You need to do these seven things to your kitchen to see top dollar.
Are you preparing to list your house? If you want to get top dollar, start sprucing up your kitchen now. The kitchen is often the centerpiece of a home and the place where most of the entertaining happens. It could be the one part of your house that buyers remember the most. So what can you do to make your kitchen one to remember?
1. Refresh your cabinets. If your cabinets are looking drab and dated but are still in good shape, paint them instead of replacing them. Refinishing the existing cabinets is more cost-effective than replacing them completely. It can make a big difference when updating your kitchen. Stick to neutral colors to appeal to most buyers.
2. Upgrade to quartz countertops. If you splurge on one upgrade in the kitchen, make it quartz countertops. There are so many designs and colors to choose from, and it’s easy to coordinate with any interior palette. It’s durable and more environmentally friendly than other materials.
“If you want to get top dollar, start sprucing up your kitchen now.”
3. Update the lighting. Once fixtures get to be about 20 years old, it’s time for a change. Swap in new fixtures over the island or kitchen sink, or increase your kitchen’s appeal by installing recessed lighting on a dimmer. Under counter lighting can give a custom kitchen feel.
4. Upgrade Appliances. If your appliances have seen better days, replacing them with midrange stainless steel appliances is a safe bet. Top-of-the-line appliances are not worth the splurge. You won’t always see a return on that investment.
5. Bring in a crisp new backsplash. Installing a neutral clean backsplash can win you points with prospective buyers. If your current one is busy or dated looking, we recommend going with a classic white subway tile or any other neutrally colored tile. Plus, a new backsplash paired with upgraded countertops can even make dated appliances look more current.
6. Brighten up the color palette. Aside from painting dark cabinets and replacing countertops, choose a bright, neutral paint to color the walls. A light color can also help make modest-sized kitchens look more airy and spacious.
7. Give the kitchen a serious, deep clean. The kitchen is the busiest part of the house. Nothing turns off buyers quicker than a kitchen with a filthy fridge, sticky cabinets, and dirty baseboards. Keep it clean, bright, and shiny. Though remember, there are a lot of glossy surfaces in a kitchen, and seeing them dull, scratched, or chipped turns off buyers. All buyers open up the oven door. Make sure that it’s sparkling clean, too.
So remember, clean means well-kept. That means move-in ready. That brings you top dollar. If you’re thinking about buying or selling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.