Should You Bother Sprucing Up Your Kitchen When Selling Your House?

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Home Stager with Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040
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We all have heard it – kitchen and bathrooms sell houses! This is widely known, but yet we have received often comments from home sellers such as:

 

  • The kitchen is so outdated that we would have to put a completely new kitchen in. We’d rather have the home buyer do that and do it to their taste.
  • Updating my kitchen is way too expensive. It is not worth doing it.
  • This is too much work, I don’t want to do it anymore, now that I am moving out.

 

Here is an example of such a kitchen (before):

 

 

What would a home buyer think when seeing a house with an outdated kitchen?

 

  • This is not livable for me. I will have to immediately update this kitchen before I even move in here.
  • This will cost me $30,000 to $45,000 that I have to immediately spend right after I just made my single most expenditure.
  • How long will it take me to get this fixed. I am not sure I can live in here for that long without having a kitchen. I have kids to feed and to prepare family dinners right away when moving in. Where will I be able to do that when the kitchen is under construction? What is the food take out cost in addition to the renovation cost?
  • This is too much hassle for me. I ‘d rather look for a house with a decent kitchen.
  • If this kitchen is already not well maintained, I assume the rest of the house also has not been updated as well. This house will be a money pit. Let me see the next listing in this market area.

 

With 92% of home buyers looking online first to decide which properties to visit, it will be hard to get buyers to even come to visit your house if the kitchen does not look updated.

 

So, should you bother sprucing up your kitchen when selling your house?

 

The answer is absolutely! In most cases, if your cabinet bones are in decent shape, there are many ways to give your kitchen an updated look without breaking the bank and going through the hassle and expense of installing a completely new kitchen. The goal with updating and staging an outdated kitchen is to show buyers that they can comfortably move into the house without having to immediately replace the kitchen. We want to show buyers that they can move in and live here for quite some time until they have the money to invest into a new kitchen.

 

Don’t forget that typically the house is a home buyer’s single largest purchase in their lives – it takes them a while to financially recover to be able to invest in major projects such as kitchen updates.

 

Houses with nice kitchen and updated appliances sell faster and for a higher price. Knowing where to invest in for getting the highest return on investment in a kitchen update is key to the success when preparing a home for sale to sell fast and at the top dollar.

 

Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors has prepared many kitchen in Fairfield county Connecticut for sale to stand out from the competition and to sell faster. Here are some examples of our before and after kitchen photos:

  kitchen update after Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors

  Kitchen update Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors

  kitchen update in Connecticut Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors

 

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About the Author: Birgit Anich is the President and Creative Director of Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors one of the most innovative real estate staging and design firms in Fairfield County, CT. Our distinctive approach is creating a lifestyle experience that sells homes fast and at the maximum price. Birgit’s focus is working with home sellers and their real estate agents to prepare their property to appeal to the most likely buyers. As Certified Advanced Stagers, trained by HGTV star Matthew Finlason, Birgit Anich Staging and Interiors transforms a property into a buyer’s dream using Targeted Lifestyle Marketing Techniques.

Birgit also won the most prestegious awards in the Staging Industry - Regional and National Awards of Rookie Stager of the Year by RESA.

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Christine Donovan
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Birgit - Your before and after are startling in the dramatic differences.  Part of the issue here is many sellers are already upside down, and many are distressed.

December 28, 2011 11:19 PM
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Michelle Finnamore
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HI Birgit, outstanding kitchen in the first selection. Really WOW!!!! I want a kitchen just like that. Paint is truly one of the least expensive things you can do to update a kitchen. Then new hardware. Your post shows this many times over, prepare your house for sale and you will get the type of offer you are looking for and have less days on market.

December 29, 2011 09:08 AM
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Birgit Anich
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040

OMG - Thank you all for this great response. I am sorry that I am not responding to each of you individually.

A frequent comment was that there are a lot of homes on the market where the families cannot afford even simple changes or have already distressed properties. If families are already completely upside down, even simple changes such as painting the cabinets and replacing outdated hardware can be an expense that they may not be able to carry. However, if possible these are simple inexpensive updates that can go a long way to bring a large return on investment helping sell their house faster and for a higher price, which in further return will help them get out of their current situation faster to be able to start fresh with their new lifes.

December 29, 2011 11:04 AM
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

Birgit, beautiful examples. All I can say is that sellers very often just do not want to invest their time. Yes it takes couple of days to paint those dated cabinets and install new hardware. BTW looking at the second set of pictures this SS stove does not impress at all ( it looks like lipstick on the pig), and on the 'after' picture it compliments whole kitchen.

January 10, 2012 10:26 PM
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LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet

One thing I notice in my area that buyers HATE - when the cabinets are really outdated and the seller puts granite and SS appliances only. Your eye goes to the outdated cabinets. Door handles won't change the outdated look either!

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