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Caring for Complicated Cabinets

Cabinets are funny things. We need them, we use them constantly, but we also take them for granted. We forget they exist, in most cases, which is kind of their point. Cabinets, after all, exist to store things that we don’t want lying around, and if they were always calling attention to themselves then what would be the point of using them in the first place?

That being said, it might come as a surprise to you that the anonymous presence of your own cabinets might not register the same way for potential buyers of the home. As is often the case for people/things that we spend a lot of time with, we begin to forget what makes them truly themselves. When it comes to other humans in our lives, this is a particularly dangerous event as it can often lead to people feeling devalued or ignored. When it comes to objects, the hurt feelings are – obviously – not an issue, but other factors rise that cannot be ignored.

While you prepare your home for viewings by potential buyers, reacquaint yourself with the cabinets throughout the house. Are they damaged? Are they covered in a flaking coat of paint? Are their knobs dirty or dated? Cabinet maintenance can run the gamut in terms of being simple or complex, and only you can decide which option you need to take.

If there aren’t major structural flaws with the cabinets, then you might consider simply applying a fresh coat of paint. In some cases, replacing the cabinet hardware with less garish or dated concepts might be a good option to consider. While it does require some rolled up sleeves and a few tools, the work that you put into updating and refreshing your cabinets can transform otherwise drab bathrooms and kitchens into charming spaces where people will find themselves saying things like, “Cuuuuuuute!”

For damaged cabinets, the options are more dire. Replacing them can quickly become a cost-prohibitive enterprise, which leads home sellers to a tricky question: do you invest in new cabinets in the hopes that it will translate to a larger selling price for the home, or do you accept a slightly lower sale price in exchange for letting the home buyers take care of the cabinet issue?

Strange how something as seemingly benign as cabinets can become such an important issue.

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