Such a good question and one that I get at least once a week during a Home Staging Consultation. It really is something to take a hard look at. Questions to consider:
- How old are the cabinets?
- What is the price of my home?
- What is the current market?
- Is there a lot of competition in my area?
- What will be the cost to paint the cabinets?
I did a consultation for a starter level home in a suburb of Minneapolis. The cabinets were original and in pretty good shape but in a medium oak stain which is not what the buyers are looking for. Since this home was a starter level home we know that the buyer may not be coming in and gutting a complete kitchen right away. They want a kitchen they can live with for a while until improvements can be made down the road.
It is a hot market right now and homes in that price range are going fast but you also want to get top dollar.
I had the homeowner get a bid to have the cabinets painted which came in very reasonable. I recommended the painting be done.
Isn't the difference amazing!! Because the cabinets were being painted they could also take down the decorative bar across the top of the sink that is very dated and add an updated pendant light. The home got a couple other small updates, was staged and the outcome??? The homeowner received an offer the first day with multiply offers coming in and selling for over the list price! Painting the cabinets paid off with a quick sale, did not leave any money on the table and in fact put a little extra in the homeowner's pocket.
If you are selling your home be sure to get professional advice from a Certified Home Stager.