Should I Remodel My Kitchen Before Selling My Palo Alto Home?

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California Silicon Valley Probate, Trust, and Investment Sales B.R.E. 01191194
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Palo Alto Kitchen

If the home in Palo Alto you are selling looks like this you probably need to do something.

If the Palo Alto home you are selling looks like this, probably not.

Palo Alto Kitchen

The most important thing to remember when selling your Palo Alto home in this very hot market is to answer the question: Can a typical family cook in my kitchen? If the answer is yes, then I would recommend staging before trying to sell your Palo Alto home. A person buying your home can remodel the kitchen to their heart's delight after the fact, but if you spend a lot of money on remodeling before selling your Palo Alto home you could be wasting money by doing something that is not what the buyer wants.

Selling a Palo Alto home

However, if your kitchen looks like the top one, it is so bad that most people would probably not want to cook there. If that is the case I would suggest getting appliances that work, paint the cabinets, and put on a low cost solid surface counter. That way the kitchen in the home you are selling in Palo Alto will be livable if the eventual buyer wants to wait a while before spending the money to upgrade the kitchen.

Remember, when selling a home in Palo Alto the kitchen does not have to look like it came out of Sunset Magazine. As long as the buyer feels that it is good enough to cook in, even if it is only temporarily until they do a full remodel, then you should be ok.

The market for selling Palo Alto homes is so strong that the difference between what you spend and what you get from a big remodel do not justify spending $30,000 to $50,000 before selling your Palo Alto home.

If you have any questions about selling a home in Palo Alto please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

D.R.E. 01191194

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Good advice, Marcy!  That top photo kitchen needs to be gutted (what's with the porch light over the sink?).  Any Buyer looking at that kitchen would be turned off immediately.

Dec 05, 2012 11:31 AM #1
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Believe it not that is a photo from a real listing.

Dec 05, 2012 11:35 AM #2
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Kathy Burke
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Marcy.....GREAT advice and hope that top photo is NOT on MLS.  Would keep most anyone from viewing that mess!  A Home Staging consultation could have given them the tools to know they had to do "something"....before putting their home on the market!

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Kathy the picture was a before picture, not what was ultimatley put on the market.

Dec 05, 2012 11:42 AM #4
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