You may want to have an open house and find out what people are saying when they see the kitchen.
This is primarily a financial issue and you need to find out if what you put in, you will get back.
It's really important to discuss this with your personal agent who is familiar with your market. Do the math to see what the rate of return would be (if any).
The rate of return will vary from location to location. If you want specific data on the average return on investment for your metro area, go to my blog and check out the 2007 Cost vs. Return Report which details the average rate of return for home remodels, based upon metro area: http://neohiorealestate.blogspot.com/2006/11/remodeling-revi
If you have to ask, the answer is probably yes.
Are they outdated ?...meaning no one sells them anymore.
Have they been painted?
If your married...does your wife hate them?
When your friends come over do they point and laugh?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, than there is your answer.
You can find a good deal on cabinets,
shop around. Usually when you do cabinets you have to do the counter tops.
If you can tile the floor you can do the cabinets. I think?
As Always go with something that will match and not cost to much. Think 1.5% - 2% of the value of your house.
Nothing custom, nothing that exceeds 3%
How much to spend is tough from my point of view. Just don't go crazy. It will be a good return on your money.
As always ask your Realtor?
One of the home improvement shows discussed this and brought up another issue. Removing the existing cabinets sometimes brings out additional problems that would have otherwise not known. Thus causing more money. According to the show, everytime you tear something down, you run the risk of increasing your renovating expenses, thus affecting your bottomline. Definitely something to consider if you are planning to sell this house.
If you are working with a Realtor get their opinion.
That's because buyers will buy the best house they can for the same amount of money.
If I were you, I would go look at other homes that are similar to yours, and get a feel for what owners are offering at what price. Put yourself in the shoes of your buyer prospect, and see if you would be willing to buy your home, versus whatever else is on the market right now. Be harsh with yourself. Don't wear rose colored glasses.
Don't pester agents to take you around and look at these homes. That's not fair. Rather, go to open houses in your area.
If you are ready to list your property, then you can ask an agent to take you to a few homes that are similar... then you can decide together whether you should replace the cabinets.
Finally, check out the pricing of replacement cabinets. If you can get a good return on your investment go ahead. You may not get back 100% of your investment, but if your home sells more quickly because it is fresh and modern, then that's worth money in the bank.
Of course, if you replace the cabinets, put a great countertop on. New cabinets with lowly linoleum won't do the trick. Go upscale for the "wow" factor.
An important consideration is where you are priced compared to the other comparable homes in your neighborhood. Assuming you have an agent, go around and view your competition. See what they are offering at what price. Do they all have new kitchens? You should upgrade just to compete. If they are all older kitchens, your new kitchen might be just what you need to get sold. Good luck!