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6 Kitchen Upgrades That will Help Sell Your Home

If you're getting your Waterloo Region home ready to sell, you will be thinking what improvements you can make to help it stand out from the crowd, both in those online listing photographs and videos and at in-person showings.

Because the kitchen is one of the most important, most used and, when buyers are touring it, notable rooms in any home, you'll want it to not only make a good first impression, but also a lasting one. That's why it's critical that your kitchen has a contemporary look and important features that will wow potential buyers.

So, if your property has outdated features or appliances that aren't performing as well as they once did, now is the time to refresh and improve your kitchen before it goes on the market.

In the eyes of a homebuyer, upgrades like smart-tech appliances, sleek fixtures, and modern cabinetry all add up to a worthwhile investment. Consider these kitchen improvements as you prepare your home for sale, to really impress buyers (and maybe even increase the final selling price)

Cabinetry That Sets the Tone for the Entire Kitchen

Even if the rest of the kitchen has been modernized, if the cabinets appear worn out, dated or out of place potential buyers may not see it that way. Kitchen cabinets that are out of date might be a turn-off, especially now that clean, modern finishes are more common and expected by potential homeowners. When it comes to this type of kitchen improvement, there are a few solutions for any budget.

If you like the colour and style of your cabinet, updating the hardware is a simple way to refresh it. You can improve your current cabinets by painting or restaining them if they are technically good but need a facelift.

Refacing your cabinet doors is another kitchen enhancement to consider. If your cabinets are in decent shape but have an outdated style, this is a terrific option. You'll be able to entirely transform the look and feel of your kitchen without having to rip it up.

If your cabinets are on the verge of falling apart, though, it's time to replace them. While it may be more expensive, you don't want the look and function - yes, potential buyers WILL open those cabinets- of your kitchen cabinets to deter a buyer from making an offer.

Upgrade to Energy-saving and Smart-tech Appliances

One of the most crucial components of any kitchen is the appliances. Many homebuyers these days are searching for sleek appliances with smart-tech and environmentally friendly features. WiFi-enabled refrigerators and dishwashers that link to your smart home ecosystem and can be managed via voice or an app are examples.

However, these are nice to haves. What smart buyers are really looking for are appliances that won't break the bank when it comes to energy consumption. Large appliances that traditionally consume a lot of energy are among the key kitchen components that homeowners want to be environmentally friendly – both for the planet and their energy bill.

If you're replacing equipment like your refrigerator or dishwasher before putting your house on the market, go for an energy-efficient model. When looking for environmentally friendly kitchen appliances, look for the Energy Star label. These kitchen upgrades can help set your property apart from others in the neighbourhood and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.

Upgrade Plumbing and Lighting Fixtures

While your appliances usually take center stage, homebuyers also pay attention to features like lighting, plumbing fixtures, and even the kitchen sink. It can have a significant impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen if the style is outdated or the lighting is too harsh.

Replace your old fluorescent overhead light with a contemporary lighting fixture, such as pendant lights or a statement piece. Alternatively, adding lighting beneath cabinets is a powerful yet simple kitchen lighting makeover that is relatively chea and easy to accomplish.

When it comes to plumbing fixtures, you should always consult a plumber before selling your home to ensure that everything is in working order. Additionally, if the design of your exterior plumbing fixtures, such as your faucet and kitchen sink, is outdated or simply does not match your kitchen's new aesthetic, consider replacing them. While you can upgrade your plumbing fixtures on your own, it's best to enlist the services of a plumber or handyman if you're not familiar with the process.

Create Attention Grabbing Countertops

When it comes to updating your kitchen, sturdy, neutral countertops and the matching flooring are essential. Just as stainless steel has become a commonly sought after appliance finish over others, the same may be said about solid-surfaces and countertops. Replace your old laminate counters with granite, slate, concrete, or tile for a more appealing look.

If you're on a budget, though, composite countertops can give your kitchen a granite look for a fraction of the price. It's always a good option to use neutral hues that complement your kitchen cabinetry and create an overall new, clean look.

Make Sure Your Kitchen Floors are Flawless

Many homeowners prefer durable yet attractive finishes when it comes to kitchen flooring. Consider adding natural stone tile or wood flooring to improve your kitchen floors. Other amazing flooring improvement alternatives include engineered hardwood, granite, and porcelain tile.

Whatever flooring you choose, depending on the style of your kitchen and your budget, be sure it's installed correctly. Some flooring solutions, such as tile, are difficult to install yourself and can be completely ruined if done incorrectly.

Little Final Touches That Make a Big Difference

Even while we all wish we had an unlimited budget to upgrade our kitchen with the latest appliances and smart-home gadgets, that isn't always the case. Fortunately, sometimes all a kitchen requires is a new backsplash or a lick of paint.

Consider a white subway tile backsplash or a patterned tile backsplash for a more distinctive look. When it comes to painting the kitchen walls and ceiling, white or neutral colors are always a good choice.

You might, however, paint the walls a fresh yet light hue of blue to bring character to your kitchen while still complementing its modern style. Want to see what your kitchen may look like in a variety of different hues? This online visualizer from Sherwin Williams is a great way to do that quickly and easily and without the need to break out your paintbrushes (yet)

Getting ready to sell your Waterloo Region home, or buy a new one? Let Team Pinto use our huge experience and expertise to help you. Contact the award-winning Team Pinto here, or book a free Zoom consultation to discuss your unique Waterloo Region real estate needs here.

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