Kitchen Update to Sell

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s all about the kitchen. No other room in the house gets more scrutiny during a home viewing than the place where the family hangs out the most. And savvy buyers know what they’re looking for:


  • Granite counters (still — although that may change with more younger buyers wanting newer “green” materials);
  • Stainless steel appliances (still — although appliances that at least match are a start);
  • No faux and no wallpaper (neutral walls that are freshly painted with no-VOC paints give buyers a break when it comes to move-in time); and
  • No vinyl (floors in tile or wood are preferred — although cork and other materials may come into their own, again with younger buyers).

This homeowner opted for new appliances — all stainless — to replace the ones original to the house. Then we replaced the white Formica countertop with Blue Pearl granite to coordinate with the blue tile floor (staying). The faux finish was primed over with a light yellow paint color that came from the background color on the fabric window panels. The cabinets got new nickel knobs to replace the brass. Countertop appliances and knick-knacks were stored to feature the new granite.

The result was an updated kitchen. No need to change the footprint, mess with the floor, or switch out cabinets. Move-in condition for the new buyers.

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