Hi this is Amy Shair at www.AmyShair.com, when I show property I get asked all the time how much it’s going to cost to upgrade a kitchen.
So I thought I would take a couple of minutes and go through the breakdown of the top things buyers are looking for and the average cost of the kitchen upgrades.
Top 3 Things Buyers Look For in a Kitchen
- Hard wood floors
- Granite countertops
- Stainless steel appliances
So starting off with hard wood floors, they can be regular hardwood floors. Some people are comfortable with laminate, engineer, pre-installed. There are different types out there. But for factory finish installed which is going to be the easiest for an existing home a 12 by 12 room is going to cost you about $1800.00 installed.
For the granite countertops people think granite cost a lot, but it’s very reasonably priced now. Locally, we have a company here that charges about $38.00 a square foot installed.
You have a variety of colors and finishes and that includes a sink. So for your average sized kitchen without a big island you’re running about $1500.00 to $3000.00 for your countertop.
Lastly stainless steal appliances are really in! I just saw in the sales circular just this past weekend that one of the big box retailers had a Frigidaire refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave for $2000 that’s a really good deal. But if you’re just looking to up grade pieces at a time you can go on Craigslist and find a used refrigerator or used dishwasher. You can also look for a new appliance if someone didn’t like the kind they had or wanted to change it from gas to electric.
So those three things combined are going to run you about $6000 to $8000 and it completely revamps the kitchen.
These are the things buyers are looking for online when there looking for houses. These options make a big difference, so if you’re selling your home focus on those repairs, if
you’re a buyer remember that if a house doesn’t have them those things can be
Thank you very much. Call Amy for your share of the market at 919-818-5001 or visit www.AmyShair.com