Rob Pellegrini

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Can New Kitchen Appliances Increase the Value of Your Home?


Next to a major kitchen renovation, replacing appliances is the most
expensive way to upgrade the space. So if you’re purchasing a new
refrigerator, stove or dishwasher in order to make your home more attractive
to buyers, you want to make wise purchasing decisions.


The most important consideration is how the appliances will look in the
kitchen. Ideally, they should match in colour and style. They should also be
the right size for the space. The last thing you want is a fridge that’s so large
it dominates the room, or a stove that’s a completely different style and
looks out-of-place.


Appearance is important, but so are the features. Buyers viewing your home
will scrutinize the appliances. They’ll notice if the fridge has a cold water and
ice dispenser. They’ll ask if the dishwasher has noise-reduction features.


Double ovens and quick-heating burners (which are now available on
electric stoves) will also get a buyer’s attention.


Power consumption is also a big issue these days. Increasingly, buyers are
interested in the energy efficient features of a home — appliances included.


So, as your REALTOR® I would point out appliances with energy-saving
features, such as a dishwasher with a slow-run cycle that saves power.


Kitchen appliances may seem minor compared to the overall appeal of your
property, but they do make a difference. Purchase wisely!


I know some great people in the appliance business that will help you make the
right decision.


When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to
fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home
to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.


What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you
create and prioritize your list.


1. Anything that squeaks or creaks.


Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be
making? Perhaps it’s a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board?
You may be so used to it you no longer notice the sound. But buyers
will. Be sure to get those items fixed.


2. Anything that’s unsightly.


You don’t have to make your home look perfect. However, things that
are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus
on the terrific features of your property, not the scuff on the wall.


Take a walk through your property, including the yard. Pretend you’re
the buyer. Do you notice anything that doesn’t look good? If so, tidy it
up, fix it up or replace it.


3. Anything that’s broken.


If there’s anything that needs repair — an outside tap that’s not
working, or a sliding door that regularly careens off its runner — call
the contractor or fix it yourself.


Getting these items fixed will go a long way toward making your
home appealing to buyers.


Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call today.

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