Your kitchen looks a little dated and you are perfectly aware that that is not something that is going to appeal to many home buyers. However, it’s basically in great shape, a kitchen remodel is certainly not called for. You just need to make a few changes to take the space from OK to great, especially as it is viewed by a potential new owner.
The good news is that there are some smaller, yet very effective, remodeling and redecorating tweaks you can implement to make the space look a whole lot better – and more appealing – than it did before. Even better news is that most of this can probably be achieved in a weekend so you even have time to update your kitchen a little before your Realtor starts work in earnest and the potential buyers begin arriving. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Change the Cabinet Hardware
In many cases it is not the kitchen cabinets themselves that are outdated, it is the cabinet hardware that is making them look so dowdy. The simple act of replacing that old hardware with something more modern and stylish can change the existing cabinets completely and installation should only take a few short hours and cost less than $100.
Update the Colour Scheme
Colour trends come and go and the yellows and avocados that were very much in vogue in the seventies really don’t fit in the 21st century. Neither does that busy wallpaper that was all the rage in the eighties, even if you are still quite fond of it. If your kitchen walls are looking a little worse for wear, a few simple coats of paint can make a huge difference.
Neutrals are the way to go here from a staging point of view and they offer the added bonus that they can add the illusion that the space is actually even roomier and airier than it truly is.
Take a Long Look At Your Kitchen Floor
Nice area rugs in the kitchen can help cover up minor imperfections perfectly. If your kitchen floor is really showing its age though –cracks, rips, ten year old stains that no one knows (or wants to know) what they really are – then you may have to bite the bullet and opt for new flooring.
The best bet for those on a tight timeline – and not wanting to spend too much on a home they hope to soon be leaving – is vinyl flooring. Today’s vinyl flooring is durable and water resistant and can even mimic more expensive flooring options like hardwood and natural stone.
Update Your Window Treatments
If you have had the same pair of cherry motif café curtains for the past decade then it is time for a change. There are a huge variety of kitchen window treatments available today and any one of them will have a far greater impact on your kitchen’s transformation than you might ever have imagined possible.