Putting your house on the market and wondering what improvements could increase resale value? Over and over again, buyers list upgraded kitchens as one of the most important things they’re looking for. A fresh kitchen appearance with a timeless design adds to your home’s move-in ready status. If prospective buyers can stand in your kitchen and imagine themselves there with family or friends, the rest of the walk-through will be a breeze!
The first thing a buyer scans when entering the kitchen is the countertops. If yours are decades old, consider budgeting for an update. Classic and durable options exist for all price points. If this is your only necessary update and you can afford it, consider quartz. It’s highly sustainable and also offers germ resistance with its non-porous composition. Need a more efficient solution? Today’s laminates are budget-friendly and look deceivingly sophisticated. When it comes to color, remember you want to appeal to the widest audience. Neutrals, classic wood tones and fresh whites are best.
If the structures of your cabinets are in good shape, a remodel of door style and color may be the solution. Two-tone cabinets give a modern look and can be achieved by using the dual-tone on each cabinet or for the most modern appeal, try using a light color for upper cabinets and a darker, complementary color on lower sets.
After years of use, cabinet hardware can look and feel less than clean. Replace your old knobs with a modern set of handles or cup pulls in a contemporary metal finish like bronze, brass or stainless steel.
Does your kitchen get all its lighting from an old-fashioned dome housing fluorescent tubes? Buyers look for unique and modern lighting – and lots of it! Task lighting can be added under cabinets or with canopy fixtures hanging above an island. Chandeliers and pendants are still popular and lend a sophisticated accent. Small kitchens can benefit from recessed or track lighting. And whether the lighting is for task or ambiance, quality of light is important too. Consider LED lighting for energy efficiency.
Kitchens are often the first room a buyer wants to see, so before you hit the market, make sure yours looks inviting to buyers.
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