"Kitchens Sell Houses". I'm sure you have heard this many times. It is a timeless factor when talking about selling a home.
The kitchen is "the heart of a home", and "the stomach is the way to the heart", and the kitchen is where we "spend much of our time and most of that is with our families", writes Carla Hill for the RealtyTimes in her aptly named article, "Kitchens Sell a House". Hill says that kitchens are "integral to entertaining and in today's age of open floor plans, they're a focal piece of many family rooms".
Due to the fact that a kitchen is the showpiece of the house and is seen every day by you and your guests, Hill says that kitchens play such an "important role in the buying and selling process", and that "buyers want homes with up-to-date kitchens".
So if you need updates to your kitchen, where do you start?
Kitchens are expensive and need a lot of time, as well as skills, to do the job right. With the "complicated array of flooring, tiling, cabinets, and counters", Hill says, "most buyers want a kitchen that is ready to use the day they move in".
What to buyers want in a kitchen?
Hill suggests that you do your homework, and to "Scope out the competition" via local open houses or MLS listings. Look at the wood on the cabinets. Is it dark? How about the counters? Are the appliances stainless steel? Are there any "add-ons like dishwashers, wine-coolers, and trash compactors"?
There are an endless amount of changes you could potentially make, but Hill cautions not to "become overwhelmed". She adds that you might be able to make minor changes, such as a warm, neutral tome of paint, removing clutter, updating appliances. adding a lower-end or a faux granite counter. Hill also suggests that you might even "save a bundle by doing much of the work yourself."
"The bottom line is a kitchen can sell a home", says Hill, and suggests that you do some research on what your kitchen needs to "make it competitive with area listings."
Have you updated your kitchen? Did you research it first? What did your updates entail? Did it help you sell your home?
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