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Ask a Pro Q&A: Should You Remodel Before Selling?

Welcome to another installment of Ask a Pro! Today we are talking to Dream Team member and interior design pro Jennifer Adams! Let’s see what she has to say about dated kitchens!


Q: I am looking to sell my home but my kitchen is looking a bit dated─ should I remodel it or leave it alone before selling?

-Lisa Y.

A: For potential buyers the kitchen can make or break the sale. If your kitchen is looking dated, you may be able to get away with a few basic cosmetic changes that will completely change the look and feel.  A good cleaning may be all your cabinets need to get them to look like new. Or, consider a fresh coat of paint which is an inexpensive way to dramatically change the whole look of the kitchen. Add a glass or tile backsplash to bring some warmth, texture, and color to a cookie cutter kitchen. Fixtures are also an inexpensive way to make the kitchen look like new. If your faucet is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it. You can look for them on sale at the hardware store to update your look. If your light fixtures can be saved, give them a good cleaning, otherwise a quick coat of spray paint in a metallic finish can instantly update the look. If you have old appliances, consider replacing them with stainless steel. The neutral tone will appeal to the majority of future home buyers.

-Jennifer A.