Kitchens are such an important feature in our homes, and they should not be overlooked when preparing your house for sale. Not all kitchens are created equal however, so what can you do to yours to catch a potential buyer’s eye and encourage them to make a good offer?
As with any pre-sale renovation or improvements, it is important to keep a tight rein on budget. Talk to your sales consultant about what your asking price should be before and after a kitchen makeover. Then set your budget at a portion of that difference that you’re comfortable with. You don’t want any makeover plan to eat too far into that financial gain or there is no point at all in doing it.
You may find very little financial outlay can make a huge difference; avoiding anything that involves changes to plumbing and electrical wiring is another way to keep costs down.
Here are a few ideas that you may find useful:
- Decluttering and cleaning is the most cost-effective way to spruce up a kitchen. Keep open shelves, cupboards, and pantries looking neat and orderly rather the jammed full. Spend the time to ensure that tile grout is looking clean and fresh and make sure that all surfaces are clean and unmarked. If benchtops are looking old and marked, consider replacing them if you can afford it. There are a huge range of different options available these days for benches, in a range of prices. You don’t have to choose the most expensive.
- Freshen up cabinetry, and walls with a coat of paint and new cupboard or drawer handles. As a rule, if you want to create the illusion of a bright, airy, spacious kitchen opt for light neutrals. You also want to keep the palette fairly neutral so potential buyers feel they can stamp their own personality on it.
- Sinks may not be as exciting as some other kitchen essentials to replace but it can make a big difference. A good size sink makes a big difference to kitchen functionality – particularly if you currently have an older kitchen which often have small sinks. Tapware should also be well-maintained and clean.
- Replacing the oven should be a last resort, simply because of the cost. A cutting edge new oven in an old, tired kitchen will be far less likely to add value than an older oven in a smart, tidy, light kitchen.
By following the tips above, you should be able to present a fresh clean looking kitchen when your home hits the market!