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The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home…and the Home Sale

The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home...and the Home SaleThe kitchen is the heart of the home…and the home sale.  Have you noticed that, whenever you have guests over, you inevitably end up in the kitchen?  This is especially true when you have an open floor plan that allows a direct line-of-sight from the kitchen to the family room.  If you are considering selling your Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home in the next six months to a year, you may want to take a good look at your kitchen to see if it is in dire need of an update.

Making your kitchen a showpiece doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank with a major renovation.  Sometimes, small touches here and there can create a brighter, more appealing, up-to-date look for pennies.  A bit of paint, new hardware on the cabinets and doors, a simple backsplash or crown molding can breathe new life into an old room.  Even a good deep cleaning can turn a dull kitchen into one that Twin Lakes buyers will find appealing.

The trick to determining whether a few minor changes are enough or if you need to completely overhaul your kitchen is to check out what’s happening in other Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake homes in your area.  You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars by adding travertine tile, brand new stainless steel appliances and granite countertops just to price yourself completely out of the market.  On the other hand, if your cute country kitchen is competing against homes with much more modern accoutrements, a simple coat of paint won’t do.  Visit open houses near you to get an idea of what is the standard fare in your neighborhood.  Take a look at photos in your local MLS to see what those kitchens look like.

It’s true.  The kitchen is the heart of the home…and the home sale.  Making your kitchen a showpiece depends primarily on what condition it is currently in as well as what is happening in your local real estate market.  Contact us now if you’re interested in selling your Lake of the Ozarks/Truman Lake home.  We can help you decide just where your kitchen stands with the competition and we’re always happy to help.

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