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Old 09-15-2008, 06:10 AM
 
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We are preparing our house to move and know we have to replace the microwave above the stove and, possibly, the stove. The home is in a nice neighborhood but is smallish [good starter or retiree home at 1650 sf, ranch]

This is a basic Ryan tract home built in 1995. Floors vinyl, off white, countertops white laminate. Oak cabinets. Here is the dilemma -

when we moved in we had a black side by side refrigerator which we may leave with the house - may take - nice 27 cubic foot unit ice in the door etc,. but it is about 10 years old. We replaced the dishwasher with a very nice black unit [so the dishwasher is a plus in terms of quality] the stove is the cheap standard electric unit that came with the house

(1) would you replace the stove - it works fine, the porcelain {paint?} is worn off some near one of the burners though.

(1a) what about painting the stove --- I know I have painted appliances before with appliance paint and did a good job, but I am not so sure about the cooktop.

(2) would you replace the microwave or just put in a vent fan. ufortunately it does not vent to the outside. Something needs to go there.

(3) Colorwise what would be the best approach? The dishwasher is only viewable from the kitchen, but the stove and refrigerator are more visible.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:53 AM
 
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I would replace the stove and the microwave with new units in black to match the rest of the appliances. If I were a buyer, I would reduce my offer if I had to buy a new stove and microwave, or if the appliances did not match that would bother me (even if the fridge wasn't included).

Or you could always do something like a "buyers credit" toward replacing those items. Sometimes that is an incentive to a buyer knowing that they can pick out the items themselves and you are acknowledging that they need to be replaced.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:33 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Talk to a realtor in your area, they would know best. Depending on the location and the price, new appliances may not make a difference.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:49 AM
 
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Black is a hard to match as white. I'd buy stainless. I would not paint the stove. Bjuy a used one.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Buy a black oven and microwave to leave with the home.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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We are preparing our house to move and know we have to replace the microwave above the stove and, possibly, the stove. The home is in a nice neighborhood but is smallish [good starter or retiree home at 1650 sf, ranch]

This is a basic Ryan tract home built in 1995. Floors vinyl, off white, countertops white laminate. Oak cabinets. Here is the dilemma -

when we moved in we had a black side by side refrigerator which we may leave with the house - may take - nice 27 cubic foot unit ice in the door etc,. but it is about 10 years old. We replaced the dishwasher with a very nice black unit [so the dishwasher is a plus in terms of quality] the stove is the cheap standard electric unit that came with the house

(1) would you replace the stove - it works fine, the porcelain {paint?} is worn off some near one of the burners though.

(1a) what about painting the stove --- I know I have painted appliances before with appliance paint and did a good job, but I am not so sure about the cooktop.

(2) would you replace the microwave or just put in a vent fan. ufortunately it does not vent to the outside. Something needs to go there.

(3) Colorwise what would be the best approach? The dishwasher is only viewable from the kitchen, but the stove and refrigerator are more visible.
Kitchens today are the biggest selling point in the home. All appliances must match. It is not that expensive to replace a stove and above range microwave oven. I would recommend both be done. You do not have to buy top of the line. You could probably replace both for about $550.00
I painted a fridge once...never again....the end result was not worth the time or effort! Since your fridge is black....keep the rest the same! You could even look in the classifieds...sometimes people get rid of like new appliances just because they get bored and want to change what they have out.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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i would definitely get the new stove and microwave. black, or black with stainless. I would also leave the frig. If your home is on the smaller side and could be considered a type of starter home, or first-time home, the benefit of having the appliances included would be huge. This could really make things more attractive to that buyer!
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