Prospective buyers will look through your home but a significant part of your home that appeals to potential buyers of your home is usually your kitchen. Therefore, when preparing a house to sell or when you build a house for the first time, it is important to pay careful attention to your kitchen.
Let us guide you through having a kitchen that will help attract the largest number of potential buyers and get you the highest offers for your home.
Pay attention to the cleanliness of your kitchen. When it’s time to sell your home, make sure to clean it top to bottom, inside and out. Make sure you polish your countertops, faucets and check that all your surfaces are squeaky clean. Grout in your tile should also be cleaned. Maintain and clean your kitchen frequently while your home is on the market to keep it looking its best.
If your appliances are only a few years old and are in good working condition, there’s no need for you to upgrade them. However, there are some cases in which an appliance upgrade could help you sell your home a bit faster — and for more money. When upgrading your appliances, take into consideration the brand and if they are energy-efficient. This is not only good for the environment but would also save a buyer potential energy costs over time, making your home more attractive to them.
Another thing that potential home buyers take a look into is your cabinets. The color and how well they blend into the kitchen is important to them. If the color of your cabinets has already worn off, you can DIY repainting them yourself or hire a professional to do it for you. Color your cabinets depending on the style of your home. You might also want to check your knobs, update or replace old ones. A couple of touch-ups to your cabinets will make them look sleek and stylish.
There are a variety of color schemes that you can choose for your kitchen. White and gray are in right now, same with wood and natural-looking colors and surfaces. Any colors will work, but at the end of the day, warm tones and neutral colors will make it easier for potential buyers to see themselves in your home without any distractions, helping your home sell faster.
Another thing to consider is the lighting in your kitchen. Is it outdated? Is there not enough of it? Install modern lighting that will help enhance how clean and fresh your kitchen is. Make sure to use energy-efficient light bulbs. Also, replace broken or dim bulbs with new ones. You can also try putting under-cabinet lighting that will help brighten the counter space in your kitchen.
For most households, the kitchen is the most used place in the house where they entertain friends and family and do a lot of their “day-to-day”. That’s why most homebuyers prefer a kitchen that has plenty of space. A kitchen island is a great idea where you can prepare your food, or it can also serve as your dining area when you have an intimate gathering with friends. At the end of the day, you want a kitchen that is useful and that your buyers can easily see spending time in.
Is It Worth It To Remodel?
If you plan to sell your home, you might want to consider remodeling your kitchen. But only do so if you think the enhancements will net you a higher sale price for your home. First and foremost, ask a professional and get a quote on how much you might spend on remodeling your kitchen. Once you have that number, you can work with your Real Estate agent to determine the return on that investment you are likely to make.