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April, Both Buyer and Seller in Potomac, MD

When a home has a brand new kitchen does the brand name of the cabinets really matter?

Asked by April, Potomac, MD Tue Apr 1, 2008

Or do the buyers simply notice that it is a "new" kitchen? I am not talking about the "high" end kitchens, just the kitchens available from the normal stores like Home Depot, Lowes etc. Personally, I had never heard of any of the brands before. What does the normal buyer, seller think?

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Hi April:

I agree with J.R. The brand name really does not matter unless you are talking about a super high end property, but the quality of the cabinets as well the type, color and design of the cabinets are what matter most.

If you are going to redo the cabinet, make sure they are of nice qulaity wood and contruction; select nice / decorative pulls and knobs for the cabinet doors. Pull outs is a nice feature, especially wth lazy susan and deep pantry.

Make sure the style of the cabinet fits the granite counter you are going to install (from your post). Put some nice lighting to dress up the kitchen. People do care about the brand for sink and facuet more. . .

Again, I think you should look more to the complete look fo the kitchen.

Just in case you ask, a garden window adds a lot and double pane windows/french / sliding doors are important also.

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Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
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good luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 2, 2008
Buyers usually notice if they are quality regardless of how high end the brand is. For example I have Kraftmaid cabinets which I got from Home Depot, I opted for the upgrade to plywood rather than the composite wood frame. I also got the upgrade to the drawers that slide shut with a slight push. The composite absorbs moisture and warps. After showing a ton of houses and having customers check these things out, I knew what I had to put into my own house.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 1, 2008
No if you will notice the cabinets don't really come with a brand name stamped across the front. The "high end" cabinets are made by hand anyway they will bring in not carpenters but, cabinet makers. Typically it is about the wood and colors not the brand. I have never seen anyone notice or even ask who made the cabinets. They look at the appliances and the countertops.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 1, 2008
Brand doesn't matter for a run-of-the-mill kitchen. Chose maple (which I despise, but it IS the most popular) so you can appeal to the most people. As a previous cabinet maker, I look at brands, but I believe it is just because of my background. For those interested, usually the brand is found on the arm of the door hinges, or stamped into the interior side of the drawers ;)
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