The advice we give most of our sellers before they put the home on the market is to invest only as much as you can recover. That is besides the standard of having the home clutter free, clean and staged. The kitchen is a big investment and you don't know what kitchen the buyer would like. I would recommend to adjust the price for the lower grade kitchen and you will attract more potential buyers. This will make your home stand out from the competition, while a granite counter would only make it look like the rest.
Good luck to you. Oliver
-John at RealStar Realty
In this market and any other market, the advice is going to be the same. If your kitchen and baths need to be remodeled, you should do it for yourself to enjoy. When you go to place your home on the market, you should give attention to these steps:
1) Staging. Many can stage your home yourself. You know the concept of reduction. Follow the rule of threes: Three items on a countertop. Three shelves with books, three empty and so on. Remove all personal photos. Rent a storage unit, if you have to, but your home needs to look immaculate.
2) Clean. If you need help, call Jack and Dorothy Maes: 720.839.7686.
3) Do repairs. Everything right down to oiling the hinges on doors should be taken care of. Any torn screens should be replaced. Replace the furnace filter.
These are the basics. There is more that can be done. For instance, the yard should be as immaculate as the kitchen and baths. That means the lawn mowed and paint touched up for painted over.
If you invest in anything it should be paint. Paint for the interior and exterior adds value and is, of course, the key feature of your home.
Be aware also that a buyer in the $600,000 up range does not want to see a speck of laminate countertops. In Naperville that limit may need to go up.
Like others have pointed out, and Jackie did so in CAPITAL LETTERS, some buyers will reflect, "I have always had granite but this countertop will do just fine!"
When i entered that home that still had the wheels attached, and they had granite, that's when the petals fell from the rosel
Depending on the vision of the Naperville community, my guidance would be to prepare the kitchen for the next 15 years. Integrated spaces, composite organics, formed counters and everything the woman touches must be luxury quality.
The shame of the whole story is. the owner does not get to enjoy the investment which is the primary qualification of invedsting heavily into a home......to enjoy the investment. Often that enjoyment is the ONLY return on the investment.
Best of success to you
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL