If you’re thinking about moving in the next few years, you may want to upgrade areas of your home to improve its resale value. Ultimately, what you should upgrade depends on the value of your home and the neighborhood you live in, but it’s almost guaranteed that your best return on investment will come from money you put into your kitchen. You’ve heard that kitchens sell homes? It’s as true now as it ever was, so here are some ideas for kitchen upgrades you could knock out in a weekend or two that will give you the best return on investment when you’re ready to sell your home.
Paint the Walls
Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest DIY project homeowners can tackle to improve the look of their home. Walls with old paint, out-of-date wallpaper, or dents and scratches make a kitchen feel dingy. Patch up the walls and put on a fresh coat of a modern hue – light, neutral colors are the trend today – and your kitchen will feel much brighter and more welcoming.
Replace the Sink
If your home still has an old-style shallow stainless-steel sink, a new one is an excellent upgrade if you’re comfortable with some basic plumbing. Sinks that are deep and easy to clean are most desirable for buyers. A new sink can be a little pricey, but if you keep an eye out for sales and check in at your local ReStore, you may find a great deal.
Freshen Up Cabinets
If your cabinets are an out-of-date color or just looking dingy, a fresh coat of paint can improve their look while being considerably cheaper than getting all-new cabinets. Color trends for cabinets right now lean towards white or other neutral colors. If you do plan to eventually replace your flooring, just be sure your paint color will match!
Another great cabinet upgrade is to replace shelves with roll-out shelving. You don’t have to put them in every cabinet—even a few can go a long way toward making a kitchen feel more modern and convenient.
Add Soft Close Drawer and Cabinet Hardware
If your cabinets and drawers bang loudly whenever you close them, you can install soft close cabinet hinges and drawer slides. They aren’t as eye-catching as some of the other upgrades on this list, but buyers will definitely notice them when they are looking in your cupboards. Drawer slides can be quite a bit more expensive than cabinet hinges, but even just installing the cabinet hinges will be appreciated by homebuyers.
Install Matching Hardware
Does the hardware on your cabinets and sink match and feel updated? Replace it with new, modern hardware that ties separate elements of your kitchen together. Be sure you choose a design that’s modern but that pairs well with the color of your cabinetry.
Refresh the Backsplash
A new backsplash can be a huge visual appeal for comparatively little effort. If you’ve got an artistic streak, designing a tile or mosaic backsplash yourself can be lots of fun, although it will definitely be a larger project. Buying pieces that are ready to install is going to be pricier, but that route will also be much faster.
Whatever upgrades you decide to perform, it’s a good idea to talk to a real estate agent if you have questions about what kinds of features buyers in your area expect homes to have. Your goal is to go for what the homebuyers will want, so choose neutral looks when in doubt and don’t spend lots of money on something that other people won’t appreciate.
We hope doing some of these simple upgrades will increase the value of your home! What other home upgrades do you think improve resale value?