You are ready to sell your Windsor home but your real estate agent says for a quicker sale closer to your listed price, it is necessary to update your kitchen. Obviously, no one wants to spend money on a room that they will never enjoy, so is it necessary to make home improvements when all you want to do is move? The answer, for the most part is “yes.”
Kitchens are the most popular room in any house. This is where buyers spend most of their time. An outdated, older kitchen can very much turn buyers away. So what can you do to keep your Windsor home on a buyer’s short list? Here are a few fairly inexpensive steps you can take to make the most impact.
1. Countertops: With so many homes on the market, buyers have a wide selection of homes from which to choose. Laminate countertops are a big turn off to most, if not all, buyers. While it’s not necessary to upgrade to granite if budget is a huge issue, go for Silestone or Corian. It makes a world of difference to a buyer who is on the fence about buying a home with a kitchen that needs work.
2. If you have any appliances that are in almond, harvest gold or avocado green colors, they must go. Replacing with white appliances if it matches your cabinets, or black or stainless if your kitchen has natural wood, will make a big difference. Buyers will immediately realize that they won’t have to purchase any new appliances and this is a huge plus.
3. Kitchen cabinets can get a makeover without breaking the bank. If you have wood cabinets and they look dull and in need of attention, refinish them. Make sure you clean out and organize the inside of your cabinets and pantry as well. Throw out any mismatched dishes and replace the shelf paper. By doing this, you are showing that your kitchen has plenty of storage space. Replace any dated hardware with new to give your cabinets a more contemporary look.
Finally, make sure your flooring is spotless and clean, your appliances sparkle and your kitchen looks welcoming. Once buyers see a refreshing, updated kitchen, your Windsor home may have a new owner sooner rather than later.