For potential buyers, the kitchen is the room that can make or break the sale. An upgraded, attractive kitchen can make or break the sale, as well as determine how much money you’ll make on the house. Ideally, your kitchen renovation should earn a 70% return on investment when you sell your home. But this depends on the features you choose, how much you spend remodeling and whether your priority is to create a dream kitchen for yourself or a kitchen that will appeal to potential buyers.

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Remodeling for resale means choosing materials that appeal to everyone, rather than choosing a particular style, especially when it is remodeled in your taste. It has to appeal to the buyer, not the seller. This means opting for stainless steel appliances that are high quality rather than professional-grade models. Spend on functional features like pantry drawers, cabinet drawers and and doors. Again, don’t over-personalize the space. The biggest mistake homeowners make is spending too much money on the remodeling in comparison to what the house itself is worth. Don’t expect to get a great return on a $100,000 kitchen if the home is valued at $430,000. See: Which Home Improvements Pay Off? – HGTV.

Choosing the wrong appliances for the room can make the whole project a waste. You must set priorities based on what sells a kitchen. Keep in mind cost of every project. Even if cabinets are outdated, is it worth the cost to replace them, or will changing out the hardware refresh the look enough to give the kitchen an updated appearance? Read: Is it Worth Remodeling a Kitchen Before Selling? – Trulia.img6

No matter what changes you make in your kitchen with resale in mind, never compromise the architecture of your home. When you sell your home, buyers fall in love with the exterior of the home first. If someone really likes your traditional home and you put in a contemporary kitchen, you are setting yourself up for such a small number of buyers who are willing to live in a traditional exterior home and who will be happy with a very contemporary kitchen.

Start by finding out what buyers like. Research what is being marketed by the real estate professionals in your area and buy those. Sometimes, it is simply a color that is important, and sometimes it is a certain brand name. Think neutral for countertops, cabinets, floors, back splashes and appliances. Go natural and subdued. Choose surfaces and fixtures that blend with many styles.

traditional-kitchen-with-subway-tile-i_g-IS9dwq3t213tz80000000000-Jld8_Don’t buy all cheap appliances, but don’t buy top of the line ones, either. If you have a larger budget for your kitchen renovation and your floor plan is one that doesn’t allow the kitchen to open to other spaces in the home, it could be worth your while to knock out some walls.

Convenience items impress homebuyers. Go for extra drawers, a pull-out pantry, stone or stone composite countertops. Lighting, such as under-cabinet fixtures, will add ambiance and show off materials in the kitchen. No matter the price range of your home, buyers want to see granite countertops. For further reading, see: Info on Renovating Your Home to Sell – Houzz.

2 Comments

  1. Lucy

    I don’t have the money to put into the house and have told my realtor that from the start. I am also worried that buyers will feel the kitchen, though more up to date, is not their style. Isn’t it better to offer credit so the buyer can renovate for their own taste?

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  2. Ruth Sanchez

    If a room is extremely outdated, they seem to have a hard time looking past the potential. There are many people who hate the idea of a remodel because they are scared of the cost, the mess, and the time it takes. It seems that most buyers want a move-in ready house that doesn’t need any updating.

    In your case, it depends on how fast you want to sell your house and what kind of feedback you getting from the buyers who have looked at it. If you do choose to remodel, you will have to take it off the market for the time it takes to complete the work. If you can’t afford to remodel the entire kitchen, then it may not be worth it. So there are definitely pros and cons to each option.

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