If you could get two dollars for every dollar you spend, would you do it? You might be thinking, ‘Well, now, that depends on what I have to do.’ Okay, then what if you could get that two dollars on the dollar for buying inexpensive things, like fake cakes or pies, that spruce up the look of your kitchen? How does that sound to you? Well, here’s how you may be able to earn two dollars for every dollar you spend on touching up your own kitchen. If your home is on the market, you may not want to miss this.
Why Your Kitchen?
Did you know that your kitchen is the biggest attraction in your home? Let’s think about it. The kitchen area is a largely inviting place, and people are drawn to it. It’s no different when you’re selling your home. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, your kitchen carries a huge influence on a buyer’s perception of your home and its value. Your kitchen can make or break your ability to sell your home for your ideal price tag, but there are a few small, budget friendly things you can do to get your kitchen in shape for the sale of your home. The great thing is that many of these tips are also tips that home interiors and stagers use, so don’t be afraid to use them if you just want to create a different look in your kitchen. If the kitchen in your home is appealing, you’ll love it even more!
Fixing Up With Fixtures
Let’s think, first, about your kitchen fixtures. If you haven’t changed your fixtures in ten years, it may be time to give those a lift. I’ve been able to find really nice fixtures at yard sales for a great price, simply because the homeowner bought them, and they decided not to use them (and likely didn’t take them back in time). So this is a nice start. Yes, finding just what you want at a yard sale is like finding a needle in a haystack, but it’s worth a shot. Nice kitchen fixtures are visually appealing, and very noticeable. Also, keep things matching. If you use stainless steel fixtures, make sure your stove and hood will visually match your selection. Stainless steel can actually give your kitchen a high end look, while being pretty cost effective.
As a side note, you should be cost effective without being super cheap. One Massachussetts dentist apparently saved a little money by using paper clips in a root canal, instead of stainless steel. Never be that thrifty with your mouth or your kitchen.
If your flooring is marred and neglected, unfortunately, you may need to replace your flooring, and if your floors are linoleum, you’ll definitely need to replace them. Why? Well, linoleum floors are like the plague to a new home buyer. I’m sorry guys, but they actually convey that you’re cheap and don’t care about investing in your home. So, why would anyone else be interested in putting up their own money to invest in something that you haven’t cared enough for. On the other hand, wood or tiled flooring may just need a facelift, some shine, grout, replaced tiles, you know, very cost effective fixes.
Now it’s time for those counters. In a well lived in house, we tend to keep the counters covered with our necessities. I’m really speaking about myself here. My Bosch mixer is on my counter, some canisters, and a few other things not worth mentioning. You get the point. Counters can become cluttered very quickly. The idea is to create space, while also giving a sense of character to your home. Clearing the counters, and staging a few
If you’re thinking, ‘Well, what in the world would I do with my stuff?’ That’s a great question that has to be covered in another post. For now, Here’s a video that will help you get the basic idea of how you can make your counters more attractive.