When a potential buyer tours a house listed on the market, their main focus is typically the kitchen. This is the room where family members gather to snack, chat, and spend time together. Whether that includes creating a family-friendly meal on top-of-the-line kitchen appliances or simply catching up over a cup of tea, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.
If you’ve been asked to help a homeowner renovate their kitchen before it hits the market, here are five of the best ways to turn the home into buyer bait.
A real estate agent can be your secret weapon when it comes to executing a renovation or remodel for resale. They can advise you on all the latest kitchen trends that homebuyers are hunting for. Alternatively, they can also tell you what to stay away from.
Although a flashy kitchen with statement-making wall paint and not-your-average colour appliances can be a really fun renovation to perform, it’s not always practical. It can limit the amount of people that show interest in purchasing the home. Instead, stick to a simple style that features a neutral palette. Select countertops and cabinets that will easily complement and accommodate a wide variety of styles and colour preferences.
Even if the homeowner’s budget allows for a top-of-the line luxury kitchen overhaul, that project may not be in the best interest of the home. If the neighbourhood or the home itself don’t warrant a major kitchen renovation investment, consider using the extra funds to update other areas of the home once a more modest kitchen remodel has been completed.
If the homeowner’s reno budget allows, consider adding a few specialty items that will make any potential purchasers say ‘wow!’
Some of these items can include:
If the homeowner is on board, consider increasing the surface space of the kitchen. This can include knocking down walls and expanding the kitchen into the dining room or living area. Buyers in today’s market are almost always looking for a home that offers clean sight lines from the kitchen into every corner. The open floor plan concept is great for families and couples that enjoy entertaining.
Updating an outdoor kitchen is another great way to increase the value of a home for resale purposes. For a little insight into things to consider before starting an outdoor kitchen remodel, check out our previous post: 5 Things to Ponder When Updating Outdoor Kitchen Appliances.
For all of your appliance needs, come and speak to the appliance experts at Genier’s in Vernon. We specialize in a wide variety of different makes and models. We can also help you decide which appliances will bring the most value to your home by taking you on a tour through our live showroom. Come see us today!