Ready to place your home on the Triangle Market?
Let’s start in the kitchen. . .
While a full renovation of your kitchen is not always necessary in the Triangle market, clients in all price ranges look at the kitchen as the most important living space in a home. At the very least, it is best to make sure cabinets and stone surfaces are in good repair prior to the first showings.
Your trusted Real Estate Broker will be able to guide you, using a market analysis and knowledge of the prospective buyers in your area to determine the best next steps.
Here are a few tips and tricks you may want to consider.
Assess your cabinet situation.
If your cabinets are real wood or in excellent condition yet out of date, they may be able to be refinished or painted. We typically finish all the ends of our clients cabinets with 1/4 paneling or beaded board, add heavier or nicer crown molding/ light rail and paint the cabinets a fresh, appealing color (neutral/warm grey or white). If the cabinets are poor quality or in need of serious repair, consider a budget-friendly (all wood) cabinet line that will save money but offer an updated and desirable look to a potential home-buyer.
Countertop Repairs and Protection.
If you have unsightly stains, etching or chips in a natural stone countertop, the cost of repair is minimal and can have a great impact on a buyer’s first impressions of the home. Seam repair, fresh caulking between the countertops and backsplash, polishing, sealing and stain removal are a few of the services our company offers.
Clients should remember that backsplash is the first thing a potential buyer actually sees in your kitchen. It is, after-all, in a vertical application, unlike your countertops. Sellers tend to want to place a standard 4″ granite backsplash in the kitchen to save money, but there may be a more desirable option in a similar price-range. A nice, neutral subway tile (not stark white and boring nor busy and distracting ), is a great way to add immediate interest to the kitchen. The eye is drawn to unexpected tile sizes (2×8 or 3×12), as apposed to square or 3×6, as it lends interest and grabs the potential buyers attention right away. If adding backsplash is not an option for the price-range, consider leaving the splash off altogether, so the potential buyer can add this later, as opposed to a typical 4″ granite backsplash.
Natural stone flooring.
Many times a worn and scratched natural stone flooring is able to be buffed or re-finished. We recommend this, as it is typically more cost effective than replacing the flooring. This is especially important in foyers, entryways and kitchens, as this is the first thing a potential buyer may notice in a home.