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September 5, 2007

It’s Not the Kitchen Cabinets – It’s the Knobs!

Filed under: Real Estate: Condominiums — Center City Philadelphia Real Estate Agent @ 1:51 pm
I live in a lovely loft downtown Philadelphia condominium. My condo was featured on HGTV. I won the somewhat prestigious Philadelphia Magazine Kitchen of the Year contest in 2005. People see my kitchen, and out come the “oohs” and the inevitable “aahs”. Yeah, my kitchen is pretty groovy.
But ya’ know what….?
My kitchen is from Home Depot. Nothing special there. A nice Kraftmaid cabinet done in a simple off-white Mission style. Nothing dramatic or awe-inspiring.  No high-dollar custom cabinets. Just simply done.


Nothing special, of course, besides the $26 simple crystal knobs and pulls with a matte finished nickel base that cover the face of my cabinets. And this is where I got the most bang for my buck.
Kitchens cabinets are cabinets. They all have doors and drawers.   And the base cabinets all sit 34” high and 24” off the wall. If you’ve seen one, you’ve kinda’ seen them all. Variations on a theme, let’s call it. Wide variations, but variations none the less. The eye is less drawn to a cabinet, as we see them daily, in my opinion.


But the one surefire way to dress up that cabinet is with a really nice, non-gaudy knob or pull. It adds a certain flair to the cabinet, and the right knob or pull can really make all the difference in the world.
You will notice now… go to any kitchen cabinet showroom, and find your favorite display. Now compare the knobs and pulls with other displays.
I know it sounds minor, and maybe not worth an entire blog entry… but what is important here is the entire concept of SHOWING ABILITY. You have to capture the buyers’ emotions… and a dressed up, eye-catching, cabinet is one easy way to do that in the kitchen of your Center City condominium.
I will be hammering on this topic (showing ability) ad nauseam.


And just an FYI… in a kitchen, Knobs are generally applied to Drawers, while Pulls are generally applied to Doors.


Let me show you how easy it is to dress up your Center City condo to increase its showing ability and thus increase its price and selling ability. Give me a call today at 215-521-1523 or drop me an email at


Mark Wade
Prudential Fox and Roach REALTORS®
530 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106







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