Kitchens matter to buyers more than any other room in a house. If a buyer is on the fence about buying a particular house the kitchen could be what swings them off the fence and into making an offer. Homes with beautiful modern kitchens are easy to sell. But older homes or homes that haven’t been updated may be a tougher sell. The homeowners should know that some updates will make a big difference in the amount of interest that they get in the house and in the price they can ask for the house. Here are 5 kitchen updates that will make a house sell:
Open It Up
Today’s homebuyers want a modern open floorplan. Nearly every homebuyer puts an open floorplan at the top of their must have list. Homeowners that want to sell their homes quickly should talk to a contractor and get an estimate for the cost of opening up their kitchen and family room. If it’s not too expensive it could be a huge selling point that will pay off when they are trying to attract buyers.
Upgrade the Appliances
If the home still has the original refrigerator and stove from decades ago, it is time to upgrade. Modern stainless steel appliances definitely attract buyers. So do front loading high efficiency washers and dryers. Home buyers are more likely to buy a home that has already upgraded appliances rather than buy one that they need to replace the appliances in. So spending a little bit of money to upgrade the appliances will pay off.
Homebuyers expect kitchens to have granite countertops. If a home does not have granite countertops potential buyers are not as likely to buy that home. That doesn’t mean that homeowners have to put in top of the line expensive countertops though. Look around for lower priced granite and special deals on granite. There are plenty of affordable granite countertop options.
Paint and Hardware
Painting outdated kitchen cabinets and updating all the hardware on cabinets and drawers is time consuming but not that expensive. And it will give your kitchen a great face lift. Buyers will love the fresh look and feel of the paint and new hardware. Pick a neutral metal for the hardware like brushed nickel or black. Using black in the kitchen is very much on trend right now.
Another easy way for homeowners to make their home more attractive to buyers is to add functional upgrades. People are now using their high tech devices everywhere, especially in the kitchen. Install a charging station for electronics. Put up wall hooks that can hold tablets and smart phones so that people can video chat while cooking or tape videos. Adding small but functional features will pay off big with potential buyers.