When You’re Ready To Sell; Room-By-Room Improvements – The Kitchen

Kitchens and bathrooms have long been the top two remodeling projects, and you can expect them to remain so for years to come. They are the rooms that most consistently make or break a sale. A new or updated kitchen, a sparking bathroom . . .  these are features that help to sell a home.

If you can get away with a remodel rather than a new kitchen, do it. Because the kitchen is so important, sellers sometimes over-improve them to the point where there is no chance of recouping their investment when they move. Don’t fall into this trap.

Add a new coat of paint, refinish the cabinets and counters, change drawer pulls and handles, install new appliances, put out a new floor – but don’t gut and start over if it isn’t necessary. When adding new appliances, be aware that many buyers consider brand name to be an important factor. If you don’t paint everything, at least repaint the ceiling bright white. You’d be surprised how much it can lighten up the room.

Another great way to brighten a kitchen is to add a skylight. And if you choose to put in a new kitchen, keep in mind what sells. Buyers are looking for lots of cabinets and counter space, new appliances and an easy flow between the sink, food prep areas, stove and refrigerator. Think sunny, spacious and clean.

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