Key improvements when selling can be a little bit of a Catch 22; what do you do? Spend some money to change and improve? Possibly this will gain a bigger interest in your house. Not to improve, saving money and possibly loose some interest in your house, or even having to list for lower price when it is on the market.
It is essential to ensure elements that matter to buyers are represented well when selling. Invest your money in key improvements. These will resonate with buyers and help you stand out above the competition. A Professional Home Stager will help you understand what those investments are that have an impact.
I always hear this when the house is on the market “should I have put in granite counters?” Here is my answer in long form…
Since this is one of the key rooms that buyer’s base 30% of their decision on liking a house or not, money spent here is wise. Take a look around with a critical eye, does your kitchen convey one that appears up to date? If you are not sure what an updated kitchen is, contact a designer, Professional Stager or go to a kitchen store to see what the latest designs are.
Some improvements can be as simple as paint or as involved as replacing everything in the room. Some elements to keep in mind when thinking up “updated” kitchen are the cabinets style popular today? Sometimes just painting out good quality cabinets, and updating hardware can do the trick to bring the kitchen into the 21st century when putting your house on the market. But if the cabinets are very taste specific or something that hasn’t been in the market in the past ten years, then it is wise to replace. If you are planning on dwelling longer, and not selling within a year then taking the next step to replace, or possibly resurface the cabinets, either would be worth the investment. A professional will be able to help and direct you.
Other elements in the kitchen to keep in mind are all the appliances matching? Even having all black or all stainless can make the room feel up to date. Having a mix of finishes should be changed, making sure all appliances are functioning and working is important when you sell. Trends change, so currently the question is which appliances color are popular? If there is not one that stands out, currently as I write this, stainless is always a safe choice.
Counter tops can date a space also. Having a stone surface like quartz or granite is the preferred choice by buyers. But if you are selling soon take a look at the new laminate surfaces which are a little less expensive and can make a good impression on a buyer.
Neutral paint colors on the wall are important and a back splash help bring all the elements together. Updating light fixtures and sink faucets are also good investments to update the room. Creating a kitchen that impresses buyers can be a bigger expense than some are willing to take on. Be objective and look at this room from a buyer’s eye, not sure you can do that, then call in a Professional Home Stager, they will be able to survey the room and help you choose what the best course will be to obtain the biggest return on your investment.