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Remodel the kitchen before listing ?

Shoiuld I fix it up or sell it cheap(er)
  • September 14 2012 - Highlands Ranch
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"Painting, changing backsplash, replace hardware, and so on. Make it present well, it does not have to be the "dream kitchen"."

Great advice Kristin. Thumbs up!
  • January 31
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As a rule,remember any remodeling or improvements you do on your home will cost you more than the return you get. A lot of times the buyer will change things to give the homes the features they prefer once they move in anyway. As an associate broker and certified home stager I would recommend dressing up your space. There are so many inexpensive things you can do to your kitchen to change the look without breaking the bank or spending a long time on. Painting, changing backsplash, replace hardware, and so on. Make it present well, it does not have to be the "dream kitchen".
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Homes that have remodeled kitchens and bathrooms score high with buyers and often will bring a higher price. You can always sell it as a "fixer upper" but as you know, you will have to lower the price to compensate for the work that needs to be done.
  • January 11
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Seeing how the competition is positioned is important as well as speaking to some knowledgeable agents in your area about it. Homes in my area often benefit from kitchen updating. It can not only get a higher price but can also dramatically reduce the time that sits on the market (which helps save $ in the end).
  • October 11 2012
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I would recommend asking your real estate agent who is listing your home...it will depend on the other homes that have sold in your area (were the kitchens updated how did it effect the price and days on market) and the active homes...how will your home stack up against what buyers are seeing in your neighborhood and price range....not an easy yes or no question as I do not know what your kicthen looks like and how your home sells....I hope this helps...best of luck
  • October 11 2012
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Be careful to do something relatively generic. Not too fancy.
example; 2 houses near me go on sale the same week. One fully remodeled, one not. First one sells in 3 days, the other has been sitting for 4 months.
  • October 11 2012
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if you call it a 'fix and flip' of 'fixer upper' and just lit it $10k below comps you will get a lot of bargain hunters.Might cost more that $10k for the remodel, plus the time and hassle.
  • September 26 2012
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Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!

I agree with the rest, need more info.  If kitchen is a total nightmare and your home is surrounded by good homes, it may need just a little updating.

Like Ofe says, have a Realtor opinion party and see what they would think. You are going to be listing it anyway..

If you need a few referrals, feel free to reach out to me. I know some good ones in the Highlands Ranch area.

Best of luck, hope we were able to help!
  • September 15 2012
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Without know the condition of the rest of the home, I do not even venture a suggestion.  Why don't you call two or three listing agents and ask for their opinions?  Oftentimes, when you upgrade one room the rest of the house, by comparisson, looks worse.  Let the agents walk the house and advise you.  Good luck!
  • September 15 2012
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It is extremely rare to get dollar for dollar return on remodeling, therefore, think through this carefully.

If the kitchen is solid, clean and functional - I'd leave it as it is.   Sometimes a good coat of paint, and perhaps even counter top replacement and replacement of the cabinet knobs helps tremendously.    If there is a funky appliance on its last legs, perhaps replacing it would be good.
  • September 15 2012
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I would need a lot more details to really answer this question. You should probably call a few local real estate agents (at least three) and get their opinion on the issue. 

It can be very easy to spend money on renovation and not be able to get that money back when you sell. However, you can also have a house that has some minor issues that need fixed set on the market and not sell for want of a few repairs. t
  • September 15 2012
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