If you’re looking for a quick sale, making the right first impression is crucial.
Here are our top tips for adding value and impressing house buyers with these simple kitchen refurb ideas.
Kitchens are much more than a place to just prep meals. They’re a place to entertain, relax, dine, and spend time with the family. These spaces are an integral part of our daily lives and although you may not know how much value they add to your home, one thing is certain: a clean, well-equipped, beautifully finished kitchen will make a great impression on potential buyers viewing your home.
However, if you want to make a profit when selling, it’s probably best not to completely re-do your kitchen, as you may not make the money back. But you can make some smaller changes to make your kitchen to make it more appealing.
Surfaces and appliances
It may be evident, but a sparkling kitchen with gleaming appliances is going to be a lot more standout than a grimy space filled with mess and clutter. If your smaller appliances (kettle, toaster, etc) are looking a little worse for wear, then consider replacing them with a new set that matches your decoration and colour scheme. – as you can take these items with you, you won’t lose money when you sell.
A dirty cooker will look older than it is, so hire a professional to work their magic and get it looking as good as new. It’s a possibility that potential buyers will have a peek into your over, so ensure it’s clean both inside and out. Also, don’t forget your grouting, especially on tiles and splashbacks. If it’s moldy it will make your home appear damp.
Formal dinner parties in dining rooms aren’t as common nowadays, and plenty of buyers like an open-plan kitchen area, so the host is able to cook and also socialise. So, if you don’t have one, look to add a sociable dining area to your kitchen to help potential buyers to see themselves using the space. Try buying second-hand furniture and upcycling it to suit your décor, this should help to keep costs low.
Attention to detail
When refurbing your home for sale, it’s easy to miss those finer details. But anyone viewing your home will notice anything that’s letting your kitchen down, like rusty taps, loose handles, and broken cabinets. So, change any fittings that are broken or not looking their best, and check everything is in good working order.
Small changes like these give you an opportunity to add that extra finesse to your kitchen, in a simple and low-cost way. For a modern touch that will impress buyers, upgrade to some stylish chrome or copper knobs and handles. These are available online at reasonable prices, so they won’t eat into the return on your sale.
Light and airy
A fresh coat of paint is a great way to make your kitchen look clean and brighten the space, and it doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Try to stay away from dark colours when you plan on selling, as they can make the space feel smaller. Pick a light, neutral colour as this will open the space up and buyers will likely be put off by bright colours, as these can be tricky for the new owners to paint over should they wish to change things.
A fresh coat of paint can help in other areas of your kitchen, too. If your cupboard doors and storage spaces look outdated, then a paint job can make a big difference, and for a lot less than the cost of fitting new cabinets – again, stick to light colour choices for units.
By making these simple changes, it’s easy to make your kitchen much more appealing to potential buyers. You stand a better chance of a quick sale and achieving the asking price. Keep in mind that renovations won’t always guarantee a return on your investment, so think carefully about budgets for your repairs when looking at which improvements to make.
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