Thinking of Selling? Don’t Overlook a Dated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

For sellers considering a little (or big) update, the one thing they can do for the best bang for the buck is to update/upgrade the kitchen if it's older and worn:  

Original content by Debe Maxwell, CRS 228209

Thinking of Selling? Don’t Overlook a Dated Kitchen, Buyers Won’t


Perhaps we should update our kitchenIf you are planning to list your Charlotte home for sale, make sure that you don’t overlook the kitchen because your prospective buyers won't!  As mentioned many times before, buyers want MOVE-IN-READY and simply aren't willing to purchase a home that requires updating.  

A recent article from listed “7 Signs Your Kitchen Is Way Overdue for a Renovation,” in which they warned:

“Dated kitchens—just like bathrooms—are a major barrier for resale. Buyers want modern amenities and styling, and most aren’t interested in renovating post-purchase.”

Just the thought of a kitchen remodel seems pricey to many but, bear in mind, not every kitchen needs a full remodel. There are many smaller projects that you can do that will help buyers see themselves trying their favorite Pinterest recipe in your home!

If you’re handy or know someone who is, just doing a couple of updates could boost your home’s value without breaking the bank:

  • Are your cabinets in good shape but, just need an update?  A new coat of paint and some updated hardware can instantly freshen up the space and drastically change the feel of the room - all for under $300.
  • A new backsplash to match the freshly painted cabinets can update the space and add some style while staying under $200, depending on the size of the room.
  • If the kitchen seems dark, add LED under-cabinet lighting for around $40.
  • If replacing the countertops in the kitchen isn’t within your budget, consider using a top coat to cover the current countertops.

Regardless of the cost, the return on investment is huge with remodeled kitchens and the benefits of a kitchen remodel aren’t purely financial either.  According to Houselogic,

Eighty-two percent of homeowners said their updated kitchen gave them a greater desire to be at home, and 95% were happy or satisfied with the result.

Critical buyers
So, if you're thinking of selling your Charlotte home, remember, k
itchens and baths are often take-it or leave-it for prospective buyers when searching through your photos online.  They may not even give your home a chance if they don't like what they see in your online photos.  

I would love to get together with you to identify which small projects could pay off big for you!

Give me a call at (704) 491-3310 or email - let's talk about getting your kitchen and home ready for the market!

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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

If you have an older kitchen, you at least have to make it stylish or retro or something of that nature.

Dec 02, 2016 11:55 PM #1
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Believe me, Gabe Sanders - kitchen is the first thing the buyers look at it.

Nice reblog.

Dec 02, 2016 11:56 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Gabe Sanders what a great choice for a reblog....I'll make sure to leave a comment for Debe...

Dec 03, 2016 02:29 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Gabe.  I follow Debe Maxwell  and saw this one.  Good one IMHO.

Dec 03, 2016 03:06 AM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a good post to reblog. I hope others will read it too and learn from it.

Dec 03, 2016 03:37 AM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Gabe Sanders ,

Another excellent post to re-blog! I follow Debe Maxwell and missed this one. I'm off thr comment on her post.

Dec 03, 2016 05:04 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is an excellent selection for a reblog. Everybody loves a good looking kitchen.

Dec 03, 2016 06:05 AM #7
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Very important topic and a very good repost. As anyone in this business knows, kitchens remodels are the best return on investment a owner can do. cheers cvc

Dec 03, 2016 01:50 PM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Gabe, Good re-blog as an outdated kitchen is without question a huge turnoff. 

Dec 03, 2016 02:24 PM #9
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Good evening Gabe Sanders , nice choice for a reblog.  Have a great weekend.

Dec 03, 2016 06:37 PM #10
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Dated kitchens are a hard sell . . . . and can kill a sale in heartbeat.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 03, 2016 07:02 PM #11
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

great choice for a reblog - I will go over to Debe Maxwell 's site to comment too - HAPPY NEW YEAR

Jan 02, 2017 08:01 AM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Jan 05, 2017 09:40 AM #13
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments, always appreciated.

Jan 05, 2017 09:41 AM #14
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