English: A modern kitchen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As an Interior Decorator, I am always keeping my eye on the housing market, and decor trends in general. I can not tell you how many times, I see homes on the market for 6 months with no viable offers. What is disturbing is the homeowners seem to be oblivious as to why their home isn't selling. A quick look through the pictures on the realtors site yields every clue needed. Why are these homes not selling? OLD OUTDATED KITCHENS.
I can not stress enough how important it is to UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN. I am limited to using all caps to drive this point home. People, if your home is 20 years old or more, chances are it needs an overhaul in the kitchen. Realistically speaking, most potential home buyers can deal with an outdated bath far easier than an outdated kitchen. After all kitchens are the hub of all family activities, where the potential home buyer envisions family gatherings, feasts, entertaining. No one wants old crusty appliances, cruddy counter tops, floors or dilapidated cabinets.
Take a look around, can cabinets be painted? Forget what you think about natural wood and think what a buyer may want. Some times the best way to cut the proverbial umbilical cord to a home we have sentimental attachments to is by radically giving it an overhaul. Paint, cabinet refacing, updated appliances, flooring..believe it or not it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg and it may get your home sold faster.
Your home is competing with new housing. Buyers in the 25-35 year old range do not want to see money filled projects the minute they walk in your door. What will keep them interested is what your home can offer above new construction, In addition to what new construction offers. Get your head out of the past and bring it into the future. Otherwise you will be sitting in your out dated home and dusting that "FOR SALE" sign off month after month. Year after year.