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Old 12-10-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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But I'm tall and having to bend down for the stove is dangerous.


For me it depends on the space. I have almost no counterspace so I don't even have a microwave. When we update the kitchen, I'm getting an over-the-range one because it's really the only practical thing to do.

Just get a cheap one that fits the space best and don't worry about it too much.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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Thank you very much for all the input! It sounds like the general concensus is that most people don't like over the range microwaves. At 5'1", it has been a bit of a challenge to work with for me. The good news is that it looks like it would actually be cheaper to have a simple vent hood installed and buy a counter top microwave than to buy a replacement for my current arrangement, so that sounds like a win/win situation!

One of my favorite things about this house, and one of the main reasons I chose it when I was shopping, is that the kitchen is very spacious for a small (1,000 sq ft) house. There is plenty of counter space for a microwave. (Picture attached - taken by previous sellers, pre-microwave installation, apparently)

I'll probably be back with many more first-time home seller questions before all this is said and done! I have loved this little house, but I probably wouldn't recommend a 70+ year old house to other future first-time home buyers. It has been quite an adventure...
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Long Beach
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Depending on the size of your kitchen, you might want to save counter space by replacing the microwave/hood combo. A home shows better with clutter-free counter space. However, if you can live without your microwave during the sale of your home, add a hood only above the stove. It will give the kitchen an updated look and feel.

Hope that helps.

-Chamois
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I'm 5'2" & love my microhood. I have a small kitchen with limited counter space, so a microhood was ideal for me.

No matter where you put the microwave, to me, the main goal is to have a counter top nearby to immediately set hot food on when your fingers/hands are burning. Same goes for wall ovens.

If I had a larger kitchen, putting a microwave into a built-in cabinet area at counter top level would be ideal since I'm so short--with a countertop nearby, of course.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:13 PM
 
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If I had a larger kitchen, putting a microwave into a built-in cabinet area at counter top level would be ideal since I'm so short--with a countertop nearby, of course.
FWIW, if you get to this point simply consider building in a "cutting board" that slides out from directly under the microwave. My parents did that back in ~1978 with the house I grew up in and again about 3 years ago when they built their "dream" retirement home. Simple solution that I'm amazed just doesn't exist more often.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Utah
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FWIW, if you get to this point simply consider building in a "cutting board" that slides out from directly under the microwave. My parents did that back in ~1978 with the house I grew up in and again about 3 years ago when they built their "dream" retirement home. Simple solution that I'm amazed just doesn't exist more often.
Smart idea. Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I don't know if you've made up your mind, but the first thing most buyers look at when walking in the kitchen is counter space. I'm going to assume this home would be attractive to first time home buyers, so I wouldn't do a big improvement or anything. Just replace the microwave with another model and save your counter space.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Canada - Pakistan
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The idea of replacing your Oven with the cheaper one is very good. Why bother if you are planning to move out. I have seen some cheap one's but they look very good if installed. And the look of a new oven will be very good. So, think about replacing it and taking the one you like with you.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Is there an outside vent for a microwave exhaust fan? If not, you would need to put one in if you installed a hood. That's a can of worms you don't need to open if you're moving. Also, I would hate to take up counter space with a microwave.
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Is there an outside vent for a microwave exhaust fan? If not, you would need to put one in if you installed a hood. That's a can of worms you don't need to open if you're moving. Also, I would hate to take up counter space with a microwave.
Most of them allow for recirculating air if there is no outside vent. They don't work very well, but plenty of people have them and use them that way

To the OP, despite my personal preference for a separate, truly functional vent hood, I still recommend that you use a microhood for resale. It's the standard at this point, and what most buyers would want. And from that photo, that really is not a lot of counter space, and you are better off keeping it as empty as possible.
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