Kitchens are a big focal point in a house. If you’re wondering “what can I do with my kitchen to help sell my home fast?” there’s no one size fits all answer. The right answer for your situation depends on the condition of your kitchen, where your house is located and what home buyers in your area want.
If you’re in an area where all of the houses selling in your price point have tile floor in the kitchen, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, you’ll want to have those same finishes in your home’s kitchen. You need to compare your home with all the houses in your neighborhood that have sold in the past three to six months. Your real estate agent should provide you with this list. Then you can see the pictures of those homes and decide what to do.
You’ll see a good return on investing in a comprehensive renovation for a completely outdated kitchen. Take a look at your kitchen objectively and without attachment. Does it need a thorough overhaul? Would you be happy buying a house with a kitchen in this condition?
Can You Get Away With A Coat of Paint?
Sometimes you can get away with simply making a few tweaks. For example, if you have old wood cabinets that are in great shape, a thorough cleaning and change of hardware can give them new life. Or maybe the cabinets would look better with a fresh coat of paint. Add in a new floor, new countertops and a new backsplash and you could be set.
No doubt you’ve heard the importance of a fresh coat of paint. Classic and always in style are shades of white and off-white. However, the kitchen is one place where you may be able to get away with a little bolder of a color than the rest of the house, at least as an accent. In 2016, we’re seeing a trend to warm colors such as apricot, yellows and reds. And on the other end of the spectrum, subdued and relaxing silver blues, gray-greens and tobacco browns found in nature. Figure out what coordinates with the countertops and flooring.
Countertops – Formica vs. Granite
Speaking of countertops, in neighborhoods where the houses have Formica or laminate countertops, you don’t necessarily have to upgrade to granite or marble. If yours are simply unattractive, you can opt to paint the laminate to give it a more updated, attractive look. Kitchens with laminate countertops are often paired with vinyl floors. Installing new vinyl flooring is inexpensive and will make a significant difference.
However, if you’re in an area where home buyers expect natural stone countertops, you’ll need to upgrade countertops to a granite, quartz, marble, or soapstone. The best flooring to pair with these countertops is either tile or hardwood. Replace old or outdated appliances with stainless steel appliances for a well-finished room.
Regardless of whether you have a basic or a high-end kitchen, installing a new sink faucet is another quick, easy and significant update.
Check Out The Competition
The bottom line on kitchens is make sure the look is cohesive, clean and comparable to the other homes that have sold in your area.
If you’d prefer not to have to worry about what to do to “sell my home fast,” Express Homebuyers pays cash for houses in as-is condition. You wouldn’t have to do anything at all to the kitchen or any other room in the house. Give us a call at (877) 804-5252 for a no-obligation, cash offer.