Thinking of selling? You’ve probably heard it said that a “kitchen can sell a house”…
Whilst it’s true that a kitchen is the heart of a home, and certainly one of the rooms your prospective purchasers intend to spend a lot of time in, it’s also one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. So the chances are you don’t want to embark on a major upgrade, including the kitchen sink (pardon the pun) just before you list your home.
As you can imagine, with our years of experience, we’ve seen a lot of kitchens in our time; the good, the bad and the truly amazing! We also know that a lot can be done to improve the look and feel of your home’s focal point, making it more attractive to your buyers, without breaking the bank, here’s our list of tips to help you…
5 top tips for updating your kitchen on a budget
- Replace your handles – There’s an amazing selection of beautiful knobs available at Not On The High Street, (you do need to be aware that International shipping rates vary from supplier to supplier). Don’t forget to scour your local reclamation yards or second hand stores for cute vintage looks. If you want a modern look, without the price tag of expensive metal hardware, why not have a go at making your own leather cupboard pulls, check out the “Almost Makes Perfect” blog for instructions.
- Wash and/or paint the cabinets – The doors and drawers of kitchen cabinets will ultimately see scrapes, knocks and splash marks, after all a kitchen is for living in… You might be able to improve the look with a good wash down, use sugar soap for extra oomph! Assess them when they’re clean and see if they need a lick of paint too.
- Add some new accessories – This is a great investment, because let’s face it you can take a new brightly coloured kettle, toaster or mugs to your new abode when you sell.
- Get your tiles re grouted – If you have tiles as a splash back behind your sink or cooker, the grout can show signs of wear over time, you might just need to call in your handyman or tiler to get them gleaming again.
- Replace your blinds – So many kitchens have windows in front of the sink, we all like to look outside when faced with the chore of washing up. Unfortunately this means your window coverings can also suffer from splashes and start to look a little tired over time. You may be able to keep the hardware and just replace the fabric, visit your local home furnishings store or interior designer for advice on this.
Our agents come equipped with a wealth of advice for preparing not just your kitchen, but your entire house for sale, so give us a call to arrange you free appraisal today!