Kitchen & Bathroom Upgrades – Best for resale? It depends.

While we can’t argue with  – nor do we want to! –  the fact that a home sells better with a bathroom or kitchen upgrade or renovation, before you (or Home Performance Masters) starts picking out granite, cabinets and appliances, you need to consider a few things.

  1. Consider your neighborhood and your target buyer, advises Trulia real estate blogger Michael Corbett. “If most homes nearby have tidy, neat kitchens with Formica or tile countertops, then you should too,” he says. “If granite and flagstone seem to be the local flavor, hopefully yours will be similar.”Kithcen Remodel
  2. Don’t over improve. You likely won’t get your money back in the sale. Simple upgrades— faucets, lighting, cabinet pulls – don’t cost a lot and may be enough to give the house a fresh look.
  3. Opening up the kitchen will appeal to new buyers. Remove a wall between the kitchen and dining or living area, or remove extra overhead cabinets that block the view.
  4. And remember, the best way to make your home appealing to buyers costs nothing: clean up and declutter. That includes your medicine cabinets and closets, because buyers will open them. Remove extra furniture to make the rooms seem bigger.

But why wait until you sell to make improvements? Savvy homeowners look for cost-effective upgrades along the way to keep from becoming “that house” in the neighborhood.

We will be happy to provide a complimentary in-home consultation . We will share ideas on how to best invest your resources for resale value (which includes curb appeal), home energy solutions (saving you money in the long run), where to save money and where to invest!

Home Performance Masters based in Burke, VA specializes in kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels and basement remodels serving Falls Church, VA; Fairfax, VA; Arlington, VA; Vienna, VA; Great Falls, VA and Middleburg, VA.

Major Kitchen Remodel – Yes or No?

Homeowners often weigh the cost of remodeling their kitchen against two factors, how much will it add to the resale value and regardless,  how much enjoyment will my family and I receive for the number of years we get to enjoy it? While the enjoyment factor can be priceless… it does help to know how much of your investment can be recovered. Not to mention, if it comes down to a prospective buyer deciding between your house and a neighbor’s very similar house, and your house is the only one with a fully remodeled kitchen… it is a very good chance, you’ll receive the offer!

According to Hanley-Wood Media, the average cost of a major kitchen remodel is $61,087, and the average amount you will recover is $37,514 or 61.4%! Pretty good return on your money, considering how much joy it will bring the cook in the family, as well as the one who loves to entertain!

For those of you that like to know the details or definition of a “Major Kitchen Remodel”:

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom  wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate  counter tops;  and standard double- tub stainless-steel  sink with standard  single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient  wall oven, cook-top, ventilation  system,  built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

Looking for the best team for your kitchen remodel?  Home Performance Masters is based in Burke, serving Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, Great Falls and Middleburg, VA! We’d love the opportunity! Call Marty at 703 945 4300.