7 Kitchen Upgrades to Make Your Home Stand Out to Buyers

A modern, spacious kitchen

Even if this is not your first time selling your home, you might be aware of the importance of your kitchen for the process. This room is usually either a deal maker or a deal-breaker for potential home buyers. That's why you need to put all of your efforts into making it as attractive as possible. We have created a list of seven kitchen upgrades to make your home stand out to buyers. Study them carefully and consider each of them when the time comes to list your property. You should consider hiring professionals to help you carry out the project if you decide to make larger improvements.

High-end appliances

Kitchen appliances are what the kitchen is all about. Homebuyers want them to be nice looking, easy to use, and energy saving. So, those are the characteristics you should search for if you are planning to replace the old ones in your kitchen. Even though the kitchen appliances will not bring you an impressive return on investment, they might be the ones to make your home stand out to buyers.

Smart devices are in high demand nowadays. Being able to control your kitchen devices even when you are away from home is a perk many homebuyers expect to see in their future homes. A fridge that makes your grocery shopping list or a coffee maker that makes your morning coffee every day at the same time will impress most buyers and make your home stand out from other listings they are currently viewing. Even if you plan to keep those appliances and move them to your new home, relocation specialists can help with this. However, you can still use them to make an impression on potential buyers and sell your home faster. 

A white kitchen with top-notch appliances

Updated kitchen cabinets

For many homebuyers, cabinets will be the first thing they notice when they enter the kitchen. They are most responsible for the style and overall impression the room makes.

Cabinet door replacement might not be a budget-friendly improvement, but it will undoubtedly do the trick and please the eye of prospective buyers. If you are not ready to make such investments at the moment, you can replace the hardware and make sure everything is fixed and aligned.

Refresh the walls

For many homebuyers, cabinets will be the first thing they notice when they enter the kitchen. They are most responsible for the style and overall impression the room makes.

Cabinet door replacement might not be a budget-friendly improvement, but it will undoubtedly do the trick and please the eye of prospective buyers. If you are not ready to make such investments at the moment, you can replace the hardware and make sure everything is fixed and aligned.

Flooring is important too

Flooring is one of the residential construction projects worth doing before you list your home. Old laminate or worn-out vinyl floors will surely not make your home stand out in a good way. Hardwood floors or nice tiling are so much more appealing and easier to maintain. Time is money, so it makes sense that future homebuyers will look to buy solutions that will save theirs instead of wasting it. Hardwood, stone, and tiles are also durable options prospective buyers hope to get.

A practical tip: Don't waste too much money on rugs or carpets for your kitchen if you are listing your home. The chances that somebody will choose to buy your home because of them are slim, and your expenses might not get covered.

Modern countertops and fixtures

There is a wide range of countertops on the market nowadays to fit everybody's budget. Look for ones that will best suit your kitchen style, and, of course, you should install those that will be durable. Composite countertops are the most affordable option. You can find them in various styles, colors, and patterns. There is even a wide range of patterns imitating granite or marble, so those could be cheap yet effective solutions for your countertops.

When it comes to fixtures, replacing the old ones with new, modern models is the best option for you. But, if they are in generally good condition, there is no need to waste your money on such an improvement. Functionality is a must, so make sure that everything is clean and functioning.

Speaking of fixtures, when installing the new ones, hire someone to check your plumbing too. Faulty plumbing can cause more problems than anything else in the kitchen - neither you nor a new buyer would want that.

Lighting and windows

If your kitchen has a source of natural light, make sure that nothing is blocking it. Windows are much appreciated among homebuyers, so you should put an accent on those when showing your place. Choose nice curtains or shades and keep them clean and tidy at all times.

Bright kitchen

When it comes to artificial light sources, you should update those too before listing your home. Fluorescent lights are not popular anymore, and they can be tiring to the eye. The kitchen is a working area, so it should have the appropriate light color and strength. Nowadays, you can find thousands of light fixtures to suit your needs, from pendants to LED stripes and many other options. If you find it difficult to choose, consider hiring an expert to do it for you. The proper choice of light fixtures can make your home stand out.

Shelving and organizing solutions

Details are just as important for making the first impression as the big things in the kitchen. Beautiful shelves and decorative items are a nice touch, and they can even make your kitchen appear bigger and brighter. Open shelves and cabinets with glass doors will provide storage solutions without visually minimizing the room. Similarly, a nicely organized space can create the illusion of a more spacious area.

Those were several kitchen upgrades to make your home stand out to buyers. Decide which one (or ones) you would benefit from the most and hire professionals to help you execute your wishes.

A modern kitchen with open shelving