You have received some good input thus far. The bottom line on this is ..... it depends. The appliances in your home should fit-in with the buyers' expectations of such a home. I would recommend speaking with a top real estate company to give you the specific advice that you seek.
1) Your home value will not increase simply because of stainless appliances.
2) The price difference between white/black/bisque and stainless is $50-$100 on comparable models
3) Stainless adds the WOW factor, THIS sells a house more than price.
4) Appliances color should be decided based on the kitchen accents (Counters, Cabinets & Flooring), Stainless steel can look HORRIBLE in some settings
5) Stainless steel is not a fad that goes in and out, it WILL be around for a long time.
GOOD LUCK! Happy shopping!
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There has been a lot of good input on this. I have been showing new homes in the last few days, and we saw all kinds of appliances, but certainly a lot of stainless. This is what I found to be the case. Depending upon the colors used in there, the stainless could be stunning and very impressive. If the room is dark or if there is more subtle lighting such as recessed or indirect lights or no windows, and if there are dark cabinets or even beige or darker colors on the walls, the bisque or white appliances really made everything stand out and brightened up the room. If there were lighter colors or if it was bright and cheerful, the stainless was nice. If the kitchen has more gourmet-style features, such as Chef Sink, stainless fixtures or sink, and very stylish cabinetry, then the stainless will be a major plus. Stainless can be very appealing with marble, depending upon what color it is. I think the features offered in appliances are more important most times than the finishes. A quiet , insulated energy-efficient white dishwasher with more features would be preferable to a stainless low end one. If your refrigerator and stove are older and don't offer some of the more modern features, such as ice and water, or smooth cooktop, you might even consider replacing the existing ones with lesser expensive white ones that do have those features. You will pay far more for the stainless, and in many cases you won't recover your investment. In a Buyer's market, I don't feel offering an allowance will mean much to Buyers. If they see appealing appliances in a competing home, chances are they won't care about the allowance in yours.
Stainless steel is a nice look and comes with a general WOW factor for showings - but will the cost upfront work with your homes architecture and neighborhood. For instance, I once has a customer insist that all SS would be huge in her 800sq' ranch style home in a town who's median income is $40,000 a year.
Have a Realtor familiar with your area walk the property and find out what other like homes in your area offer for appliances.
My feeling is that simply adding all stainless appliances (instead of having a mix) will make your home more attractive to prospects when viewing your home, but you may not realize a 100% return on your investment. One year stainless is in and the next year it is out. Refine the look of your home to bring it up to saleable standards, having a uniform look will accomplish that but not bring you an immediate, full return on your investment. Don't forget the big picture - to sell your home - and the overall return realized by the sale as a whole.
My vote is that if you are including the refrigerator in the sale, that is a nice bonux for a family buying your home, especially if your home appeals to first time home buyers. Of course, then matching appliances are important.
Good Luck .. Joe Ski..
I agree with he other real estate professionals that have addressed your question. Another thought is Days on market, what is the amount of time the house will take to sell. We have proven data that houses with upgrades will spend less time on the market. What you put into your house in stainless steal appliances you might save of future mortgage payments, price reductions, taxes and insurance. This is true for the metro Detroit area, consult a local professional.
I do agree with Larry about having all the appliances match - some sellers are even offering a "new appliance" package as an incentive to buyers.
If you are preparing your home for sale, you may want to read about staging as well.
Best of luck to you,
Yes on one side of the coin stainless appliances are an upgrade an they do give the indication of higher quality. On the other hand if you are just replacing one have it match the other two. Stainless is a preference. So having your appliances all match in color is the better direction to go in.
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