A home is meant to be improved: this is the belief of all realtors. Profits can’t be earned with standard structures; buyers are no longer easy to impress; and individuals must upgrade their houses to gain respect.
There is one room that must be aided above all others, however — the kitchen.
No area is more vital to buyers and no area will therefore offer higher returns. It is important to provide modifications to a kitchen before placing a home on the market; and certain elements can’t be denied:
One: Cabinets. First impressions are everything within a kitchen. Buyers expect pristine style and endless functionality — and cabinets are therefore the first items they examine. Replacing dated woods and old fixtures is essential when selling a home. Upgrades are not always possible (they can demand thousands of dollars) but a simple refinishing will help to modernize these pieces, especially when accompanied with new knobs and neutral colors.
Two: Counters. The modern buyer is discerning when it comes to his counter-tops. He wants surfaces that are easy to maintain and easier still to blend with a variety of styles. Choosing to replace laminate finishes with granite, concrete or slate is therefore wise. Purchase pre-fabricated slabs (rather than custom ones) to save money.
Three: Flooring. The kitchen is where all families gather; the flooring therefore experiences endless pacing and wear. It’s recommended then to select materials that can be cared for without concern. Consider cork, bamboo or hard wood (soft wood will simply dent). Try to avoid options with heavy grout lines, however, as these must be cleaned often.
Expectations must be understood. Standards must be met. Buyers are demanding more from their kitchens than mere storage space. They’re instead craving style — and these updates will ensure that it’s provided to them. Choose to redefine the cabinets, counters and flooring to gain an instant advantage.