About that linoleum from the 1970â€™s: itâ€™s time to say good-bye.Â Kitchen experts agree that hardwood floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling trendâ€¦and there are a few fresh twists we can expect to start appearing more frequently in our local MLS listings. Interior designer Cami Weinstein says, "I am starting to see lighter shades of wood floors again - something that hasn't been seen in a while.â€Â The washed-wood floors are back from the 80â€™s and 90â€™s -- but with wider planks and hand scraping that creates a less formal, beachy feel.Â
Award-winning designer Kathleen Donohue points to a newer trend: re-facing cabinets rather than replacing them. People are watching their spending, and simply re-facing (the process of simply changing cabinet doors while maintaining the original cabinet structure) is a much less expensive option than total rebuilding. Freeing up remodeling dollars is a definite plus.
Adding to the trend toward thrift-consciousness, expect kitchen features that do double-duty â€“ conserving precious kitchen space in the process. Examples are microwaves that double as second ovens and/or warming drawers, and refrigerators with convertible drawers that can act as fridge, freezer, or wine fridge. Either should be a great selling feature in local MLS listings. Especially if your home has a smaller kitchen, multi-taskers like those are valuable ideas.Â
Spring, 2013 is shaping up as a great time to sell. Lone and I offer complimentary and confidential listing preparation and staging evaluations all the time, so if youâ€™re considering listing your home this year, give us a callâ€¦ we can start in the kitchen!Â
For more information about The John Badalamenti & Lone Spillard Group of Prudential Fox & Roach, Wayne, PA - visit their web site: www.MainLineHomeZone.com