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How much does kitchen &bathroom remodeling matter

  • February 04 2014 - Westlake
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It "only matters" if you want to get the highest possible price for your place. Old dingy bathrooms and ugly outdated kitchens are the two things that buyers dislike and will walk away from a property ....because of them.
  • March 17 2014
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New Bathrooms can really give the home you are trying to sell a wow factor. They are not always as expensive as you think and can be a great selling point [link deleted by Zillow moderator. Please see our Good Neighbor Policy for posting guidelines]
  • March 17 2014
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Yes, but you will not get the money back if you remodel just to sell.  On the other hand, some judicious creative work may pay off. new countertops, painted or refaced or refinished cabinets, new flooring maybe.  especially if you can get it done on the cheap or do some of it yourself.  

But a full remodel will not pay for itself.

Also depends on how bad.  A great condition vintage kitchen or bathroom is not so bad.  An bad condition or really ugly 70s kitchen or bath will really drag down the value.  
  • March 04 2014
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Kitchen and bath remodels are very important to most buyers. It is typically the biggest expense to a homeowner and if the remodel is already complete, the buyer can look at it as money saved. I would stay away from a remodel that is too specific to your own taste. Try to use colors and appliances that are neutral. It will allow the buyer the flexibility to still come in an add their own taste to their new home. I hope that helps! Good luck. :)
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I think it matters a lot, but I also think you can do it without an entire overhaul.  I would start with the lighting--good lighting can make a home look a lot more expensive.  It may seem like a huge investment you're not ready to make, but sites like www.interior-deluxe.com often have lighting on major sale.  If you can find it within your price range, that would be my recommendation.  Good luck!
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It does matter if you are looking to attract larger pool of buyers, I do understand it depends on your budget if you can I would start with the kitchen first.

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It depends on how bad it is and what price range you're selling in.  If the kitchen is eight years old and in good condition, remodeling doesn't matter much.  If it's thirty years old and in terrible shape, that's going to significantly hurt your resale value.  It's tough to answer the question of how much remodeling matters when we don't know what the current state of the property is.
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It only matters if you want to market to the buyers who will bring the highest price for your home.
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  • March 03 2014
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I have been told in classes that kitchens and baths are your best source in home repair for value returned.  Some have said 80-95% ... that being said, proceed with caution and get all expenses and find if it weighs outs the return in your marketplace.  Always get more than one bid and one opinion... just like this post...it's an opinion.  Do what is right for you in your marketplace and demand.
  • February 04 2014
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Many buyers won't consider homes with outdated kitchens and baths so it obviously matters a lot if you want to get a good price. Kitchens are most important, as Chas says, and you don't need to spend a fortune. Painting or re-facing cabinets is less costly than replacing them and granite counters can cost a lot less than you think if you shop carefully. The same goes for appliances.

A bathroom can often be much improved by changing just the vanity, then giving some attention to paint and lighting. Remember that you are trying to create a good impression more than anything.
  • February 04 2014
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Remodeling Magazine does an annual survey of the cost of various improvements and the value they add on resale.  Use search terms Remodeling Magazine and cost vs value in your browser to find the latest report.   In my experience as a real estate agent, an updated kitchen doesn't add dollar for dollar to the resale value, but it helps a house sell much faster. There are more people willing to buy a house with an updated kitchen, even at a somewhat higher price, because many buyers don't want to go to the trouble of having a kitchen renovated and they don't have the extra cash on hand to pay for a kitchen renovation. (If they buy a house with an already renovated kitchen, their down payment and monthly mortgage payment will be slightly higher.)  If this answer was helpful please click the "thumbs up" icon below.
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From my experience, as an agent, buyers are much more interested in the kitchens.  They feel that redoing a bathroom is something they can handle but if the kitchen is out of date that is a deal breaker.
  • February 04 2014
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