is highly impractical.
5. White furniture
Even if Tarek and Christina are just staging homes and buyers won’t get to keep the furniture, white couches send a very impractical message to potential homeowners. If the decorating features pale colored furniture that shows every speck of dirt, buyers may start to notice all the other less-than-realistic elements of the home.
Next: This popular design style doesn’t function well for everyone.
6. Open floor plans
Love them or hate them, open floor plans are the preeminent choice for just about every home flipper, including Tarek and Christina. But taking down walls does have its drawbacks. Creating an open floor plan can make a space feel cavernous and people may have a hard time creating good flow. Plus, some buyers will miss having walls.
Next: Even if the furniture doesn’t stay, this can turn off buyers.
7. Overly elegant furniture
Even though many of the buyers looking at flip properties have young families, that doesn’t stop Christina from choosing fussy-looking furniture when she’s staging. Rather than sticking with simple, classic options, she constantly lets her own taste influence how she decorates. Overly elegant furniture can be a huge turnoff for buyers.
Next: This kitchen feature is often way oversized.
8. Gigantic countertops
Is that a kitchen island or a dance floor?
Aggressively large islands or countertops that stretch on for miles may look good on camera, but in real life you’ll rarely use all that surface area. Long, large countertops just mean more time spent cleaning and less floor space for things you really need in the kitchen, like tables and chairs.
Next: Taking this out of a house turns off so many buyers.
9. Showers in place of bathtubs
Showers take up less room than tubs, but a tub-less house could be a big issue for homebuyers with children. Every family with kids needs at least one tub, and removing them is one mistake the El Moussas make all the time.
Next: This outdoor design decision has plenty of negatives.
10. Sod in the yard
Since Tarek and Christina are always working on tight timelines, they don’t have time for planting grass seed and waiting for it to grow. Sod is an obvious solution, but it’s a lot more expensive than seeding and unnecessarily eats into the renovation budget. Choosing sod also limits what kind of grass you can pick and it may not properly thrive on shady lawns.
Next: Christina uses this home feature all the time — but it can be dangerous.
11. Open railings
Christina is a huge fan of wrought iron railings and open stairwells, but these can be dangerous for small children and pets. Adding these elements to home flips could be a recipe for disaster.
Next: This popular element is difficult to keep clean.
12. Dark flooring
The look of dark floors with white furniture and cabinetry is certainly dramatic. But keeping dark wood floors clean? That’s a lot of work.
Unless you have a professional cleaning person or you love mopping, light colored floors are a much better choice for camouflaging dirt and dust.
Next: The El Moussas often blow their budget on this unnecessary expense.
13. Expensive finishes
Choosing the most high-end fixtures for a flip isn’t smart, but Christina does it all the time. In one episode, the El Moussas blow $230,000 on a 1,700 square foot home renovation so they can cram in high-end touches from top to bottom. “It’s what the buyers in this area want,” Christina said of adding fancy marble, tile, and wood floors.
Next: This addition isn’t actually needed.
14. Too many entertaining areas
Every home buyer dreams of having space to entertain, but in reality, they won’t host epic parties as much as they think. One mistake Christina and Tarek make is planning the space for entertaining rather than for more practical uses, like sitting around watching television.
Next: More isn’t better — better is better.
15. Small rooms
In one episode, Tarek attempts to cram four bedrooms into a 1,200 square foot home to increase resale value. But even having more bedrooms isn’t wise when all of them feel cramped.
Three decent sized bedrooms are preferable to four tiny ones.
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