How do I change my white appliances?


I met with a realtor and was told I need to get rid of all my white appliances because white is out, is that true ?

  10 answers
  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Nov 02, 2018

    Preference to whom buys it. I think White is better b/c the smaller appliances can be any color.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 02, 2018

    Hello Pat,

    I would think age and condition matter as well as whats common in real estate in your area.

    Frankly I find stainless steel irritating to clean and care for, I have had stainless since 2008.

  • Kc Kc on Nov 02, 2018

    Find another realtor. If the appliances are in good working order and still look good (no rust or major dents) then there is no reason to buy new ones. If a second realtor tells you to change the color, consider having them painted for a fraction of the cost of new appliances.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 02, 2018

    Agree with Kc. Dump your realtor...unless he or she agrees to take the cost of stainless appliances off their commission...

  • Not true at all! Appliances of al colors are in right now.

  • Gk Gk on Nov 02, 2018

    If you have old white appliances-perhaps that is what your realtor meant. People looking for a new home do take into consideration whether or not they need to pay to replace old appliances on top of making house payments for a new home. If you did purchase new appliances you can adjust the price of your home to take that cost into consideration. Sometimes the new appliances can make a difference in deciding between 2 homes. Personally--I don't like stainless steel either!! I bought General Electric Slate Gray appliances--best ever--no fingerprints and easy to clean!!

  • I agree with others, dump your realtor and find a new one. As long as they are in good working order it doesn't matter. Show them this string of "suggestions." There are so many styles out there you can't meet the needs of everyone. They like your house or they don't. I never ever base my decision on the purchase of a home based solely on existing appliances.

    There are appliance "skins" you can purchase as well as appliance paint.

    If it were me, I would bump the listing price up a few bucks (cost of mid range stainless replacements - say $5,000), and if it is a bone of contention, you can "come down" on the price and still get what you need to get out of the house cash wise.

    I have black appliances, but it wasn't by choice, and I personally detest stainless for more reasons than I can count, but that's me. Next round going back to white.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Nov 02, 2018
    Hi Pat, sorry for your dilemma. I love my white appliances, and I don't think white ever goes out of style. What's the Best Appliance Finish for your Kitchen in 2018 ...
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    Slate is a relatively a new color in appliances. However, its matte finish and grey tone is definitely winning the favor of many consumers. Slate is unique and for unique people because most people own appliances in stainless steel, black stainless steel or white.

  • William William on Nov 02, 2018

    Just as most suggest! As a former residential realtor and currently a commercial realtor consultant DUMP HIM/HER. Any appliances will sell a home no matter what color they are. Buyers just want working appliances. They may want to replace them but you don't know what they like and neither does the realtor. You will never get the return investing in new appliances anyway. Do not hire this realtor or he/she may steer you in the wrong direction with other petty things. Removing clutter, fresh neutral paint, maybe updated light fixtures, removing personal decor would be advisable.

  • Chris Gignac Chris Gignac on Nov 03, 2018

    I have to agree. Working appliances despite the color makes no difference. The last thing you wanna do when selling your house is to put a bunch of money into it. Potential homebuyers have wish lists and they have need lists. Most would love brand spanking new appliances in trendy fashion. What they need is well cared for working appliances.

    This is not a knock against realtors. There paycheck on the sale of your house, is a reflection of how much your house sells for, keep that in mind when they start asking you to replace a bunch of stuff.