This Sherborn, MA home was listed in September 2013 for $549,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and has 1700 square feet. It was built in 1956 and is on 2.2 acres of land.
Sherborn is a very desirable town and many of the homes for sale there are priced well over $1,000,000. This home would be a great opportunity for a family with a lower price range to move into Sherborn. So why has it been on the market for close to three months? One reason I can see from the listing is this unwelcoming kitchen:
Kitchens and baths are high on buyer’s priority list when searching for a home. However, that doesn’t mean you have to completely renovate your outdated kitchens and baths before listing. Often times, all the home needs is to be staged and minor changes, such as painting, to be done to feel updated and desirable.
Here is what the kitchen could look like after making these minor changes:
Color: The green wall color in the original picture makes the room feel cold, especially with the white cabinets. It is also a taste specific color and most buyers would feel the need to repaint if they purchased the home. It is important buyers feel the home is “move-in ready”, therefore, we would recommend painting the walls a warm neutral color. Shown is the Benjamin Moore color Greenfield Pumpkin HC-40 from the Historical Collection. This rich color works well with the existing wood floor stain and adds some much needed warmth and drama.
Cabinets: The cabinets appear to be made of inexpensive laminate, which is something buyers would find unappealing. The dress them up and make them feel more updated and expensive, we would suggest adding oil rubbed bronze knobs that have the look of a pull. Specifically, we would recommend these Amerock Allison Rectangular Knobs from Lowes for $3.20/knob.
Stainless Steel Appliances: It is a great selling feature that the refrigerator is stainless steel, however, the oven and microwave are not. Although changing both the oven and microwave to stainless steel is best, by only changing the microwave (~$100) it would give the appearance that all the appliances are stainless steel since the oven blends in with the cabinets.
Staging: Hanging a modern piece of art on the wall adds interest and more color to this kitchen. In the Photoshop picture shown, we chose a piece from West Elm called Weathered Stripes for $99, although a less expensive piece of art from Home Goods would also work. What is great about this piece from West Elm is the white mat brings over the white of the cabinets from the opposite wall, while the black frame ties the black countertops in with the rest of the room. It also adds some additional color, and a touch of red, which we would use as the accent color for the room.
A plant was added to bring life to the room and lastly, we would add additional accessories in red, as shown with the trio of red mixing bowls.
Overall, this kitchen was lacking warmth and interest. For under $350, this kitchen now entices buyers instead of scaring them away.