Fix That Kitchen!

Real Estate Agent with Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois

Here I go :  I believe in Positive Blogs. I enjoy reading and sharing with others on Active Rain.  If you are in the Real Estate World being a member of Active Rain increases your knowledge . We  share ideas and it truly makes a difference.

Being a Full Service Broker working many long days I enjoy what I do. Like most agents I am there from beginning to end to guide my clients every step of the way.         Results Guaranteed! 

Now, when you call me in to your house I go room to room and make suggestions on how to get your home ready.  What are the most important rooms?  All of them, as each and everyone makes a difference. However we all know Kitchens and Baths are important to buyers.  And they will cost you if not updated or presented clean and workable for the time being as many buyers do not have extra money to put into what they perceive as expensive updates.

Frequently , as a tour a well kept home I am so pleased when everything has been decluttered and light and bright. Decluttering makes a huge difference. Up to date or neutral paint color is a huge plus and in Naperville. Illinois if you have white painted wood work we are almost a home run.....

Then, I turn the corner and either a sign of relief goes through my mind or my smile freezes as I see a home that has not done anything to the kitchen in 30 years.  I have recently been in homes with appliances older than the home. 

Not only do they use a lot of energy, they are not pretty and can date a whole house.  Buyers over estimate the cost of new appliances and consequently the house stays on the market longer and sometimes sells for less, much less than an updated appliance package.  I am not an advocate of putting granite on old cabinets like many people are.  However a great refrigerator, stove, built in microwave and updated can mean quicker sale and thousands of dollars in my market especially in the 400k and up market.

When getting your home ready make your kitchen SHINE! This will result in a

 quick sale for more money:       Home Run 

If you are lucky enough to have the resources update the appliances, take down any wall paper, professionally paint the cabinets, get  the microwave off the counter, change your cabinet handles and do all you can to make your kitchen inviting and up to date.  If it looks like it never left the the year it was built your price  and market time may be disappointing. 

It is important to do a cost analysis and weigh the benefits of how much is worth putting into your home.  Sometimes, in Real Estate it takes money to make money.

 House prices are up in Naperville, Illinois.

 There were110 single-family homes sold in Naperville during December represented a 19.6 percent increase over December 2011, according to the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe).

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Comments (10)

Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Whatever you put into it the kitchen and baths are so important. $800 worth of new countertops can mean the difference between a sale or "no sale".

Jan 20, 2013 12:42 PM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

Hi Joel,

Thanks for your comment as it is so true.  This weekend I saw so many outdated and cluttered homes with my buyers that I had to share   As agents we can look beyond all of this however so many buyers can't.

Enjoy your week!

Jan 20, 2013 12:46 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I enjoyed reading this post, Tamara! Kitchens are so important - the more updated the better!

Jan 20, 2013 01:06 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Tamara, I saw a year 2000 house today that has a 1980's refrigerator.   Incredibly, this is a Vacant house.  Just throw the thing away!

Jan 21, 2013 09:29 AM
Tamara Schuster
Naperville Glen Ellyn Lisle Plainfield Wheaton Illinois - Naperville, IL
Realtor Broker - Naperville

Rose, Thanks for the nice comment.

Fred,  I am so laughing as I see these really old refrigerators in vacant houses also.  It is almost funny as some of the homes are 30 years newer then the refirigerator.  Thanks for commenting.

Jan 21, 2013 11:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


First, like you i love all things positive.  And you are so right about updating kitchens.  It is the heart of the house for many buyers looking for a home these days. A

Jan 23, 2013 12:52 AM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Tamera.  I too love all things positive.  You made some great points in your post.  However, I would love to have that old stove in the dated kitchen photo.  I have a house built in 1909 and have tried to keep the old charm in the kitchen. 

It has a sink similar to the one in picture.   The new stove just destroyed the feel.   However, I am extremely grateful that I don't have the wall paper or counter tops or cabinets in that kitchen. 

Jan 24, 2013 02:37 PM
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

That's true Tamara..Kitchens and Baths are worth the investment. Kitchen would be one of the highlights of every household. 

Jan 30, 2013 08:24 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

It seems kitchens make or break the home.

Jan 31, 2013 04:00 PM
Carmela Jacobs
Carmela Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
Ventura Co., Los Angeles Co., CA, & Global Realtor


Your'e blog is a great resource for Sellers.   If the kitchen appliances are outdated in a vacant house, I just have them taken out all together; if there is no budget for new ones.   A quick do-over and declutter goes a long way.   


Feb 05, 2013 11:43 PM