How to Renovate Your Kitchen Before Selling

As you may already know, the kitchen is the most important room to consider when selling a house. Aside from the bathrooms, the kitchen is the only room in a house that does not have any permanent fixtures or appliances. While the potential buyers can imagine what the other rooms in the house might look like, the kitchen that they see is essentially the kitchen they will use if they choose to buy the house. Now you might be thinking to yourself, "The new homeowner can always have the kitchen remodeled later, right?" While this is true, the average full kitchen remodel can cost around $20,000. Most people would rather not spend this money on top of what they are already paying for the house. Long story short, don't cut corners when renovating your kitchen.Below are the four main steps of the process.


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    Remodel The Cabinets. The cabinets take up a great deal of eye level space in the overall landscape of the kitchen, so it is important that they look acceptable. If the cabinets are in extreme poor condition, you might need to buy completely new ones. Currently, cedar is a popular material to use.However, if they are in sold shape but just a little rough around the edges, you could always choose to refinish or reface. You will save money, not only on the price of the new cabinets, but on the cost of having a demolition team remove the old ones. If you really want to impress the potential buyers, have soft-close hinges, so the cabinet doors won't slam when they shut.
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    Refit The Counter Top. When choosing a counter top, make sure you always contrast the color with that of the cabinets. If the cabinets are light in color, choose a darker counter-top. Or, if the cabinets are dark, install a lighter counter. Currently, granite is a very popular surface material for counter tops. However, if you are working with a smaller budget, you might choose to work with laminate or tile.
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    Re-imagine The Flooring. When choosing a floor to install make sure you follow this tip: NEVER go with a light floor. If your floor is white or tan, chances are that it will get scuffed up or dirty before the open house. Instead, go with a neutral or dark color. You don't have to spend a lot of money on flooring, because buyers often buy a new floor anyway. The exception to this rule is with hardwood floor. Hardwood floor has stood the test of time and is always popular. Also, if you have the same hardwood in every room on the main floor, you can seamlessly connect the rooms, creating a nice flow. Make sure you complete this step near the end of your renovation no avoid any unwanted scuffs or grime.
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    Light The Room Well. Now that you've spent all that money on cabinets, counter tops, and flooring, make sure the potential buyers can see all your hard work. To do this, install more lighting, or at least switch the existing bulbs to ones with a higher wattage. Dim lights kill the mood and subconsciously bring the potential buyer down. In contrast, bright lights are more warm and welcoming.


  • Always stick within your predetermined budget. Don't spend more than you can afford.


  • Steer clear granite counter tops if you are renovating a less expensive house in a less desirable neighborhood. You might end up wasting your money.

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