A Few Thoughts on Kitchens

If there is a remote chance that you will be putting your home on the market in the next year or so and you are thinking of updating your kitchen, it would behoove you {I love that phrase, I try to use it as often as possible} to opt for stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Buyers expect the granite and stainless and if you have them both it will be the reason a buyer will choose your home or your neighbor who has tile counters and white appliances.

That being said, granite and stainless have become so popular that I’m sure people will be looking back on pictures of kitchens from today and immediately noticing the G&S and saying something along the lines of “that kitchen is SO 2000s!” like the way we say nowadays “that kitchen is stuck in the 80s.”

I’m sure the G&S phenomenon will not last more than a decade, well maybe the stainless but not the granite for sure.  People are always flip-flopping back and forth about what is new and hot; the latest countertop material that man can create or what is the most Green and natural.

Again, that being said, I feel that people are starting to introduce color back into their kitchens.  Retro is making a HUGE comeback.  I think with all the craziness that is going on in the world people are longing for simpler times and the comfort of 50s and 60s suburbia.

Big Chill makes some AWESOME Retro fridges, stoves and dishwashers.

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If you do a google search for “retro kitchen” you will find a plethora of resources for kitchen appliances and decor.

Here are a few that caught my eye:

Retro Planet– some fun fun kitchen decor!

Jack and Friends– is a particular favorite only because of the name {Will & Grace anyone?}

Bars and Booths– has, well bars and booths and stuff of that ilk if you want to totally deck out your kitchen from the floor to the ceiling.

A few words on Home Staging

I was discussing today with a client about what she needs to do before we stage her home for sale next week.  I want to share some thoughts I had for her with you:

First off, Home Staging is the process of readying a house for sale so that is sells quick and for top dollar.  Think of two words: DE-CLUTTER and DE-PERSONALIZE.

De-cluttering: Some people don’t like to think that their home is cluttered.  I’m sure you would be hard pressed to find a home without clutter.  Clutter can be anything from a room with too much furniture to actual clutter- an unorganized home office with piles of papers.  De-cluttering is key when selling your house.

De-personalize: I hesitate saying this, but a good goal is to try and make your home look like a model home that is for sale.  Limit family photos,  remove religious objects and any items or accessories that are ethnic.  I don’t mean to step on toes, but if you are selling your house you might as well get a head start on packing up your African mask collection that adorns your living room walls.

Ok so those weren’t the tips I shared with her about getting her house ready to sell, I just got carried away.

Here are my thoughts, for real this time on what to do before a stager comes:

-Think about your budget for staging, if any.  It is possible to stage without spending money.  Oftentimes though you will need to paint, replace counter tops and update the appliances.

-Have some boxes ready so you can be ready to get some packing done.

-It might be a good idea to rent a POD or other portable storage device if you think you will have a lot of furniture and boxes that will need to be removed before the open house.  They do cost a pretty penny but make life so much easier- load it up and store it away till moving day, when it can be delivered to your new house.

-Know what your home is currently appraised at and what comps are selling for in your neighborhood.  You don’t want to put too much money in your home or you will not get it back.  You don’t want to be the most expensive house on the block!

-Julie

Home Staging Tips from Designer Lisa LaPorta

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One of my favorite designers from HGTV is Lisa LaPorta.

Here is a link to some of her tips for home staging:

30 Can’t-Miss Staging Tips