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Kitchen Confidential: A Trophy Kitchen Can Sell Your Home

A trophy kitchen like this can sell your homeDid you know that a trophy kitchen can sell your home better than anything else?

Nowadays you need a trophy kitchen to sell your house. Why? Because today’s buyers are looking for high-end appliances, gorgeously designed cabinets, and stone countertops. That’s right, data proves that the kitchen is the most important room when it comes to home buying and selling. A recent survey shows that 69% of homes for sale tout the kitchen as a selling point in their descriptions, compared to 49% that mention the bedrooms and 21% that mention the living room. Homes that have a luxury kitchen tend to sell 8% more quickly than similar homes in the same ZIP code.
If your kitchen is looking a bit dated, consider a remodel to upgrade its efficiency and looks. Here’s a quick guide to planning your kitchen update:
#1 Plan it out.
What do you want your finished kitchen to look like? Whether you draw your designs, get ideas from magazines, or use software, understanding the finished look of your kitchen is an essential first step.
#2 Measure your space.
How much space do you have to work with? Record the dimensions of your entire kitchen and use your measurements to plan your project.
#3 Choose storage options.
Consider adding more space through storage options: from standalone shelving to built-in turntables.
#4 Pick a color scheme.
Do you want your kitchen to stand out from the rest of your home, or blend in? Your color scheme will impact the appliance- and flooring-related aspects of your remodel. Don’t forget statement flooring: a big trend in 2018.
#5 Set your budget.
Remember to factor in the cost of permits and contract labor.
#6 Find a remodeling pro.
Unless you are an expert, you will probably need to hire a remodeler to update your kitchen. Always research local designers and contractors, check their references and interview at least three pros before deciding.
The bottom line: remodeling and redesigning your kitchen takes work. If you want to create a trophy kitchen, do it before you list your home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities. I’ll happily list your home and find you a new place to live at the same time. I’ve been selling real estate in Santa Barbara for more than 25 years and would be delighted to help you with all your real estate needs. Please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at

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