Making upgrades to a house.

Asked by Bill, 07876 Wed Nov 12, 2008

My parents are trying to sell their house and we have not gotten any offers yet. They are considering making some upgrades. They have hardwood floors under the carpet in the living room and dining room. My mother's concern is that if they go ahead and pull up the carpet and refinish the floors, it would clash with the tile floors they have in the foyer and the kitchen. She thinks people will have a problem with the fact that the foyer will have one type of flooring(tiles which lead right up to the living room), the kitchen has a different type of tile, and then the DR and LR which would have hardwood floors. Do you think people looking at the house would have any problems with that? Also, if you had to choose between refacing cabinets or putting in stainless steel appliances, which would you do?Thanks in advance for your responses.

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Laura Gianno…, Agent, Manahawkin, NJ
Wed Nov 12, 2008
As Sharon said, go for hardwood. If the two different tiles aren't butting up against each other, it shouldn't be a problem, particularly if you had nice hardwood between them.

Rather than go for stainless, why not try new black appliances and then you might have money for the cabinets.

If the cabinets really need to be resurfaced, new stainless appliances might look out of place.

You might also consider hiring a home stager, and if you use them have your agent advertise that and have you home stager use it as their advertising as well.

Good Luck!
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Sharon Kozinn, Agent, Hillsdale, NJ
Wed Nov 12, 2008
Hardwood floors are always a plus. Maybe you could use an neutral area rug to soften the look between the 2 areas.
As for the kitchen answer, it really depends on what will look best, and how old the current appliances are. Is there a way you can by inexpensive, but functional appliance, perhaps floor models, and still have money to do the cabinets?
Good luck,
Sharon Kozinn
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