How a Kitchen Sells a Home

Make that kitchen bright – 3940 Wentwood Drive. Listed for $2,399,000. Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

When it comes to choosing a home, a kitchen is nearly always the most important room to perspective buyers. So, as a seller, you should be thinking about how to put your best foot forward in that department. Here’s how.

We asked our expert agents about the importance of an updated kitchen when a home is on the market.

“We often head toward the kitchen so we can get a better feel for the house at the beginning of the tour. At the end of the tour, the kitchen is where we tend to decide whether we will make an offer. Buyers want updated appliances and neutral colors. A travertine backsplash and flooring gives an opulent feel. If you have the right kitchen update, your chance of selling at as close to asking price as possible really increases.”

Open concept kitchen – 9532 Bella Terra Drive | Listed for $2,449,000

9532 Bella Terra Drive Fort Worth 76126, John Zimmerman, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Fort Worth-open kitchen

“I always recommend a gas cooktop. Nearly every buyer looks for ample cabinet space in the kitchen, so creative storage – for instance, a vertical spice rack cabinet or magnetized storage on the backsplash for spices and knives – give a good impression. Other upgrades that impress include in-counter storage for everyday food items, recessed paper towel holders, a storage drawer under the sink and even a foot pedal to turn on the sink while you’re cooking.”

Gas cooktop, pro-level – 11719 El Hara Circle | Listed for $1,179,000

11719 El Hara Circle Dallas 75230, Lisa Besserer, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in North Dallas-gas range in kitchen

“The key is a light look and great appliances. The real estate market right now is all about very light, bright – and probably white – kitchens. Carrera marble and quartzite countertops, and light, painted cabinets continue to be on trend for kitchens. When it comes to appliances, I recommend a high-end gas range with six burners if possible and double ovens. The extras can include a third oven, steamer, warmer, wine refrigerator and a pot-filler near the range.”

Beautiful countertops – 3303 Pembrooke Parkway | Listed for $396,500

3303 Pembrooke Pkwy Colleyville 76034, Nancy Dennis, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Colleyville-kitchen

“It depends on the area and the price point, but high-end appliances and quality cabinetry are important. Buyers are also moving away from granite toward marble or quartzite countertops and more creative backsplashes. I’ve seen concrete, aluminum and glass tiles recently, and one homeowner even added windows between the upper cabinets and the countertop instead of a tile backsplash. The windows added light and a view of the yard. Anything to bring in more natural light is a good investment.”

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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