Post # 1
When you look at a prospective house – do you want the kitchen already done? Or would you rather tackle the project yourself?
On one hand, I think it’s great to have a totally finished, new kitchen.
On the other hand, what if it’s not to your tastes and there are things in the new kitchen you wouldn’t have picked for yourself (colors/counters/cabinets).
Would a new but not your tastes kitchen be a deal-breaker?
Post # 3
sometimes i see updated kitchens and they are just as ugly as an old kitchen, even though the cost of not having to renovate yourself is better, id rather have my own touches. i guess it depends on that particular house/kitchen
Post # 4
If I didn’t like the style, it would be just like having an old one that needed to be remodeled to me.
Post # 5
That’s how I feel too! Style is so subjective, IMO. of course, MY remodel would be fabulous 😉 but who cares what I think – I only care about the buyer! 🙂
Post # 6
Kitchens are the most expensive remodel with the highest return. You are paying a premium for a remodeled kitchen. I would lower your top budget by 30k and find a fab house with an out dated kitchen. Immediately redo the kitchen and you will immediately gain equity in the home. You can get 110%-150% return on your money.
Post # 7
My husband works for a general contractor…. so either way, if there is potential, we can handle it.
Post # 8
We are house hunting this weekend and I want a kitchen that is mostly done. I care more about layout than the actual details, but I dont mind doing a little freshening up. However given that I am 11 weeks pregnant I dont want to take on a huge project.
In another couple years I wouldnt mind taking on that project.
I think most people, however, would prefer to move into something “acceptable” rather than put the cash into a kitchen for several reasons
1) Its hard to imagine a kitchen redone when what is staring at you is dated
2) It takes cash. Just because you lower your budget on a house, doesnt mean you have the cash to redo a kitchen. If you lower your house budget by $40K that doesnt give you $40 to remodel, it only gives you the difference in downpayment. So if that is 20% down you were planning on, that is only $8 extra in your pocket.
3) Time and convenience. People dont want ot live in a construction zone. They have kids, they have busy jobs etc.
Post # 9
I love super modern minimalist kitchens, which almost nobody has, so i’d rather buy a home with a kitchen that needs to be redone with the intention of redoing it myself!
Post # 10
Omg, totally DIY!!! We got our house with a sketchy dilapidated kitchen, and it only cost us about $6k (and a lot of sweat) to get it looking the way we wanted to, excluding the appliances which were another 7k. Our real estate agent is confident that it will bring a much higher return when we sell the house (in a couple of years).
This way, we get something we love and something that will bring us good money in return. That being said, it’s important to shop around for highest quality products for a low price. It’s a big project, and if you don’t like big projects, a kitchen remodel could be bad for you.
Post # 11
@tksjewelry: that would definitely be my preference to. I’m on the other end of the spectrum (the selling end) and trying to decide if I should gut/remodel a kitchen or leave as is – and let the buyer remodel. From a sales perspective, it’s tough because if I remodel and the style isn’t appealing, then my investment isn’t recouped!
@Cady: lucky girl! 🙂
@ThreeMeers: I’m with you on your points. I agree that not everyone has extra money stashed for a big remodel project and might want to take it on (in theory) but it’s always a bigger project than you think. If I jump and do this remodel, I just hope it helps the house sell… if not, then it’s a very expensive gamble.
@crayfish: I would rather have one to remodel too! I recently saw a beautiful home with a brand new kitchen (that I hated) and all I could think about was what a complete waste to tear all that new stuff out!
Post # 12
@oracle: There are things you can do that spruce up the kitchen without a huge investment.
IE things to think about
- painting or just refacing cabinets
- if needed, new stove/fridge
- new tile floor and/or backsplash
Just those simple items can really increase the desireabililty of your kitchen without it costing a ton. Because even if people are willing to remodel, they will probably not want to do it ASAP and moving into a nice, but not the greatest kitchen has appeal because they wont feel rushed into the reno. It has more appeal.
Post # 13
My husband owns a small home repair company. We took our kitchen down to studs and subfloor. It’s almost done!!!
I will say that doing everything ourselves, even with DHs know-how was way more expensive than we thought and took a LOT longer to finish.
Post # 14
@ThreeMeers: we do have a ‘quick and dirty’ remodel plan, as well as a full-on remodel plan. I’m just a tad concerned the quick and dirty version (new counters, redo cabinets/paint, new skin/faucet) will end up having more issues as we get into it… and make me wish we didn’t touch it at all or redid completely….
Post # 15
We’re getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. We’ve already picked out the countertops and are in the process of getting the cabinets sorted out. The nice thing about the DIY route is that you can completely rearrange the kitchen. We’re not going <i>that</i> far because we don’t want to spend all the $$, but my Father-In-Law did that and the results were amazing. I’m glad we went ahead and bought the house as a bit of a blank slate. We’ve done a lot to the house to cater to our individual tastes and I think we’ll be happier in the long run by doing it that way.
Post # 16
If the kitchen was new and had features I would want to replace that were expensive, such as granite counter tops, under mount sinks, new appliances etc… I would advise to keep shopping. Up to date kitchens are a huge selling point, and price booster. So if you are particular in what you want you would be better off to spend the cash remodeling an older kitchen than to buy a new one and rip it out.
I really would have loved to have a brand new kitchen, but the house we purchased was perfect for us even if the kitchen doesn’t have what we love. Since really all we want to be changed are new counters and an under mount sink, it’s completely liveable until we decide to do so.
ETA: This totally depends on you and your husband’s willingness to DIY. Mine is NOT a project person and he’s not really handy, so most DIY projects around my house have been with a lot of grumbling on his part, or with my dad and I. It’s extremely frustrating. Other families I know LOVE to do this stuff together, and their husbands (or wives) are very knowledgeable, and a DIY house is great for them.