Kitchen cabinet upgrade helps sell house even before the job is done

Kitchen cabinet upgrade helps sell house even before the job is done

In early 2013, when Katherine Azuara and her family sought to sell their Libertyville home north of Chicago, they decided to update their kitchen with refurbished cabinets so the house would be more appealing when they put it on the market in the coming spring.

To her surprise, Azuara found a buyer before the remodeling job was even finished -- and she credits the new cabinets with helping make the sale.

She hired Jon Dawes, owner of  Northshore Finishing, located in nearby Mundelein, Ill. The $12,000 job included extensive repainting, wood grain fill and cabinet glazing that Azuara says completely transformed the room.

“Nobody would ever imagine this was the same kitchen,” she says. “The painted cabinets look so much richer.”

Over the course of the work, she says, Dawes proved to be nearly invisible. “He was so clean that every night we were still able to use our kitchen, even with the job in progress,” she says.

As it turned out, Dawes’ work proved to be instrumental in speeding up the sale, Azuara says. “As soon as he supplied a sample cabinet door, we left that out for a real estate showing and sold the house – months before we expected to.”

Azuara says Dawes was a great help in working simultaneously with visits from the buyers. “We had to ask Jon to work around inspections and appraisals, and he was great,” she says. “He was rushing around so the new buyers could see the cabinet doors in place during their inspection. I can’t say enough about Jon’s flexibility so we could keep the real estate transaction moving at the same time he was finishing his work.”

Azuara says her sole regret is that she won’t be able to enjoy the kitchen. “I only wish I’d worked with Jon five years earlier,” she says.


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