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Should I replace my kitchen before putting on the market? Told it is adequate and looks okay, but I feel it could probably benefit from an upgrade

We are thinking of testing the water to see if our house would sell. We were also planning on a new kitchen in the next few months, do you think it's worth testing the water first before spending on a new kitchen?

Asked on Apr 13 2011, Selling in Sheffield | Report content

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  • I would test the water first as you are unlikely to recoup the cost of fitting a new kitchen. Also any new kitchen may not be to every purchasers taste.

    Answered on Apr 13 2011, Report content
  • I tend to agree with above, you might not recoup your costs. Also what one person thinks is a better kitchen, might not be another’s. If you do put a new kitchen in, make sure it is modern, neutral and of a good quality. Anything too cheap or badly fitted could actually be more off-putting than a kitchen in need of replacement.

    Answered on Apr 13 2011, Report content
  • I am an agent with 20 years experience. May I suggest that if the kitchen is as you say it is and functioning, then I would suggest that you test the market for the first 3/4 weeks. If the feed back from the agent says it is the kitchen putting people off, then the agent should ask the person to make an offer accordingly, or ask them "What would you offer?" If they cannot be persuaded then I would suggest you suspend the marketing make the alterations then remarket. We are finding more success following this strategy and our clients are not usually haveing to make the alterations and waste their money on a project that they will get little reward from. I hope that this has been of help? Good luck, Ian.

    Answered on Apr 13 2011, Report content
  • The best thing to do is a freshen up. Cupboard doors can be purchased extremely cheaply. Just by replacing doors and clearing the worktops of clutter, can make a kitchen look like new. Most carcases are usually still fine to be kept.

    Answered on Apr 14 2011, Report content
  • As previously advised the seller should look to test the market to see what response they get. In any event the kitchen including the rest of the house should be presented as well as possible to prospective buyers. The seller can always do the following by spending a relatively small sum to make a property look more attractive to a buyer: remove clutter and tidy up, dust and clean, apply a fresh coat of paint (dark colours can have the effect of making a small room look even smaller), fix broken doors (inc kitchen), mow the garden lawn.

    Answered on May 6 2011, Report content
  • Advertise as it is. Your choice is unlikely to be your buyer,s choice anyway. Perhaps offer a reduction in price instead.

    Answered on Sep 22 2012, Report content

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