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Kitchen Fixes Can Increase Your Asking Price


kitchen.jpgMost Realtors will tell you that improvements to your kitchen will add more value to your house than just about any other interior fix-up. Many buyers focus on the look and feel of the kitchen. If it's outdated and shabby, they might move on to the next house. Kitchen fixes don't necessarily have to be costly. You need to decide whether cosmetic changes are enough or if you need some serious fixing up.

The key to a sellable kitchen is one that feels inviting. Color has a lot to do with the allure. Light colors reflect window light and can really brighten up a kitchen. Warm colors can take away the sterile feel of some spaces. If you have a lot of hanging pots and pans or distinctive cabinets, cool, medium shades can show off your woodwork and cookware. This can boost the buyer's impression of kitchen quality.

Here are some pointers:

  • Paint it.

Pick a color that compliments the cabinets, appliances and furniture.

Tip: Keep the ceiling light to brighten the room.

  • Refresh your cabinets with a coat of paint.

    Woods and stains go out of style just like colors do. Fresh painted cabinets can look much more appealing than dingy wood.

    Tip: Change the handles while you're at it. This makes your cabinets look new.

  • Replace your countertops.

    Countertops are trendy. Replacing them can be an inexpensive way to make the who kitchen feel new.

    Tip: Get nice-looking countertops, not expensive one, since you won't be around to enjoy them.

  • Change out the fridge and stove.

    If you were planning on getting new appliances, you might want to put them in the old kitchen first to make it a show kitchen. Note on the contract that they're not part of the deal and you can take them with you.

    Tip: Don't replace the dishwasher, since they're mounted in the cabinets and almost always considered part of the house.

  • Replace the light fixtures and globes.

    This can make the room sparkle.

    Tip: If they're hopeless, replace them. New fixtures can be inexpensive.

If you do a project like this on your own, plan on a day to two weekends. Sunderland Home Improvement can help you accomplish all this so you can best apply your energy to the other things you need to do to sell and move.


* We can do everything from a simple paint job to a complete kitchen redo. We'll have your kitchen looking so good, you'll have second thoughts about selling

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