Getting your house ready to sell can be a daunting task. You may know that you need to do some things to get your house ready to put on the market and have a huge list of things to do. If your house is older you know that you have to perform some updates to compete with other properties in your neighborhood that are for sale. So where is the best place to put your money? Kitchens and bathrooms. In this short article we will cover the first – kitchens.
Spruce Up Your Kitchen To Help Sell Your House Fast
The kitchen in your house is usually the most used room in the house (unless you eat out for every meal). For many families it’s where they unwind and talk about their day. Having a functional kitchen is a great way to spark interest in buyers looking for a new home.
So how can you spruce up, or bring new life into your kitchen? Bank Rate gives some great suggestions:
1. Make your kitchen really cook. The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. Potential home buyers make a beeline for this room when they first view a home for sale, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated.
For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones.
If you’ve got a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. “Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system, which can be expensive, look into hiring a refacing company,” says serial remodeler Gwen Moran, co-author of “Build Your Own Home on a Shoestring.”
“Many companies can remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes, then add brand-new doors and drawers. With a fresh coat of paint over the whole set, your cabinets will look like new.”
If you’re handy, you can order your own replacement cabinet doors and door fronts from retailers like Lowe’s Home Improvement or The Home Depot and install them yourself.
Great tips, and ones that we actually follow. Many times when we renovate a property we keep the cabinet boxes and replace the doors and drawer faces. With that we also replace handles, lighting fixtures as well as the faucet. Something we also do is replace formica counter tops with granite, but this isn’t for everyone because this can really run up the cost of updating your kitchen. After you do all of these updates you may stand back and look at it, like it and think twice about selling your property 🙂
This is something that you must consider carefully. The one thing that we always look at first is the size of the kitchen as well as it’s natural lighting. If the kitchen is small and doesn’t have much natural light the last thing you want to do is have dark cabinets and dark walls. It will make the kitchen more gloomy and feel smaller. Instead if it’s small and not much natural light consider painting the cabinets white and stick to lighter earth tones on the walls.
On the other hand, if you have a large and well lit kitchen you can have darker cabinets and walls.
We found an interesting article from Zillow about kitchen colors that really surprised us:
2. Blue kitchens and blue bathrooms
Beyond America’s obsession with lawns and all-around “curb appeal,” what’s inside your house counts a lot, too — especially the colors you’ve painted the rooms (particularly the kitchen).
According to Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, which examined more than 32,000 photos from sold homes around the country, homes with blue kitchens sold for a $1,809 premium, compared to similar homes with white kitchens.
Blue is also a popular bathroom shade. The same analysis found that homes with light pale blue to soft periwinkle blue bathrooms sold for a whopping $5,440 more.
Walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray can be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features.
We never would have thought that about using blue. However we’re not that brave to jump on that band wagon just yet. We have seen trending for some time now the use of light gray throughout the home.
Summing It Up
The condition and look of your kitchen will most certainly affect how fast you bring in a buyer for your house. The biggest thing we can recommend is pay attention to the size and natural light in the kitchen before you make any decisions about the colors that you choose.
Remember, if you don’t want the hassles of cleaning or updating your kitchen, bathrooms or any part of your property, we buy houses in any condition and buy them as is. You can contact us for an offer on your property at (770) 756-8680.