Update Your Kitchen for the Best Resale Value on Your Home

Posted by Polar Shades on Oct 15, 2018 10:23:00 AM
Update Your Kitchen for the Best Resale Value on Your Home

For many people, the kitchen is the focal point of a home. Family and friends often gather in the kitchen to create memories along with good food. Boost your home's resale value with these helpful tips to update your kitchen for maximum buyer appeal.

Use Neutral Colors

Vivid color palettes can make a kitchen look dated or inspire unpleasant reactions in buyers. Neutral colors such as beige, gray and white are timeless and provide a great backdrop for splashes of color with accessories. Avoid all-white decor as that can come across as cold and sterile.

Create an Open Floor Plan

As lifestyles have become more casual, people have embraced the idea of an open floor plan where the kitchen blends into the dining room or family room. This layout offers a light, airy feel that makes the space feel larger and facilitates conversation.

Add Quartz Countertops

After a long run at the top, granite countertops have been supplanted by engineered quartz, which is a composite of quartz and resin. While average price points of the two materials are similar, engineered quartz has greater durability, making it a preferable choice for high-use areas like kitchen countertops.

Upgrade Cabinets

Storage is always a top draw in a home, and kitchen storage needs to be attractive as well as functional. According to real estate website Zillow, homes with "Shaker cabinets" in the listings sold for almost 10 percent above expected prices. Are your current cabinets still in good shape? Simple tweaks such as a new finish and stylish hardware can make a huge difference.

Install a Designer Backsplash

At one time backsplashes were more or less an afterthought, but today they're seen as an essential way to add visual appeal. Designer backsplashes are available in practical, low-maintenance materials with a wide variety of colors and styles.

Modernize the Lighting

No one wants to spend time in a dark, shadowy kitchen. Instead of traditional overhead fluorescent lighting, incorporate a contemporary layered method:

  • General lighting, such as recessed ceiling lights
  • Task lighting, such as underneath cabinets or pendants over islands
  • Accent lighting, such as track lights
Add Window Shades

Natural light is always an appealing feature. Window shades are an ideal solution that let light in while filtering out heat, glare and damaging UV rays. Unlike generic, old-school shades, today's models are stylish as well as functional.

Other Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

Looking for other suggestions to get your kitchen ready for home resale? You'll find creative tips in these blog posts:

Topics: Kitchen

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