A kitchen is the heart of the home and a top selling feature. But what are buyers really looking for in a kitchen and which updates will pay off?
The right appliances are vital when selling your home. Read on for my best advice for appliance updates that look beautiful and won't cost a lot. I promise!
2. Forgo bells, whistles, and designer brands. While a refrigerator should have an ice maker, I wouldn't be too concerned whether or not it has ice and water in the door. A newer model, French door or bottom-freezer refrigerator without this feature won't be a turn-off to the average buyer. And, a standard oven and stove top are perfectly acceptable for resale. In fact, I've found that convection cook tops not only cost more and require specific cookware, but also confuse buyers. The average buyer (myself included) isn't a culinary connoisseur and often doesn't understand how convection cooking works. Lastly, don't get caught in the Wolf and Sub-Zero frenzy. If your home isn't one of those in the top price range of your local real estate market, buyers won't expect to find these brands in your kitchen.
3. Keep it sleek. Match appliance brands across the kitchen, whenever possible. Choose a dishwasher with a concealed control panel or opt for a slide-in range rather than freestanding for a high-end look. Remember that 90 percent of buyers will see photos of your kitchen before they visit your home. Matching, streamlined appliances will make your kitchen look polished in photos and help physically draw buyers through the front door.
Updated appliances matter but you don't have to break the bank to give buyers a kitchen they'll love!
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In the last post we talked about cabinetry and weighed the options of updating cabinetry by replacing, refacing, and refinishing. Any of these options can have a transformative result. Which is right for your kitchen and your budget? Learn more HERE.