Published at Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 - 06:18:03 AM. Kitchen Room. By Adaliz Lorenz.
Know your markets tastes. Understand what appeals to buyers by learning which kitchen features have helped area listings sell. And if theyre present in your listing, make sure you play them up in marketing and photographs. “Youre helping to sell a lifestyle,” says Nashville-based stager and designer Kristie Barnett. Differences exist, between cities and even within them. Chicago designer Alisa Bloom, who used to flip houses, says that while the stainless steel and brass range she purchased for her home might scare off some heartland buyers, it could be a major selling point in New York or Paris. Yet for Pogonitzs on-trend Chicago clients, wild backsplashes have become a status symbol. In hipster-centric Hoboken and Brooklyn, a large cohort were drawn to the bright green kitchen countertops in a recent Jill Biggs Group listing. In New York, theres wide variation. What appeals about a downtown Manhattan loft, such as its openness and industrial vibe from edgy, rough materials, may be very different from whats considered chic in a proper, polished, and conservatively furnished uptown Park Avenue apartment, says broker Ian Katz, founder of the Ian K. Katz Group in New York.
An updated, stylish kitchen is said to improve a homes value and its odds for quick resale. At the same time, its helpful if a listing is something of a blank slate. “Its critical that a prospective buyer see themselves in the space—or at least be able to see the possibility of that,” says John Nations, construction manager for New Pointe Communities, a custom residential developer in San Diego. But design trends change regularly, making whats considered fashionable today possibly passé tomorrow. Some of us can remember when backsplashes were routinely decorated with tiles depicting fruit-filled cornucopias, but few buyers can see themselves prepping dinners or entertaining within such a space today. Same goes for dark wood kitchens with beams dangling with rustic baskets: Once cozy and romantic, theyre now looked upon as outdated and claustrophobic.
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