Why does everyone think that painting wood cabinets white is the best fix for updating and selling a home? While I agree that white cabinets are timeless, I have seen some homes where the painted white cabinets lessened the appeal.
When I started selling real estate 15 years ago, HGTV was not as hot and buyers did not expect move-in ready homes all the time. Today, it is very apparent that a remodeled home will not only sell faster, but it will also capture a much better return on the sales price for the Seller.
While I never intended to wear the hat of an interior designer when I sell homes, I have found that after remodeling at least 5 homes after Harvey that I have a knack for it. Since a lot of my clients live overseas or in different states, they have come to rely on me to advise on what needs to be done to sell their homes for the greatest return.
Earlier this year, I recommended $10k of updates to remodel a home under $400k, and it resulted in 26 offers (15 above asking price) and a net gain of $30k more for my seller. Yes, I did paint old oak cabinets white on this one!
I just listed a home that most companies advised painting these gorgeous Alder cabinets white, and I insisted that we keep the natural wood color and add grey Quartz counters and a modern white backsplash, and the results are phenomenal. Since I just went on the market, I can’t share this success story yet, but I will share the before and after photos and you can tell me what you think.
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