The kitchen is one of the most important interiors that potential home buyers look at first.
Kitchen remodeling is pretty time and money consuming which makes it a process that most buyers would be happy to avoid. A kitchen that looks good will significantly up the market worth of your property and will help you sell your house faster. So whether you’ve already put your house on the market and have a hard time finding a buyer or you are just about to list your property, be sure to check out these amazing tips for making your kitchen more interesting for potential buyers!
Know your goals
What does the perfect kitchen look like? It looks and feels fresh and clean, it’s spacious full of light. There is plenty of space not only on the countertops but also in the cabinets. It looks modern and welcoming and doesn’t have any dated elements. The overall effect should make the buyer easily imagine himself or herself using your kitchen. Be sure that you don’t make your kitchen look too empty, though – it should be clean and spacious, but if you remove any signs of life from it, it will look cold and discouraging. That’s why for example a plate full of fresh fruits and some spices on display are always nice touches worth going for.
Paint the walls
Giving your kitchen a new paint job is one of the cheapest ways to make it look better. If you haven’t done it before, go for a color that perfectly matches the color of the cabinets. Even if you have painted kitchen recently, be sure to check the walls for any imperfections and remove them all. The devil is in the details!
Have it professionally cleaned
No kitchen will look attractive to the potential buyers unless it’s sparkling clean. Even the priciest kitchen appliances and custom-made cabinets will look bad if they are dirty. Why hire a professional? For one, you can save up on your precious time. Plus a professional cleaning guarantees the best possible effect.
Take care of the windows
The kitchen windows must be impeccably clean too. They will let in more daylight this way which is a super important thing. If you have heavy window decor in your kitchen, better remove it and switch for light, sheer curtains. Such delicate window decor will make your kitchen look more spacious and welcoming.
Take a look at the flooring
All real estate agents will agree on the fact that hardwood flooring is undeniably one of the most coveted features in a home that potential buyers look for. Granted, hardwood flooring is pretty pricey so if you don’t have one in your kitchen it’s rather not worth it to invest in it. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t go for the wood look anyways. There are plenty of tiles or floor panels that mimic this look!
Organize your stuff
Organizing stuff inside your cabinets is essential. If you leave things messy, the potential buyers will get an impression that there’s not enough storage space. So get rid of the stuff that you don’t need. If you can’t limit the amount of things in your cabinets, be sure to pack some of them in a box and keep it elsewhere during the times that buyers come to look at your property. If you have open shelving, be sure that the items on it look flawless. Stage them properly and pick only the most attractive things to display on it.
Give your cabinets a new lease of life
How to give your cabinets a stunning makeover? Some paint and new hardware can really work magic! If your kitchen features traditional wood look all over the cabinets it can look a bit depressing, especially if there’s not enough of the daylight. Painting the cabinets with a light hue can give the whole kitchen a totally new, refreshed and modern look. If you’re in doubt, go for a warm shade of white. You can also go for other colors but the safest way is to stick to the neutral color palette and avoid dark hues. Neutrals will fit the taste of the majority of potential buyers.
And as to the hardware, it’s a really quick and cheap way to change the way your kitchen looks. Nothing makes an interior more dull than dated hardware.
Take care of the sink
The sink and the faucet should be shiny and sparkling clean. If no amount of cleaning can make them this way, consider installing a new sink and a faucet. It’s really worth it, as the buyers always look at this part of the kitchen extra carefully. And be sure there aren’t any leaks!
Add some plants
To make your kitchen look more inviting, add some plants to it. If you’re not a big fan of taking care of the plants, be sure that you always have a fresh flower arrangement when the buyers come visit. This tip goes for other parts of your home too!
Focus on the lighting
Lighting can really make or break it in terms of the interior design. Before you start showing your home to the buyers, be sure that you take care of the lighting in your kitchen. A well-lit kitchen with attractive lighting solutions is much more appealing. Sometimes investing in new lighting can makeover the entire kitchen and take it from ordinary to chic! Tip: Be sure that not only the center of the kitchen is well-lit but so are the countertops – it makes cooking more pleasant and easier and the buyers really pay attention to such things. It can mean investing in some spotlights or LED tape and installing it under the top cabinets but it really pays off!
Invest in a new backsplash
If your kitchen backsplash is more than a decade old, chances are it may look dated. And if it does, consider switching it for a new one. You don’t have to splurge on marble to nail that well-designed look. Glass mosaic tiles or white metro tiles look stylish yet not too flashy. Remember, when staging and remodeling your kitchen for resale it’s not about your taste or being bold – it’s all about trying to fit the tastes of the majority of buyers so steer clear of controversial solutions!
How about you? Have you ever prepared your kitchen for resale? Do you know any other useful tips and tricks? Share your thoughts!