The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s a bustling center of activity where people gather to cook, eat, socialize, and entertain. Kitchens are also the number one selling feature of a home. According to a recent study by Zillow, homes with updated kitchen features sell for up to 34% more than list price AND sell faster than those without.
HOW KITCHENS AFFECT THE SALE OF YOUR HOME
As the central hub, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the home. This space will immediately attract buyers or turn them off. It’s much easier to look past a small bedroom or an outdated powder room than to get over an undesirable kitchen. The kitchen must be designed to meet the needs of a buyer’s lifestyle which often means a kitchen with an open layout, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and updated features. If it’s not a good match, the buyer will likely eliminate the home as an option.
To prevent this from happening, homeowners can make strategic efforts that will improve their property’s culinary appeal.
REFURBISH RATHER THAN REPLACE
Cabinetry is a significant factor in a kitchen’s appeal. Since replacing cabinets is an expensive endeavor, many homeowners are reluctant to take on this project. Fortunately, other options won’t break the budget. Consider repainting the cabinetry or replacing only the doors. To get a professional-like finish make sure you strip any previous stain or paint off, sand the cabinets, clean them with a wet rag (no soap or products), and prime them before painting. A paint-sprayer offers the best finish to avoid those pesky brushstroke streaks.
New cabinet hardware can also create a brand-new look and is a simple (and cheap!) way to up your kitchen appeal. You can try spray-painting your current hardware gold or matte black to save even more money or purchase new from places like Amazon, Etsy, or Lowe’s.
INVEST IN APPLIANCES
Modern, matching appliances offer immense appeal. They look sharp, offer convenient features, and typically provide high efficiency to reduce utility bills. Stainless steel appliances are a classic choice that are sure to attract buyers, but unless you plan on staying in your home for at least 7 years, then don’t stress about purchasing high-end appliances. Because of its popularity, many brands offer stainless steel options that don’t “break the bank” so go with one of those options like this Frigidaire side-by-side refrigerator or this Whirpool dishwasher.
PRO TIP: When shopping for appliances you want to pick ones that aren’t obnoxiously loud. The lower the decibel level, the quieter the appliance will be, so try to stay below 50-decibels if your budget allows.
MAKE IT SPARKLE
Cluttered countertops have never helped sell a home. Buyers want to see the kitchen, not the mess. Keep counters clear and clean to ensure the entire space shines and help buyers visualize how much counter space is available. If you have a porous countertop that requires sealing (like granite or marble) now is the time to take care of that. You’ll know it’s time to seal your countertops when the water lays flat and doesn’t bead up.
CONSIDER THE MARKET
When considering kitchen improvements, homeowners should always consult with a trusted real estate agent to ensure upgrades are in alignment with their neighborhood, the target buyer, and current trends. It doesn’t always make sense to spend thousands on upgrades if doing so will put your home value above average and buyers can’t get their loan approved. A Realtor® can perform a comparative market analysis for you to help you decide how much you should invest in upgrades throughout your home.
SELL YOUR DALLAS-FORT WORTH AREA HOME FOR TOP-DOLLAR
If you’re thinking about selling your North Texas home and would like an expert opinion on your home value or what upgrades you should do, let me know! I’d love to help answer any questions you have about increasing your home value and selling your home for top-dollar.