Besides its durability and uniqueness, granite is also easy to clean - just use water and mild soap. It's also antimicrobial since sealed granite is not porous and bacteria can't live and breed here.
Hope this helps!
Claire Reynolds || http://www.allweatherbuilding.com.au/kitchens
Michael Foster http://www.kitsapkitchenandbath.com/services/
This accomplishes both giving the customer something concrete that's visible, while not foreclosing choice, for instance, of granite color.
Price of the home, location of the home and the updates made relative to the other homes for sale in the area. A word of caution is to not over spend in the kitchen and let the rest of the house fail to meet expectations. You need to balance your spend over the entire home and based on the competition in the neighborhood. A great kitchen with not carry the home to another price point if the rest of the home fails to launch the "I want this home" thoughts.
I am also seeing more color in appliances now but I am not sure that is taking off like the stainless did or the concrete counter tops seemed to peak interest, but again no launch.
Ron Tardif, Managing Broker
As suggested below, yes it depends on the buyer, the home's price point and your competition.
Have you, or your daughter, viewed the competition for this home? I offer to do this with all my sellers if there is any question as to what you should do to help the home compete. In our area you can also view the photos of the competition to help give you an idea. This way you can see what else is on the market and its price compared to your price and its features compared to yours.
What is the demographic that will purchase the home? Once you know that you can make an educated decision on whether granite and stainless is expected. Your agent needs to be able to analyze the home's place in the market and the demographic to establish this answer for you.
Don't forget LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Are you priced correctly for the items listed above and elsewhere in this thread and for the location of your home? If you back to a major road, you have to price that in vs. homes that don't.
I am here to help with the knowledge you need and the care you deserve.
Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax
10300 Eaton Place, Suite 120
Fairfax, VA 22030
Assuming this is a follow up on the questions about your daughters' home not selling..
I think the agent is most likely grasping at this point. Presuming the home has been on the market for a while it may be time to make a switch..get a different perspective and approach and perhaps simply give the home and your daughter a rest.
To answer your question on it's face..my colleagues below have made some terrific comments. I have sold many a home without granite or stainless. These things are market specific and depend upon what the market is doing as well as current competition. Some homes we have put the granite and ss in, some we have left samples for a credit, and some we have had no need. Will you get back dollar for dollar...sometimes yes. Many buyers simply do not have the cash to do such updates and in some market places the purchasers are spoiled and "must have" these things regardless of cash. SO..they may pay a premium to finance them. This is how new home builders make a nice premium on their options.
Should you need some help with this or your daughters home please contact me. I am happy to speak with you or her and should She not be in my marketplace I can refer her to a quality agent in her marketplace. One that is not full of excuses.
Have a great day!
Erik J. Weisskopf, ABR,CDPE,CRS,GRI
Re/Max Distinctive Real Estate
According to the l 2011 NAR cost vs. value report, which has data for this region broken out (regional data is not easy to find: Remodeling magazine may be an easier to use source here), kitchen updates will give you a return of around 80 cents on the dollar around here. This confirms what a lot of others have already said; so much is a matter of individual taste. I have seen buyers gut and renovate already updated kitchens and baths to their taste.
Here is my "take" on updating for resale. First, do any needed front exterior updates. The cost vs. value report, my experience, and common sense all agree: if you can't get buyers in the door, you can't sell your home. Second, replace any really cheap-looking (example: fiberglass tub/showers) or terminally dated (exposed light bulb bath fixtures are so 1983) stuff. Brass fixtures are regarded as cheap glitz: brushed nickel, alabaster, opaque glass, wrought iron, weathered bronze, etc., are "in". Third, think "light and bright": repaint any dark walls with a rich, heavy cream color ( neutral and bright: you may want to think about a whole-house paint job). You may also want to think about re-painting trim work. Fourth, do staging. Think "de-clutter, de-personalize, you're creating an interior that's a stage set to sell your home".
If you're a seller and your local broker is advising you that this is what's expected in your area and in your homes price range then my advice would be to listen to them if there's more than 6 months worth of inventory that you'll be competing against. If there less than 6 months inventory I would probably not spend my money on these items.
Upgrades around the house depend greatly on personal preferences. While in the market where a lot of investors are buying homes and renovating them completely - having granite countertops and stainless steel has became more of a ritual, but those homes look like cookie cutters.
Even if you have granite countertops it doesn't mean the buyers walking in will like it - it can also depend what color of granite they want, so basically all it depends on is - the personal preference!!
If the house has good bones and is maintained over all, it will sell fast given that fact other features like: Location, Price, Perks etc are well captures / focused.
And if you are a buyer than it all depends what you really want in your wish list.
There is no doubt that clean looking homes with reasonable upgrades and renovations have good standing among others when it comes to sale, but it all depends on the style of your home also.
If you are looking to sell your house and don't know which direction to go: get involve with a Real Estate Expert who can visit your house and help you with making the right decision.
Hope this information is helpful to you!!
Faiza Alvi - RealtorÂ®
Prince William Realty, Inc.
MILLION DOLLAR CLUB - PWAR 2011
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& serving clients with honesty, integrity & passion.
Even in the lower price ranges, homes that have quality upgrades and granite countertops (or equivalent) sell faster and for better prices.
As for stainless steel, it depends on the color of the kitchen cabinets and the amount of natural light. Some buyers do NOT like stainless steel, but rather prefer other HIGH QUALITY appliances. It is entirely individual and personal preference.