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The kitchen upgrade you should make before selling your home

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For some buyers, the kitchen is the heart of the home and one of the best ways to sell a house fast is to install some kitchen upgrades. Successfully remodeling your kitchen can make all the difference when it comes to making your property stand out from other listings.

To set you on the right path, here’s some ideas about how to approach kitchen remodelling and what you should prioritize.

Consult a professional

Yes, you can go the DIY route, but it might be more cost beneficial to hire professionals to help.

Talk to your real estate agent before you do anything with your kitchen. A good agent will know which kitchen features appeal to the buyers in your area. Ask them for possible turnoffs, too. You may find that buyers don’t particularly like a type of finish, or a specific brand-name appliance.

Update your countertops

Granite and quartz are popular countertop materials, but these come with a hefty price tag. If you’re on a tight budget, you can opt for tile and cement. A tile countertop can cost as little as $10 per square foot, compared to the $50 to $250 per square foot that you’d have to pay for stone countertops.

Refresh your walls and cabinets

Plain cabinets are not a deal breaker but they won’t add any appeal to your home. As long as they’re in good shape, there are many ways for you to refresh your cabinets. Start with a fresh coat of paint. Think white or a soft neutral like gray or brown. Make sure to invest in good-quality paint. If you have an island, you may want to make it a focal point by painting this feature in a contrasting color.

If your kitchen looks dark, painting your kitchen walls a light color can make this room appear more airy and spacious. Gray, white, beige, and brown are the most popular kitchen colors. Repainting isn’t that expensive—expect to pay around $300 to $600, more if you also hire a painting contractor.

Consider opening up your shelving by removing the doors of your upper cabinet. One important home staging tip for sellers is to show off any pretty plates or glassware that you may have.

You might also want to consider replacing old drawer pulls with new ones in a classic finish, such as stainless steel or brushed nickel. Avoid unique ceramic and vintage glass pulls, as some buyers may find them tacky.

Think clean and classic

If you’re updating your kitchen, opt for surfaces and finishes that blend with most styles. Choose simplicity over busyness. When it comes to styling your remodeled kitchen, think simple and restrained. This will appeal to a wider range of home buyers rather than a quirky, colorful renovation.

Shine a light

If your kitchen lights look old and dated, it’s time to replace them. First, dust your lights thoroughly. Sometimes a good cleaning is all they need. If you do need to update your lights, opt for a charming but simple pendant light, or a new fixture over your kitchen sink. You may also want to consider recessed lighting, which adds a sophisticated touch to your kitchen. If you don’t have any experience in doing electrical work, you really should hire a professional.

Deep clean

Before you show off your kitchen, make sure that your countertops are gleaming and that the space is clutter-free. Your fridge and oven should be sparkling. There shouldn’t be any stains in sight. If you’ve got a collection of refrigerator magnets, you may want to remove them, to help depersonalize your refrigerator.

Dust every corner of your kitchen. Polish fixtures and make sure to replace dim or worn-out light bulbs. Make sure to stow cleaning products neatly under the sink, where they’re out of sight.

Think about staging

Sometimes good staging is all you need. Put a throw rug or carpet beneath your table if you want to make a separate space. Think about adding a few eye-catching house plants in strategic corners. Add a bowl of polished fruit to your counter, or an intriguing bottle of herbed olive oil. There’s no need for exotic wood cabinetry, or overly expensive appliances. Just add the small touches that will make your kitchen look its best.

Need more home selling tips? Get in touch with the professional team of real estate agents from RE/MAX Direct, dedicated to helping you find the perfect property in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Call us at 610.430.8100 or email us at remaxdirectwc(at)gmail(dotted)com.