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Contractor “Services” Are One Cost, but the Actual Cost of “Supplies” is Another Very Real Factor that Can Get Out of Hand, Quickly, when Rehabbing Foreclosures

Under estimating the cost of supplies can kill junk haulers sacramento a foreclosure rehab budget. Remember, contractor services are one cost, but the actual cost of supplies is another very real factor that can get out of hand, quickly, when rehabbing a foreclosure you’ve just picked up. Here are some basic “supply” costs to consider when rehabbing your foreclosure real estate investment. Everything is relative to your area, but below are some basics I encountered in my neck of the woods in Atlanta. Some of the items you may not need at all, but many you will, if not on your first foreclosure property, then on the next.

Porcelain-like bathroom sinks are very cheap: $79 for a pedestal and sink set can be had at The Home Depot.

Toilets: Complete toilet sets — tank, bowl, seat, and hardware — can be had for as little as $79. Usually, the taller a toilet, the more expensive it is. Also, when you get into brand names, you, naturally, encounter more costs.

Kitchen base cabinets can be had for as little as $100 a piece, depending on width of the cabinets, number of doors, drawers, etc. If you plan to paint the cabinets, prowl the junk yard. I found a nice 30-inch, 2-door, cabinet base with a drawer the other week for ten dollars!

Porcelain enameled 1-piece steel bathtub (plain old “new” tub, nothing fancy), $99.

Light fixtures can be had for as little as $18.00 as set. I was really surprised to see this when I first started out.

Wooden thresholds (you know those little lips that separate, say a carpeted room from a tiled room) can cost $7 and up, depending on the width. (They have adjustable thresholds, too.) You can also choose marble or aluminum mediums.)

New windows (double-hung, vinyl, with screens) can range from $89 and beyond, depending on size. You can walk right into your big home improvement stores and pickup standard size windows, but you’ll have to custom order non-traditional sizes for, say, older homes. (The older, wooden-framed windows with the actual glass panes can be found at salvage and junk yards for $5.00 and up per window. These can be non-standard sizes, but a good contractor can make them fit by building around them.)

Wooden, cheapie screen doors can cost as little as $19.99. (Once you get into the stained screen doors, they can start at $70-ish.)

Interior doors (without the door knobs, of course) can cost $29-ish. (Again, junk yards? $10.)

Vinyl shutters that border windows from the outside range from $25 – $38 and up depending on length.

Bathtub wall surrounds can cost as little as $69 (lot cheaper than ceramic if you’re rehabbing a property to be a rental!).

A French door set with the door jam (standard 60-inch set) can run $329 — but prowl the junk yards for this… you can find a full set (usually with the jam) for as little as $60. This is the kind of thing you tell the junkyard worker to keep an eye out for and call you if he or she gets one in. Tip them well and they will call you when the “good stuff” comes in. This will save you a bundle!