SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE SELLING?

What are the top kitchen updates to sell your house?  This question is posed often to real estate agents.

This is a great question and a very important one when deciding what kitchen updates to consider when selling your house.

The kitchen is the main focal point for buyers when looking at homes.


SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN BEFORE SELLING?

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.  It's important to speak with local Realtors®.  They have their pulse on the market and understand what is going on in your market.

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.

Its important buyers have a certain feeling of cleanliness, freshness and an 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.

Below you'll find some of these inexpensive and overall easy kitchen updates that make a difference when selling your home.


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 restaining 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.

Be sure you have the appropriate paint and paint kits for cabinets.

Do your research before painting and get the proper paint and tools when painting or restaining 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 sparkle and a 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. Choose neutral colors.



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