If you're like many people, you are gearing up to sell your home this summer. You may already know that enhancing your kitchen can make a substantial difference in the way prospective buyers feel about your space. Making kitchen improvements can even help you sell your home faster.
5 Kitchen Improvements That Can Help You Sell Your Home Faster
Check out these five kitchen improvements that may help you sell your home faster and for more money:
- Updated appliances
- Improved lighting
- Refreshed cabinets
- New paint
- Upgraded countertops
Here’s a closer look at each.
#1. Updated Appliances
Modern, energy efficient appliances can be a major selling point for prospective buyers. Remember, when people see outdated appliances, they often think about all the money they'll need to spend replacing them. However, if you replace your old appliances before you list your home for sale, buyers will walk into a move-in ready home that doesn't require a bunch of money up front to update.
#2. Improved Lighting
Good lighting can make your kitchen feel warmer, more welcoming and larger. Consider adding some under cabinet lighting to highlight your countertops. You should also replace outdated fixtures with modern ones, which you can usually find at your favorite home improvement store. Natural light is also a big selling point with prospective buyers, so clean your windows and make sure your window treatments allow in as much light as possible.
#3. Refreshed Cabinets
Cabinets take up a lot of visual space in the kitchen, so if yours are worn or outdated, buyers will feel like your entire kitchen needs to be renovated. However, you don't usually need to replace all your cabinets just to sell your home. Often, a professional refinishing job can make them look new at just a fraction of the cost of renovation.
#4. New Paint
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in the kitchen. In fact, a new paint job can quickly and affordably transform your entire kitchen. Neutral colors typically appeal to the widest range of buyers, but you can always add a little personality with a colorful backsplash or accent wall. You should talk to your real estate agent about the style and colors you choose. Your agent will know what buyers are looking for right now because they're on the ground, taking people to see homes every day.
#5. Upgraded Countertops
Countertops are another major focal point in most kitchens, so if yours are scratched, stained or outdated, it may be time to replace them. Granite and quartz are popular options right now, although your realtor will be able to tell you exactly what buyers are looking for.
FAQ on Kitchen Improvements That Can Help You Sell Your Home
Check out these commonly asked questions about kitchen improvements for selling a home. If you don’t see the answers here, please call our office and we’ll get you the information you need.
Do all my appliances need to match?
Matching appliances aren't a requirement, but they do give a kitchen a more cohesive, high end look that can really appeal to buyers.
Can I paint my cabinets myself?
You can absolutely paint your cabinets yourself. However, for a professional looking finish, you may want to hire a professional. Painting cabinets requires a lot of detail work, and potential buyers will easily notice if it's not done well.
How much value would a kitchen renovation add to my home?
Kitchen renovations don't always pay off at the closing table. However, they often do pay off in the speed at which you sell your home. Before you undertake a major kitchen renovation, talk to your real estate agent about whether it's worth it. Your agent may have some suggestions, such as those listed here, that can help you sell your home faster and for more money.
Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?
If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 602-694-3200 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.
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