The kitchen is one of the most important selling points of any home in the market today.
This is because the kitchen is now a multi-function room where various activities take place: cooking, dining, a place for the children to do their homework, etc. As such, a good kitchen is on top of the list of most people looking at houses for sale in Bolton.
But how can you prepare and improve your kitchen before you begin allowing potential buyers to see your home? Here are some tips for doing so:
1. Clean and declutter
All your efforts to prep and improve your kitchen before selling it will be wasted if you don’t clean this room thoroughly first.
Start by giving the floor a good scrub. Make sure it is shiny, sparklingly clean. Next, remove all clutter and knick-knacks from the countertops and the top of your cabinets and refrigerator.
Clean and organize all storage units and cupboards as well since buyers will most likely open and look at them. Lastly, make sure all surfaces, fixtures, and other décor you leave in the kitchen are completely dust-free.
2. Paint the walls
Having a presentable and impressive kitchen starts with refreshing the walls with a paint job.
When choosing a new color for your kitchen, select a light hue. A light color or neutral will make your kitchen look and feel open and expansive. Smart, classic options are off-white, cream and beige colors.
If you are thinking of creating an accent wall, make sure you choose a tone that will complement the color of your wall.
3. Give your cabinets a makeover
If you will be painting your kitchen walls, consider spending a bit more and paint the cabinets as well. This will give your cabinets an instant fresh new look.
You can also make your cabinets look more impressive by replacing worn-looking door knobs and drawer pulls. Choose replacements that have a classic finish such as brushed nickel or stainless steel for a brand new look.
Another inexpensive (and even free) way of upgrading your kitchen cabinets is by removing the upper cabinet doors and displaying pretty dishes or glassware on the shelves. This simple trick also gives the cabinets seem more spacious.
4. Replace the kitchen faucet
Changing the faucet in your kitchen is a low-cost and minor upgrade that will instantly boost this room’s curb appeal.
When choosing a new faucet, select one that is compatible with your sink. You will have an easier time installing the new faucet if it matches the space (or hole) the old one will leave behind.
In terms of finish, select one that works with your kitchen’s style. Generally, oil-rubbed bronze is a great option but stainless steel and chrome are all-time favorites as well.
5. Install or replace your old backsplash
A backsplash is one of the best fixtures you can have in your kitchen. It will protect the walls from spatters and spills and, at the same time, enhance the look of your kitchen.
If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in over a decade or you don’t have one yet, wood and glass mosaics will be your best option since they are more affordable. If you have a bigger budget for this, you can opt for a marble or travertine backsplash.
6. Update your lighting fixtures
Lighting is crucial in giving your kitchen a more spacious and inviting atmosphere.
To evoke this appearance and mood in your kitchen, replace dim or broken bulbs with new ones. In case the lighting fixtures are already outdated, invest in new, modern ones that will appeal to all interested buyers.
Consider adding some under cabinet lighting as well. These fixtures will brighten up your counter space and improve the kitchen’s overall lighting.
7. Stage your kitchen
Finally, to make your kitchen more appealing, follow these staging techniques:
- Place a bowl of fruit, bottles of herbs, or a vase with fresh flowers on the counter.
- Replace dark window treatments with light or neutral-colored ones.
- Add a few potted plants to bring life and warmth to the room.
- Change the arrangement of the furniture to make the kitchen look more open and spacious.
To ensure your kitchen will be an irresistible selling point of your home, follow the tips shared above so that you can improve this room before putting your property on the market.
Sally Jones is a Director and Co-Founder of The Purple Property Shop, an award-winning estate agent serving Bolton, Bury and the surrounding areas of North West England. The Purple Property Shop was founded in 2010 and quickly grew to become one of Bolton’s leading estate agents, specialising in residential property sales, property lettings and management.