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.
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.
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.