Your kitchen can make or break the sale of your home. Why? A potential buyer might overlook the fact that the bedrooms are on the “smallish side”, but if the kitchen does not measure up, you may want to consider the top 5 kitchen improvements, as recommended by Jim Remley, a top real estate agent in Oregon!
Sinks & Faucets
– Clean your faucets, re-caulk your sink and if it’s chipped, go to your local hardware store for a fixer kit. If it’s really beat up, maybe it’s time to upgrade the faucets, the sink or both.
– Updated appliances that match will make buyers take a second look. It’s not cheap—but can make the real estate sign change from “For Sale” to “Sold”. As well, small appliances that take up counter space, and are rarely used, should be packed and stored (break makers, toaster oven).
–You have two options here – replace old cabinets or opt for the less expensive option of re-facing the older ones. Make sure that whatever you do, that they match your appliances.
– Buyers are looking for bright, yet soft lighting which makes working in the kitchen a joy. In addition to upgrading the fixtures, consider installing lighting under cabinets for “task lighting” which throws light to counter top work areas below.
– The counter top is the one thing that ties every piece of your kitchen together. If not, the most expensive and time consuming is to have them totally replaced. However, there is a cheaper update where you can have them resurfaced with stone veneer, tile or wood laminate. Don’t forget to update your back splash as a worn out back-splash can make the nicest counter tops look dated or dull.