Thinking about selling your home? The last two years of the pandemic have renewed our focus on our homes. Many homeowners are jumping at the opportunity to take advantage of an extremely hot real estate market. In some areas, houses are under contract less than 24 hours from listing, many with multiple back up offers. Some of the biggest things buyers think about? Bathrooms and kitchens. So here’s some kitchen renovation ideas to think about, before you sell.
Perhaps your gently loved kitchen needs some updating before you list your home. The benefits of renovating your kitchen are endless, not to mention you could get up to an 85% return on your investment. When a kitchen looks dated, a buyer can easily knock $10,000 (or more) off the asking price.
Even worse, an outdated kitchen can stop a potential buyer from even thinking about your home. Updating countertops, cabinets, or even smaller items in your kitchen, can bring you much closer to your asking price, or maybe even get you multiple offers.
Before you jump in, here are a few ideas to optimize your kitchen when selling your home. Remember, don’t over upgrade, and keep your updates minor.
Kitchen Renovation Ideas to Think About
First, let the light in. Think bright, cheery, and fresh! Take down window treatments, increase wattage in light bulbs, change light fixtures, and consider adding recessed lighting. Remove clutter and personal items and repaint in a neutral palette like gray, taupe or cream. People need to see the space.
In addition to paint, new cabinet and door hardware updates a kitchen fairly quickly and economically. A new faucet and sink are other options that add to an updated look. Depending on your budget, new countertops can totally change the impression and quality of your kitchen. Light countertops add to light and brightness.
Don’t overlook appliances. Stainless steel appliances speak volumes in quality and expense to a buyer. Often even one more expensive stainless appliance will make your other appliances appear to be similar quality.
Get started now. Don’t wait until you are ready to sell to take care of some of these updates. Start on your kitchen renovation ideas now and enjoy the results until you are ready to sell!