5 Kitchen Renovations to Consider Before Selling Your House
by Kent Braaten
on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 at 12:00pm.
If you’ve been thinking about selling your house, there’s a good chance you’ve been making plans for some renovations that will attract buyers to your home. When it comes to the value of a potential property in a buyer’s mind, simple upgrades and repairs can go a long way; especially in the kitchen! Here’s what’s trending in kitchen renovations right now:
Gone are the days of pearly white cabinets that are in constant need of a wipe down. Instead, what we are seeing is a rising trend of cabinets being refinished with a colourful coat of paint to add a pop of contrast to the space, especially when partnered with white tile backsplashes and lighter-toned countertops.
To make this simple shift in your kitchen, start by removing your cabinet doors from the hinges and removing any glossy sealants with sandpaper or varnish remover. Then, paint with your colour of choice and allow to dry before putting them back on. Pro Tip: If the handles are also in need of some TLC, try giving them a fresh coat of black paint to stand out their new colourful background!
With the world placing more and more focus on the earth and sustainability, wood accents have become increasingly popular in home design. In the kitchen, this can take many forms, from adding exposed wood beaming around entryways and windows to swapping out old laminate countertops with a butcher’s block!
Speaking of the earth-conscious mentality, this environmental effect is also making quite an impact in colour choices right now. Rather than accenting with pops of bright neons or softened pastels, your kitchen will be much more on-trend with rich earth tones, like olive green, terra cotta, and this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year—classic blue.
Those colourful cabinets can be the perfect place for these modern hues! Or, for a simpler project, they also look great on an accent wall when paired with classic neutrals.
In the world of technology, everyone is looking to make their life a little easier—and the kitchen is no exception. One of the most important factors for home buyers is convenience and little upgrades throughout the home that will make their life easier in any way will only make them want it more.
Now, I’m not saying that you need to go out and invest in all new appliances with smart features for the new homeowners. Although, if you’re in need of new appliances, they’re definitely worth taking into consideration if you’re spending the money anyway. However, if you’re looking to save some money and your current appliances are in good condition, wifi-enabled light switches, outlets, thermostats, and even faucets can be cost-effective smart touches that buyers will noticeably appreciate!
Open Concept Design
Ask any REALTOR® what the one thing their buyers are looking for and I can almost 100% guarantee you that their answer will be this: space. Whether they’re first-time home buyers finally making the move from apartment life, growing families looking to size up, or even empty-nesters looking to size down, the last thing any buyer wants to feel is confined. So, if you have a smaller kitchen and might be feeling up to the challenge of a larger renovation, one thing you might consider is removing a wall (not weight-bearing, of course) to open it up!
Of course, if you don’t know what you’re doing, I always recommend safety first—check with a licensed contractor or home renovation specialist if this may be something you are considering. And if taking out a wall just isn’t an option for you, consider some alternative design changes that can even just create the impression of more space, like replacing higher cabinets with open shelving or making room for a larger window to bring in more natural light!
If you’re not sure what changes you might need to sell your home quickly, never hesitate to ask your REALTOR®. We can help guide you based on our experiences working in our local Saskatoon real estate market with both buyers and sellers, or we can even bring in an outside perspective from a stager or interior designer. Whatever it is you may need to sell your home, we are here to help!