Selling Kalamazoo Real Estate – Success in selling Greater Kalamazoo homes can depend on being able to distinguish what is important to buyers from what is not. Proactive homeowners know that one room usually gets more attention than does any other: the kitchen.
There are many good reasons why this is so (we have discussed them before) — but one kitchen detail in particular can have a disproportionate impact. It’s a detail that is all too easy to overlook: the condition of the appliances.
Realty Times declares, “Sellers should update their appliances.” We don’t suggest that you automatically go quite that far, but the gist is right. When the appliances look like they deserve their starring role in the main act — the kitchen — it indicates a homeowner who has taken pride in their property. To a prospective buyer choosing whether or not to write an offer, it can be decisive.
If you are selling a Greater Kalamazoo home this fall, it will definitely pay to take a critical look at your kitchen’s appliances, and then take action!
Begin by deep-cleaning them thoroughly. Potential buyers often look inside appliances…and the last thing you want them to find is a crusty oven or rusty dishwasher. It’s true that after a few years of wear and tear, most kitchens don’t look like they belong on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. But before you commit to wholesale appliance replacement, first see if some light cosmetic action might make that unnecessary.
Check your appliances for scratches, and if they are prominent enough, do something about them. For surface scratches, get a bottle of matching-color appliance paint (available at our Greater Kalamazoo hardware stores), then dot or stipple the smallest amount possible onto the scratch. For deeper scratches, fill first with a filler material you’ll find in one of the do-it-yourself scratch repair kits offered by auto parts stores. After it has had time to dry, step back and inspect. If you have to know where to look to notice anything: Good job! If it stands out like a sore thumb….it may be time to replace that appliance. You don’t necessarily have to spend big bucks for new appliances. If you are diligent, you can find some great used appliances for sale on Craig’s list or in some of the used appliance stores. If you go the replacement route. make sure you match your other appliances! A kitchen full of mismatched colors makes a poor impression. If you are replacing all of the appliances, stainless steel is certainly very popular now, but if you can’t find them in your price range, go color- and tone-neutral. Remember that many homes will undergo remodeling by their new owners, and their taste may be different from yours. Don’t be tempted to blow the budget by buying appliances that outclass the rest of the property, but also be careful to select appliances that don’t look cheap, outdated or out of place where they will be sited in the kitchen.
If you are one of those preparing to sell Greater Kalamazoo homes this fall, remember that The Veenstra Team offers complimentary consultation prior to listing. We can go over big and small changes that will help maximize your return! We can also suggest some contractors to help get some jobs done around the house if that is needed.
In tomorrow’s blog post watch for our favorite cleaning products for getting your house ready to show. One of our team members has extensive experience cleaning rental properties and has found a list of tried and true products that really will clean your appliances and kitchen.
Remember that the Veenstra Team is trained to help you determine what should be fixed, cleaned and upgraded to get the most for your home. If you are planning on selling your house, call us sooner rather than later. We don’t need the house to be pristine to provide you with a market analysis. We will be more help to you when we come near the beginning of your preparation process. There is absolutely no need to feel embarrassed about the condition of your home. We will help you prioritize what needs to be done to get the most for your house in the shortest amount of time.