When you’re selling your home, having an up to date kitchen is one of the most important elements to engaging a buyer. Ask any broker and they’ll tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, renovating an entire kitchen is extremely pricey. In this guide I’ll share with you some of the best ways to prep your kitchen to appeal to buyers. Good news is that these ways will be affordable!
Cabinets can be fixed up by re-facing them instead of doing a complete renovation. If they’re done well, they’ll look as good as new. There are so many options to choose from when re-facing, so select something that will have a modern feel. This will make your old and scratched up cabinets look fresh.
Do you have laminate countertops? This was a common material used for kitchen counters, but unfortunately it’s out of date. Chances are it’s also all scratched up and faded.
If this is the case, then it’s extremely important you make a change. Many people think that replacing counters will cost sky high prices, but there are affordable ways of doing it. In fact, new counters make up for about 15% of an entire kitchen renovation. New counter tops can completely change the look.
There’s another option if you choose not to reface your cabinets. Update your hardware! Replacing the hardware can get expensive, but there are many affordable options. Stores like home depot have affordable options.
One of the most important parts to a great room is how much light it gets. If it doesn’t get natural light, does it have enough lights to make it feel bright? If not, consider adding lighting under the cabinets. This will also make the kitchen look real modern and chic, while adding a nice touch of ambient lighting.
Most electricians will know how to custom install these lights. You can find different lighting options at most home renovation stores, like Home Depot. You’ll probably only need four or five small lights under the cabinets, but this depends on how much space you have.
There are still some other things to work on, such as new appliances and flooring. However, this can get quite expensive. If the floors are wood, then do a simple buff. Remember, the money you put into your kitchen is an investment and when you sell your home, it should pay off!