by Housesimple on 7th June 2018
From your kids doing their homework at the table to all those dinners spent chatting and preparing food on the stove, the kitchen really does see a lot of social action. As the heart of your home, it’s also one of the most important rooms during a viewing.
You don't need to install a whole new kitchen to impress potential buyers, though. These six quick fixes could easily be tackled over the course of a weekend.
Step one – update your cabinet doors
Swapping old, worn-out cabinet doors for brand new ones creates the illusion of a kitchen remodel but without the massive price tag. For an even cheaper alternative, simply add a lick of paint.
Step two – add fresh lighting
Choose white lightbulbs instead of yellow ones to create a bright and clean look. Add some under cabinet lighting, too. Stylish and practical, it can help to make food prep easier and creates a cosy aesthetic when the main lights are switched off.
Step three – update your backsplash
Statement backsplashes really make a kitchen pop. Use tile decals or paint to breathe some new life into yours. If you don't have one already, build one with mosaic sheet tiles or look into plastic or steel one-piece options.
Step four – add some trend-led touches
Choosing a theme makes it easier to find the right decorations for your kitchen. For example, in a country-themed kitchen you could add wooden butcher blocks and gingham tea towels. For a modern cooking area, you might focus on stainless steel simplicity.
Step five – spruce up your windows
95% of buyers make a beeline for the windows to check out the view. Give yours a clean, wash (or replace) any curtains and get rid of clutter from the sills. If you can, make the most of the view, too.
Step six – focus on function
Prospective buyers won't just be thinking about looks; they'll also want to know how easy the kitchen is to use. Adding a few convenient storage hacks will impress them when they go to open your drawers and cabinets. For example:
Pop a lazy Susan in deep cupboards to easily rotate jars and cans.
Hang knives from a magnetic strip.
Hang utensils inside cabinet doors.
A few simple touches like these can transform your kitchen, making the most of your space without overstretching your budget.
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