Kitchen Remodels

Linda DeFilippo, one of Howard Hanna | Rand Realty's top producing agents in Clarkstown, New York knows the home updates today's buyers are looking for - and the kitchen is top of the list.

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Oh the heart of the home! The kitchen is where families gather to cook, eat, and socialize. Buyers are looking for kitchens that are functional and inviting, and an updated kitchen can make a big difference. But, are kitchen updates worth the time, money and effort when you're thinking about selling? Linda DeFilippo, a top real estate agent in Clarkstown, New York gives her insight on the topic:

"All of the homes that I've had on the market so far this year that had an updated kitchen, the impression that it left on buyers, I'll tell you - it was everlasting."

What does Linda know about buyers and their tastes? Of the hundreds of homes Linda has sold in her two-plus decades of being in real estate, over half of her clients have been buyers. Every week Linda is out with clients guiding them through their home search. She has her finger on the pulse when it comes to what the modern Rockland County buyer is searching for, and uses that insight to help guide her clients when they're selling their home.

Here are 4 reasons Linda finds a kitchen remodel to be one of the greatest updates you can do before selling your home.

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1. An Inviting Impression

Upgrading your kitchen can enhance the overall appearance and make it more appealing to potential buyers. Modern and attractive kitchen designs can leave a lasting impression and increase the perceived value of your home, all while making your home feel warm and inviting. For any buyer who loves to entertain, an inviting space, the kitchen especially, is going to be important!

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2. Enhanced Functionality

If your kitchen is from the 1900s, it's probably the perfect contender for a remodel. Our lifestyles have changed a lot over the last few years, let alone last few decades, and with that, the way in which we live in our homes has changed as well. A well-designed kitchen remodel can optimize the layout, storage, and workspace, making it more functional for the modern day homeowner. Buyers are often willing to pay more for a kitchen that offers a great layout with added convenience and ease of use.

3. Competitive Advantage

Even in a "hot" real estate market like we've been experiencing since 2020, having a recently remodeled kitchen can give your home an edge over similar properties, attracting more potential buyers and possibly leading to faster sales. For the average homebuyer, the less work they have to do when they move in, the better. Give your home the competitive edge with an updated kitchen that compliments the rest of your home!

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4. Energy Efficient

New appliances and light fixtures can help to reduce energy costs. This is a major selling point for buyers who appreciate the savings on their energy bills. A study by the National Association of Realtors found that homes with energy efficient appliances sell for an average of $10,000 more than homes with outdated appliances.

Looking for ways to save on energy without spending a dime? Appliances that are turned off but plugged in can still draw energy, so remember to unplug your smaller appliances when not in use!

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Don't forget, it's essential to strike a balance between the cost of the remodel and the potential increase in home value. Over-investing in a kitchen remodel might not always yield a proportional increase in the property's selling price. It's a good idea to research local real estate trends and consult with a real estate agent or an appraiser to make informed decisions about your remodel project.
If you have questions about your home or others in Rockland County, reach out to Linda DeFilippo to tap into her years of guidance and expertise.

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