If you’re getting ready to sell your home, you may already know that a really great kitchen can help ‘seal the deal’.
But how do you get that great kitchen without investing a lot of money, time, and effort into a home you’re leaving behind?
To help you get your home sold, we’ve rounded up some quick, easy ideas that can update your kitchen and give it a fresh look. Make a list of the changes you want to make in your kitchen and then prioritize your list according to what’s needed most, your budget, and your timeline.
Do your research
It’s a good idea to know what buyers in your area are looking for and what your competition looks like. Devote a little weekend time to visiting open houses in your area. Who knows? You might get some great ideas for your house!
Break out the paint rollers
A fresh coat of paint does wonder for making your kitchen look fresh and new. Just make sure that you properly prep your surfaces before painting. Fill and sand all nicks and holes or your fresh paint won’t look so fresh!
Choose low VOC paint. Its lack of odor won’t bother home buyers who might be sensitive – and it won’t have people guessing what you’re trying to cover up!
Upgrade the lighting
Add lighting wherever you can or at least upgrade old light fixtures. Brushed stainless steel and nickel are popular choices for many buyers.
Remove or replace window coverings
Take down window treatments and leave them off if you can. If you need something for privacy, choose something light and minimalist. It’s important to bring as much natural light as possible into the kitchen.
Add a new backsplash
Invest in glass, mirror, or metal tiles for a modern looking backsplash that bounces light around the room.
Change your kitchen hardware
Replacing cabinet hardware, switch plates, etc. is one of the most cost-effective changes you can make. This article has tips for choosing new cabinet hardware and you can find installation instructions here.
Add at least one power outlet with USB ports
Replace at least one regular outlet with an outlet that has built-in USB ports. They’re easy to install and are especially popular with younger buyers.
Just don’t install it near a sink, stove or baking station; water, grease, and flour don’t play well with electronics!
Clear off those counters
Clutter makes counters look smaller and indicates there might not be enough cabinet storage. Don’t scare away potential buyers by letting them think there’s not enough room for their kitchen items. Remember, less is more.
This is a great opportunity to start packing and the more you pack now, the less you’ll need to do later!
If you don’t have a pantry, it’s time to create one! There are many options available for adding extra storage to your kitchen or making it more convenient. Remember, buyers need to be able to picture their stuff in your kitchen. Don’t cram your newly organized cabinets – keep them looking as spacious as possible.
Keep it smelling fresh
If you can, leave a window open to let in fresh air. Use odor neutralizers in sink cabinets and near the trash.
Pots of herbs smell nice and help buyers picture themselves cooking in your kitchen. If they can picture themselves using a kitchen, they’re more likely to remember that kitchen when it’s time to buy.
Contact us if your kitchen needs more extensive work. Our experience and expertise will let us design a kitchen that could start a bidding war!