6 Tips To Prep Your Kitchen For Resell

Buyers know it’s a great time to buy real estate, so fix up your home to get the best return on your investment. The most important room in your home is your kitchen. Don’t waste your money on updates that won’t turn a profit. Make sure you make upgrades that will make buyers swoop up your property. There are eight measures you should take before putting your home on the market.

Install Wood

Buyers have an affinity towards hardwood flooring. If you install wood flooring in your kitchen you’re the resale value of your home will exponentially increase. Of course, quality hardwood flooring is expensive at $4 per square foot. You can find a look similar to wood like vinyl or porcelain tile. 

Quick tip: Vinyl is also perfect for a DIY project.

Update the Cabinets

Adding modern glass cabinets will give your kitchen an automatic facelift. If you are working on a minimal budget consider painting your cabinets. If you do-it-yourself it could cost you as little as $100. White is the best color to paint cabinets because it makes the space feel bright and open. Stick to neutral colors and avoid dark tones.

Replace Hardware

You can upgrade cabinet hardware and faucets with less than $1000. Keep your kitchens style when choosing finishes. The trendiest choices are stainless steel and chrome. If you don’t have any cabinet hardware then add some to give your kitchen a fresh look.



Most buyers are looking for nice kitchen countertops like granite. If you still have laminate countertops you should switch them out immediately. Another popular choice is quartz, which is a little bit pricier than granite. Typically granite is between $45 and $55 per square foot, while quartz runs $65 to $85 per square foot.

Include a Designer Backsplash

Has it been awhile since you update the backsplash in your kitchen? It’s time for a new and improved backsplash. You can add some personality with a glass mosaic or blend of glass and tile. Glass mosaics cost about $10 to $60 per square foot.

Add Life To The Walls

A new coat of paint is inexpensive and can transform a room. Chances are you walls have gotten a little too much love and need some touch ups. Patch areas the need some TLC and repaint so that a new homeowner doesn’t have to worry about it. Stick to neutral tones that will make your home bigger and accentuate darker cabinetry.


Lighting creates the mood in the room and can either be a vocal point or eyesore. Make sure your fixtures aren’t outdated and replace all dull light bulbs. Another option is to add under cabinet lighting, which will impress buyers.

Present the Best Version Of Your Home

It’s important to sell the dream of the potential your home has. This is were staging comes in. Here’s how to get started:

  • Organize: Clean every single nook and cranny. While your at it throw away or store unused items.
  • Open concept: Make sure the flow of your kitchen is open and natural.
  • Décor: Add flowers and any other props to bring color and life into your home.

Don’t put your home on the market without giving it a facelift first. Or, if you want to feel like your living in a new home follow the aforementioned tips.

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