Top Improvements to Kitchens

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 Designed to Sell Top Selling Secrets

The Designed to Sell experts' list of top tips for getting a house sold.

Experts from each of the Designed to Sell teams — Los Angeles, Chicago and D.C. — share their tips on how to bring in top dollar from a house sale.

Cook Up Your Kitchen.

Kitchen upgrades will bring you the biggest returns on your money. The kitchen is considered by many to be the heart of the home, so it can really make or break a sale.

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Use Counter Intelligence.
Updating the most important surface in your kitchen is a must. "If you want to sell your house, you can not have grungy old kitchen countertops. (Buyers) want to move into the kitchen and chop food on the countertops. If your countertops are not food-chopping ready, you need to change them," warns designer Lisa LaPorta. "If you don't have a big budget, check with local sources to see if you can find granite remnants. Also, a lot of places sell pre-fabricated countertops, and you can get them for as little as about $150 for an eight-foot piece."



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Reheat your cabinets.

Paint or stain old cabinets to make them look new again. "If you want to make your kitchen look new, take about $100 and buy some stain, some sealer, some new hardware, and you can make your cabinets look new — huge payoff for little money," says designer Lisa LaPorta of the L.A. team.

The best paint to use is either a high-gloss or an enamel because it dries hard and it makes cleanup easy.


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Apply Yourself.
You can't go wrong by installing updated kitchen appliances. "If you buy new appliances for your kitchen, you will get that money back when you sell," LaPorta said. "If you don't want to spend the money, then wrap the appliances with laminate sheeting. Just clean the surface, cut it to size and apply."

Comments (4)

Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Rhonda, great pragmatic ideas to improve the look of any kitchen, thank you.

Mar 09, 2012 10:52 AM
Ranji Singh
Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd. - Newmarket, ON

Hi Rhonda,


These are some great simple tips to add value. Its best when sellers know ahead of time, they can do the work early, enjoy the upgrades, then sell for a better return.



Mar 09, 2012 11:29 AM
Rhonda Hay Rawlins
Glastonbury Home Staging - Glastonbury, CT

Thanks, Chris. As you know the kitchen is where to focus, it always delivers with a big payoff.

Mar 12, 2012 02:18 AM
Rhonda Hay Rawlins
Glastonbury Home Staging - Glastonbury, CT

Hello, Ranji. Thanks for stopping by; I do think every thing is much easier if the seller understands the process and the value in doing some of the work themselves.


Mar 12, 2012 02:22 AM