SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE SELLING?
Thursday Mar 03rd, 2022
Should you update your kitchen before selling your home is a very common question. And the answer is “It depends.” Look at other listings in your area and look at the recently sold homes.
Factors to consider:
• What is your budget (if any) for updates?
• Look at other recently sold, under contract and homes for sale in your area. What is happening in your market?
• Do you have the time (or desire) to deal with updates or any major updates?
Most buyers, when looking at homes online and previewing in person, consider kitchens to be one of their top priorities when looking to purchase a home. It's important buyers have a certain feeling of cleanliness, freshness and overall sense that they can see themselves (and want to see themselves) in the home. There are certain things you can do that's easy and inexpensive to update your kitchen prior to selling it.
9 EASY AND INEXPENSIVE KITCHEN UPDATES TO SELL YOUR HOUSE
1. EASY UPDATE: GET NEW HARDWARE FOR KITCHEN CABINETS AND DRAWERS
Updating kitchen hardware is such a low-cost update and it can modernize and give a kitchen a new, fresh look and feel. There are many hardware options to choose from and various price points. New cabinet hardware is easy to replace and is an inexpensive kitchen update when selling your house.
2. EASY KITCHEN UPDATE WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE: PAINT THE KITCHEN CABINETS
Painting or staining your kitchen cabinets give them a fresh, new look. Kitchen cabinet colors and stain trends vary depending on your location and community. Spend time looking online and visiting new home builds in your area. Builders know what buyers are looking for now and what is trending. Also, it's important to speak with local real estate agents. Ask them what buyers prefer with kitchen cabinetry. Ensure you properly prep and paint your kitchen with these step-by-step instructions. Be sure you have the and paint kits for appropriate paint cabinets.
Do your research before painting and get the proper paint and tools when painting or staining your cabinets.
3. CONSIDER UPDATING KITCHEN FLOORING WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE
If your kitchen flooring is worn or very dated, consider some inexpensive options to. update the flooring
It's not as expensive as it may seem and with some simple updates mentioned here updating your flooring can give your kitchen an entirely new, lovely look and feel.
4. BACKSPLASH IS A FAIRLY INEXPENSIVE KITCHEN UPDATE WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE
Kitchen backsplash adds a *wow* factor to your kitchen and it’s an inexpensive way to update your kitchen for resell. Installation is relatively easy if you do it yourself or you can hire someone for the project.
5. UPDATE KITCHEN LIGHT FIXTURES
Updating your kitchen light fixtures will dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen.
Light fixtures are relatively inexpensive and it's worth a small investment to update these.
6. CLEAN AND MAKE YOUR KITCHEN SPOTLESS
Buyers’ open kitchen cabinets, microwaves, refrigerators, ovens…they open everything. Make sure your kitchen is SPOTLESS. This means making the surface area not only spotless but make the inside of your cabinets, drawers and appliances spotless too. Buyers comment on the condition and cleanliness of your home. If it's spotless and organized they comment that you've most likely taken very good care of your home and the areas, they cannot see. It leaves a great impression on them!
7. DECLUTTER AND ORGANIZE YOUR KITCHEN
Declutter your kitchen and make sure it's organized. Remove most items from your kitchen countertops.
Ensure your pantry and inside your kitchen cabinets and drawers are tidy and well organized. Remove all clutter. Remember to organize under your kitchen sink. Buyers look under the kitchen sink to check for leaks.
8. UPDATE KITCHEN FAUCET
Updating your kitchen faucet gives a sparkle and fresh look to your kitchen. It's not difficult to replace.
9. PAINT WALLS IF NEEDED
Painting the kitchen walls is a great way to give your kitchen a fresh look.
MORE CONSIDERATIONS FOR KITCHEN UPDATES WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE
This is a common question that's asked before selling a home. Should I replace the kitchen countertops?
The answer is…it depends. Is it cracked, dated and do the homes selling in your area have updated kitchen countertops? What is trending in your area? Also, the look and material for kitchen countertops can be highly personal. This is one area in which a buyer may want to update to their preference after they purchase your home. Kitchen countertops can be expensive to replace. It may not have a good ROI.
There are several DIY countertop refinishing options that may work well for you and are not as expensive as replacing the kitchen countertops. Consider the time and cost involved with the various options here.
Should you replace your kitchen appliances before selling your home?
Are any of your appliances still under warranty? If they're dated and worn you may want to replace them or at least the refrigerator. You can find *used* new refrigerators that aren't very expensive. Consider your budget.
Many buyers prefer choosing their own appliances, however, it may be a good idea (if you're not updating your entire kitchen) to leave the existing appliances in place.
STAGING YOUR KITCHEN
To attract the most buyers and for chances of a higher sales price it's important to organize and *stage* your home. You live in your home in a completely different manner than when you're showing and selling it.
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