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It’s often said that the kitchen sells a home. A well-functioning, stylish kitchen makes an excellent hub for a family and makes life easier. For that reason, a beautiful, well-thought-out kitchen is high on the list for most people looking to buy a new home.
That makes kitchen renovations high on the list for homeowners planning to sell their homes in the not-too-distant future. If you’re making upgrades, it makes sense to make them in the room where they will be most appreciated. Kitchen upgrades generally have a high return on investment. However, it’s important to remember that not all upgrades are equal.
We’ve put together a list of the best kitchen upgrades to increase your home’s value.
Take Advice from the Pros
If you’re looking to sell your home soon, it’s usually best to speak with a real estate agent before investing in home renovations and upgrades. An agent who is working in your community will be more in tune with your local real estate market. They’ll know what home buyers are looking for and where to place your renovation dollars in your home or whether you need to make significant upgrades at all. If you’re selling your Whitby home, it’s best to listen to the advice of your Whitby real estate agent before knocking out structures and spending money on costly upgrades.
Kitchen cabinets can make or break a kitchen. They can be seen as a stylish storage area or an obtrusive annoyance. If your cabinets have seen better days or look like they’re from a previous decade, it’s time to spruce them up.
Depending on their condition, you can consider whether it’s worth installing new ones or just painting them and updating the hardware. Either way, it’s important to note the value home buyers see in kitchen cabinets and how drawn they are to aesthetically appealing cabinets.
When choosing new hardware, it’s important to select ones that work well with other parts of your home. Look at sink handles, lighting fixtures and appliances and find cabinet hardware that complements them.
With so much time being spent in the kitchen, it’s important to have well-functioning tools that aren’t going to slow you down -- or worse, become an actual obstacle. That’s why outdated appliances are a turn-off for many buyers.
Professional grade appliances are a huge selling point with buyers, and stainless steel remains the easy favorite. Energy-efficient models are also popular with buyers as more focus and priority is placed on sustainable living.
If you have the space, adding a kitchen island has enormous value and is on the must-have list of many buyers. Islands help make kitchens feel bigger and more functional. It can be a costly upgrade due to the additional plumbing and electrical work, but considering how popular and timeless kitchen islands are, it’s likely to see a high return on investment.
Remember these tips during your next kitchen remodel or when you’re considering selling your home.