When I was planning the remodel for my 1938 bungalow, I knew I would spend the largest portion of my budget, time and energy on the kitchen design. I was so excited to create the kitchen of my dreams, but in the back of my mind I knew I needed to make smart choices that would ensure a good return if I ever decided to sell my house. If you’re preparing to sell your house, a full kitchen remodel probably won’t make sense for you, but there are a few key things that you should focus on in your kitchen to make sure it shines for buyers. Below is a list of things you should focus on:
- CLEAN: I can’t emphasize this enough. Giving your kitchen a good scrub is the single best thing you can do to make it look it’s best for buyers. Wipe down counters, clear countertop clutter, degrease cabinets, clean the inside and outside of appliances, etc.
- Update Lighting: Updating your lighting is a cost-effective way to make your kitchen appear updated. Make sure all of your light bulbs are working.
- Update hardware: Like lighting, updating your hardware, including knobs and pulls, will make your home feel updated. I like to think of hardware and lighting as the “jewelry” for a space. Similar to the way jewelry can make an outfit “pop”, updated lighting and hardware can make a kitchen shine.
- Burn a candle: Not only do they smell good, but they give a kitchen a sense of warmth that buyers love.
- Make Baked Goods Available: Cookies, cake, pie, displayed on a counter can make a space feel more inviting.
I’m so excited to share the pictures of my dream kitchen. Unfortunately, I lost all of the before photos of my home when my phone crashed last year. Before, the kitchen ceiling had been lowered a foot, there was a wall separating the kitchen and dining area, and there was no island. I hope you enjoy the tour!
*Disclaimer: I am not a designer nor am I pretending to be. I am a former marketing and communications professional turned real estate agent that loves home design. I’m simply sharing my own experiences. Everything in the photos below was designed by me and brought to life by talented craftsmen.
What do you like to see when you tour kitchens? Are you thinking about buying or selling? If so, I would be happy to help guide you in making simple changes and updates that will make your home “shine” on the market.
Colors & Sources:
Cabinets: Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore
Walls: China White by Benjamin Moore
Floors: Dark Walnut
Cabinets by Ronald McCulley, Anniston AL
Countertops by Dee Borders, Anniston AL
Floors by Justin Ball, Heflin AL
Hardware: Lotts Cabinets, Anniston AL
Lighting: Gabby Interiors and Amazon
Plumbing Fixtures: Delta
Appliances: All South Appliance and Lowe’s
Tile: Crossville Studios, Birmingham AL