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5 Ways 'Jersey Shore' Changes Summer Rentals

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His jokes are terrible and a touch racist, his use of abdominal muscles as a pickup line is questionable and his relationships with housemates are touchy at best, but there's no questioning that The Situation can cook. The egomaniacal young man's experiments with broccoli rabe, chicken cutlets and Italian saw-SEEGE are both the most digestible portion of the show and the strongest argument for vacation accommodations with a respectable kitchen.

According to TripAdvisor, 23% of travelers said the vacation rental feature they liked most was access to a full kitchen that both cuts their dinner spending and allows for quiet nights around the table. The 11% of vacation homeowners who are replacing appliances this year aren't focused solely on GTL, but are taking a long look at the french-door refrigerators, high-capacity dishwashers and stainless steel ranges and ovens similar to those in the Jersey Shore houses.

While great for pacifying rowdy housefuls of 20-something drama magnets, an expanded, updated kitchen adds value long after the rental crowd clears out. Even a minor remodel that replaces the oven, range, sink and cabinetry retains 72.8% of its cost as resale value, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value report. Whether Sorrentino will retain similar value once Jersey Shore runs its course and time and nature ravage his ripped physique is less certain.

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