As a real estate agent in northeast Twin Cities metro area, I see many homes in various price ranges and conditions. One thing that always confounds me is when I see beautiful kitchen with newer floors and counters and an old vent fan above the stove. This is something people tend to overlook in their homes. This trend is probably due to most Minnesotans being taught from birth to be frugal and when something "works just fine" we tend to "make-do".
In most cases, The Kitchen Sells the Home! People focus on two areas of the home: the kitchen and the bathroom. It is imperative that both areas be clean and look their best!
When selling your home, don't "make-do" with the old stove vent fan no matter how nice it still looks. Replace with a combination microwave/stove fan. It clears up the counter space and adds tremendous value to the kitchen. It is also inexpensive. A new vent fan runs $40-50. For another fifty-bucks or so, you can purchase a microwave/fan combo. Check scratch and dent discounters or clearance areas for good deals. Make certain that the color you choose matches the range...A black microwave in a new white kitchen is a turnoff.
Sure the buyer could make the change for less than $200 too...But if it is done prior to the seller listing the home, it can mean a faster sale and possibly a bigger check at closing!
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