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 even though hosts Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead split up. They make huge profits flipping houses, but that doesn’t mean everything they do makes sense. These are the most impractical things Tarek and Christina add to their properties. No. 12 creates a dramatic look, but it can be high maintenance.
1. White kitchens
One of the most pervasive trends is ripping out all your dark, dated kitchen cabinets and replacing them with white. While this method can brighten up a kitchen, it’s not the most practical look for families with kids and pets.
Christina knows buyers seek updated kitchens, and she frequently adds pristine white cabinetry to her home flips. However, white is the hardest to keep clean. Every fingerprint and food splatter will show.
Next: It’s easy to ruin this countertop option.
2. Marble surfaces
Exes and co-hosts Christina and Tarek are notorious for installing marble countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. They look high-end on camera, but marble is extremely porous and difficult to care for. The spaghetti sauce you just spilled everywhere? It easily stains marble, leaving a giant red mark.
Unless you’re a neat freak who lives alone, marble is probably not the best option. Veteran home-flippers 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 a design standpoint. It’s can make a luxury home look more like a cheap apartment.
Next: Of all the lighting, Christina always picks this 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’re also viewed as stuffy or overly feminine. 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 just stage homes — buyers don’t get to keep the furniture — white couches send an impractical message to potential homeowners. If decor features pale-colored furniture that shows every speck of dirt, buyers may start to notice other less-than-realistic elements of the home.
Next: This popular design style doesn’t function well for everyone.
6. Open floor plans
Love or hate them, open floor plans are the dominant choice for many home-flippers, including Tarek and Christina. But taking down walls has its drawbacks. An open floor plan can make a space feel cavernous and people may struggle to create a good flow. Plus, some buyers miss having walls.
Next: Even if the furniture doesn’t stay, this can turn off buyers.
7. Overly elegant furniture
Many buyers looking at flip properties have young families, but this doesn’t stop Christina from staging with fussy-looking furniture. Rather than sticking with simple, classic options, she 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 countertops look good on camera, but in reality, you’ll rarely use all that space. Long, large countertops just mean more time cleaning and less floor space for things you really need in a kitchen, like tables and chairs.
Next: Removing this from a house disappoints many buyers.
9. Showers in place of bathtubs
Showers take up less room than tubs, but a tub-less house can be a big issue for homebuyers with children. Every family with kids needs at least one tub, and removing them is a mistake Christina and Tarek make all the time.
Next: This outdoor design decision has plenty of negatives.
10. Sod in the yard
Since Tarek and Christina work on tight schedules, they don’t have time for planting grass seed and waiting for it to grow. Sod is an easy solution, but it’s a lot more expensive than seeding and unnecessarily eats up the renovation budget. Choosing sod also limits the kinds of grass you can use; it may not properly thrive on shady lawns.
Next: Christina uses this 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 use love mopping or use a professional cleaning service, light-colored floors are the better choice for camouflaging dirt and dust.
Next: Tarek and Christina often blow their budget on this expense.
13. Expensive finishes
Choosing the most high-end fixtures for a flip isn’t smart. In one episode, Christina and Tarek blew $230,000 on a 1,700-square-foot renovation so they could cram in high-end touches. “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 a space to entertain, but in reality, they won’t host huge parties as much as they think. One mistake Christina and Tarek make is planning the space for entertaining rather than practical uses, like sitting around watching TV.
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 having more bedrooms isn’t wise when they all feel cramped. Three decent-sized bedrooms are preferable to four tiny ones.