How to make your tired kitchen more appealing to buyers without breaking the bank - Re/Max Nova

Published 05 January 14 09:07 AM | Merv Edinger 

How to make your kitchen attractive to buyers without breaking the bank

Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

What's one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations a particular buyer gives for not making an offer is, "I liked the house, but I wasn't too keen on the kitchen." Buyers often have unrealistic expectations as to how much a kitchen renovation might cost.

That doesn't mean you must do a major renovation. However, you should do what you can to make the kitchen as attractive as possible to buyers.

Here are some ideas:

First, clear the countertops. Put away the toaster and other items. You want to make the entire countertop area seem as spacious as possible.

If the cabinetry is old, you can spruce it up by installing new knobs, handles and other hardware. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling can also make the kitchen look like it has had a major renovation – and it will only cost you a few hundred dollars. According to an article on the website, "The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware." If you really want to give the impression of a new kitchen, you can have your existing cabinets refaced.


 Before & After photos of the same kitchens refreshed for sale.
Replacing the countertops is a more expensive renovation, but it may be worth it if the current counters are old and worn.

Finally, when preparing your kitchen for a viewing, make sure it's clean and tidy. The garbage and recycling bins should be empty. Buyers will open cabinets so make sure items on shelves are neatly organized with the front labels facing forward. Sink should be empty & clean. Remove any unneeded items from the countertops, or from above the upper cabinets, remove all those fridge magnets, children's drawings, business/appointment cards from your fridge.  If you have room, add a small bowl filled with only green apples or lemons.

There are many other ways to make the most important room in your home look great to potential buyers. Call today Merv Edinger & Associates for more ideas.

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