How much is that granite counter top worth to you?

Call Vanessa Today!!I recently read an article online on the site written by Samuel Weigley*, showing the percentage of home buyers who would actually be willing to pay for an improvement and the amount they’d be willing to pay for that additional improvement.

Weigley’s article is fascinating!

Here are a few of the high-lights of his article:

Granite counter tops

According to the article, 55% of home buyers who purchased a home without granite counter tops would pay extra if the home would have granite counter tops – approximately $1,620 more.

Stainless steel appliances

41% of homeowners would be willing to pay an extra $1,850 for stainless steel appliances. However, there are new colors coming on the market, so it will be interesting to see what that percentage is later.

Master Bedroom Walk-in Closets

Another high percentage would pay to have a walk-in closet off the Master Bedroom! The majority of home buyers see this as a “very important” feature when buying their next home. Not only is it a great place to store your clothes, but it is becoming a status symbol.

This got me thinking ….

If you’re planning to list your home on the Outer Banks, you may want to have it staged before presenting it to potential buyers. Not a full remodel, but strategically placing items or recoloring to attract more buyers.  If you’re wondering about this, there are some things you may want to keep in mind …..


Your home furnishing may be a bit dated. Can your furniture be updated with just adding a bit of color or moving around?

Color Scheme:

Does your color scheme flow from room to room? Do the colors coordinate or are the rooms broken up by different room colors or themes? Could your colors distract from the great structure of your house? Can the home be tied together so your home looks like everything belongs together and flows?


Are there a lot of great photos and figurines decorating the shelves and mantel? As I may have mentioned, photos (even framed) may be distracting to buyers walking through your home. The idea is to have the buyer envision themselves LIVING in your home – personal photos distract from that goal. Less is more ….

Summer is almost here!! There’s a lot of activity right now and it’s only going to get hotter!! If you’re thinking about listing your home, call me today!

*to read the full article, click here or follow Samuel Weigley on