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Update Your Kitchen to Improve Resale Value

by emily

in Design & Trends

kitchenThere is not much which is more off-putting to home buyers than outdated, grimy kitchens. A few simple updates to your kitchen can significantly improve your home’s resale value and your chances of selling the property.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where we spend much of our time, in the evenings and on the weekends. We spend time there cooking, chatting with loved ones, entertaining friends and family, and even completing admin tasks.

Property website Houzz says: “Minor kitchen renovations bank the biggest return. If your kitchen is fairly current, you may want to leave it alone — remodeling a kitchen comes with a hefty cost, and you may only be able to recoup around 65 percent of your investment.

“Smaller updates such as painting or refinishing cabinets that are still in good shape, or upgrading to Energy Star appliances, can refresh your kitchen’s look at a fraction of the cost.”

Paint

Giving the walls a new lick of paint is often credited with being the most cost effective way to update a space. Grimy walls will instantly be hidden and small spaces will appear larger. This can refresh the entire look of the kitchen at a low cost.

Change the layout

If you feel the kitchen isn’t user friendly, it may be possible to change the layout. Two of the best layout changes you can make include making the space open plan and putting in a window. It isn’t a good idea to move the oven or sink as these mean plumbers and electricians will have to become involved.

Update cabinets

Simple updates like painting cabinets or switching the door handles can make a big impact in the kitchen. Old, dark wood can be quickly and easily refreshed with a fresh coat of paint. Clunky old fashioned handles can cheaply be replaced with modern, metallic handles.

New oven

An oven is an appliance which you aren’t going to take with you. Buying a convection oven, which has proven to be the most effective at cooking food quickly and evenly, will appeal to all foodie house hunters.

Multitasking

It has become extremely popular for kitchens, which are where families tend to congregate, to have a desk and chair. These spot can be used for admin tasks like paying bills, budgeting, writing shopping lists and keeping track of family activities. A small desk can easily be built into a previously unused corner.

These few updates can do wonders to your home’s resale value. Don’t hesitate to make a few small changes if you’re thinking of selling.

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