If you are planning to stay in your home until retirement – design it for yourself. If the kids will be gone in 5 years and you plan to down-size, use that advantage of a designer’s view into the future, and strive to accomplish a few cutting edge ideas that won’t be stale by the time that moment arrives. If you’re planning on putting your home on the market in the Spring, better take a long, objective look around – set aside your emotions, and try to view it as a prospective buyer might.
Any realtor will tell you, (and watch your own behavior if your looking for a new home), buyers make their first stop in seeing a home , the kitchen. Immediately, if the cabinetry is worn, the floor is beat up and the appliances are on their last legs – the offer might come in $50-60K less because the buyer really has no idea what a new kitchen will cost. So, stay on top of that situation relative to your moving plans.