Whether your home has been sitting on the market for a while or you are considering selling it in the future, one of the most effective ways to entice potential buyers is with a great kitchen. The kitchen is the one room that can either make or break the sale of your house. So, if your kitchen is looking less than irresistible, completing a kitchen remodel may be the thing that makes your home a must-buy. The good news is you do not (and should not) need to spend a fortune on a kitchen remodel. Here are five ways to turn your kitchen from dull and drab to a buyer's dream.
Paint is a great way to give the kitchen a facelift without spending a fortune. Keep in mind that just because you prefer a neon green kitchen, doesn’t mean potential buyers will find this color scheme attractive. You want to keep the style and color scheme simple. When choosing a paint color, the lighter the better, but avoid stark white. Gray tones, creams, off-whites and tan shades will brighten the space while creating an appealing contrast to the countertops, flooring and cabinets.
Lighting that Wows
Lighting is the perfect way to make the kitchen feel more open and inviting. Make sure pendant lights and/or track lighting is up-to-date, and if they're not, go ahead and make a small investment into more modern fixtures. Another easy way to improve lighting in the kitchen is with under-the-cabinet lighting. These types of lights are fairly inexpensive, easy to install and will provide a well-lit workspace.
There are several options to choose from when it comes to countertops, but a solid surface, such as granite or quartz, is the most popular choice. Potential buyers expect a kitchen to have a solid, durable workspace, so if the current countertops are less than ideal, it will be worth the investment to install something different. If installing new granite countertops is out of your budget, the next preferred choice should be pulverized quartz in a pattern that resembles granite. This will provide the solid surface that buyers look for without forcing you to spend a fortune.
The kitchen cabinets are one of the first things potential buyers notice about the kitchen. If the cabinets are old, worn and unattractive, it may interfere with the sale of your home. Installing all new cabinets can be expensive, but the good news is there are a few different ways to give them a modern makeover without breaking your budget. Cabinet redooring is an easy, inexpensive way to completely change the look of your existing cabinets. Redooring keeps the existing cabinets in place and simply updates the doors with newer, more modern ones. With redooring and installing new hardware, you instantly have clean, modern cabinets.
Drab to Dazzling Flooring
If the flooring in your kitchen needs to be replaced, consider installing wood flooring. Wood floors provide a clean, comfortable feeling and instantly increase the value of a kitchen. If quality hardwood flooring isn’t in your budget, consider less expensive flooring, such as vinyl or porcelain that resembles the look of wood flooring.
Regardless of how many improvements you do to the kitchen, potential buyers must be able to imagine the space as their own. So it's essential that you keep the space as clean as possible, remove all of the clutter and do not leave out personal items like family photos. Another great trick is to use fresh, colorful flowers and/or fruits as decoration. They are an affordable way to add a pop of color to the kitchen as well as give it an amazing aroma.
Contact Kitchen Tune-Up to learn more about how we can help you transform your kitchen into one that will have buyers fighting over your home.