Home design trends that will win over buyers

  • Home design trends that will win over buyers

    Bathrooms and kitchens influence buyers

    You really can't go wrong with spending money on remodeling your kitchen or your bathrooms.

    Buyers really like these areas modern and fresh -- and homeowners are taking notice. But remodeling them doesn't come cheap. The average kitchen remodeling costs $28,030 -- $7,133 for smaller budgets and $54,942 for big ones -- while bathroom "redos" cost an average of $10,422 -- that's $2,896 on the low end and $25,018 on the high end -- according to the Houzz.com survey.

    What do buyers look for in the kitchen?

    You can spend a lot in a kitchen makeover, but if you're short on funds, go for the appliances.

    According to a survey of homebuyer preferences by the National Association of Realtors, 56 percent of buyers want new appliances in the kitchen, and most wind up purchasing a house with newer appliances. In fact, buyers said they would pay nearly $2,000 more for a home with newer appliances.

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