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    The Kitchen – The Heart of the Home

    Do you want to sell your home faster and get a higher sales prices?
    The kitchen might just be your solution!

    It’s a double-edged sword: on one side, if you’re selling your home, it’s hard to justify spending money on upgrades; on the other hand, if you don’t spruce up your spot, your home might lag on the market.

    Kitchens have always been the heart of the home– whether it’s for gathering, entertainment, or nourishment. Trulia suggests zeroing in on buyer hot spots, which include the kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen is a “make it or break it” focal point of the house.

    A well-appointed kitchen will dramatically increase the value of your home, so it’s worth spicing up yours to grab buyer attention.

    Here are some recommended suggestions from Trulia regarding these upgrades:
    1. Do your homework: try to appeal to the masses when planning your upgrades.
    2. Make the most of what you’ve got: keep the main elements if possible and simply improve the rest with cost-effective and low-labor strategies.
    3. Clear the countertops and the clutter: this is the least expensive but most important tip. This can make your kitchen appear larger and more updated.

    A kitchen upgrade can range from a weekend long, low budget project to a full-blown overhaul upgrade. Either way, the goal is to make your home look as fantastic as possible without wasting money, over-investing, or creating a space that’s out of the ordinary compared to other properties in your neighborhood.

    One of the most expensive parts of homes are the appliances. The age, care, and condition of the kitchen appliances will have a direct impact as to whether the buyer will need new ones or if they will need to be services anytime soon.

    Here are the top 5 amenities buyers are looking for in their new kitchen:
    1. Efficient Design: a kitchen doesn’t have to be massive to be magnificent!
    2. Smart Appliances
    3. Plenty of Clever Storage: storage now is less about hiding and more about convenience.
    4. Abundant Lighting: food is just as visual as it is taste and smell.
    5. High-end Touches

    According to Kiplinger.com, 3 of the top 15 home features today’s buyers want most are located in the kitchen! This list includes a double kitchen sink, a walk-in pantry, and an eat-in kitchen. As we have all spent the better part of the past 2 years at home, the vision and use for kitchens has changed.

    Kitchens have become a space, not just for eating, but also for homework, working from home, creating, entertaining, and much, much more. The kitchen has evolved into a vibrant space- a space used for social gathering. It is a place not only to prepare meals, but to create memories together.

    Sources:
    rwghomes.com
    Kiplinger.com
    mymove.com
    trulia.com

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