Any real estate broker will tell you that the kitchen can make or break any real estate transaction but you do not have to fork out for a complete kitchen remodel in order to create a kitchen that buyers will fall in love with. Instead a few fairly simple and inexpensive remodeling tweaks can indeed make all the difference. Here are some examples to consider:
Reface Kitchen Cabinets – If the cabinets in your kitchen have seen better days (especially if those better days were back in the Eighties or beyond) kitchen cabinet re-facing is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to give them a makeover. There are hundreds of styles to choose from so upgrading the design aesthetic in your kitchen should not be difficult.
Replace Laminate Countertops – Laminate countertops are no longer the best option for the modern kitchen. They tend to scratch and stain fairly easily and even if yours are relatively new they may be off putting to potential homebuyers. Replacing laminate countertops with a more practical and aesthetically pleasing alternative usually only costs about 15 percent of what a full kitchen remodel would cost but can have a huge impact on the kitchen’s appearance and its overall appeal.
Replace Cabinet Hardware -If you really don’t want to go for cabinet re-facing or it simply is out of your current budget something as simple as changing the kitchen cabinet hardware can make a difference.
Add Under Cabinet Lighting – Bright rooms are naturally more friendly and appealing than dark ones and increasing the light in your kitchen could help you increase its overall value. Contact a good local electrician to discuss the possibility of installing new lighting underneath the cabinets in your kitchen, a simple tweak that can brighten the whole space, making it far more buyer friendly.
Upgrade Kitchen Appliances – Most home buyers expect kitchen appliances to come with the home they are purchasing as part of the sale price. Even if the appliances in your kitchen still work quite well but are old and unattractive, the chances are that they are nowhere near as energy efficient as the models on the market today. If you are upgrading with a sale in mind you do not have to go for the top of line models but appliances that are neat, clean and carry the Energy Star logo will be a positive in most buyer’s minds.
Check the Floor – If your kitchen flooring has seen better days, even though it is under their feet potential buyers will notice. If you do think that the kitchen floor will have to be replaced before you home will sell this is a great opportunity to go green, which can be another big selling point in these eco conscious days. Bamboo and Cork are the hot green flooring options right now and both work very well in the kitchen.