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Stephanie Wetzstein's Blog

By Stephanie Wetzstein | Agent in Louisville, KY

The pains and joys of being

Wow!  I have recently had to put myself in the shoes of my sellers as I prepare to sell my own home.  It's easy to go through and give advice to my clients on what needs to be done in order to make their home show well, much harder to make happen when it's your own.  I'm actually suprised I'm still married after this.

The biggest improvement that we made in our home was giving the kitchen a facelift.  Forget expensive kitchen remodels. All it took was a little elbow grease, a little time and a tiny bit of frustration, but minimal cost which made it worth the effort. 

Below is a breakdown of what we did, time and cost

Removed all cabinet doors (20 minutes)
Cleaned surfaces and let dry (20 minutes)
Lightly sanded each surface (1 hour) (sand paper $3)
Primed cabinets and framework with a foam roller (30 minutes) (primer and paint $20)
Dry time (30 minutes)
Painted cabinets and framework using a foam roller (30 minutes)
Dry time (30 minutes)
Painted (30 minutes)
Dry over night
New hinges and handles in oil rubbed bronze ($65)
Putting on the new hinges and handles and hanging the doors was the most time consuming part.  (3 hours)

Fresh coat of paint on the kitchen walls (2 hours) ($20)

In under 12 hours of work time and under $110, I had a completely new looking kitchen that will wow potential buyers. 






Comments

By Marianne Bandy,  Sat Mar 5 2011, 16:35
Stephanie,
That's a great breakdown of the time you spent. Not nearly as overwhelming as a lot of people think.
By Cindy Shannon,  Sat Jul 23 2011, 23:37
would love to see before and after pics! :)
By Allan Erps,  Sun Jul 24 2011, 03:37
Best of Luck and very interesting Post!
By Deborah Griffin,  Sun Jul 24 2011, 05:56
I think the most overwhelming thing as a seller is to get excited about freshening up a home they will not be able to enjoy. A clean well staged home will sell quicker and typically for the most amount of money. Its well worth the time spent. Best of luck with your sale!
By David & Samuel Rifkin,  Fri Feb 8 2013, 14:06
Thank you very much for this great information.

-David
By Stephanie Wetzstein,  Fri Feb 8 2013, 14:21
Thanks all. I never updated this, but the kitchen was a hit and the house sold in half the average time. I wish I had done before pics so I could have posted. I'm in the process of little remodeling projects in my new home I will be sure to give the breakdown on as well.

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