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8 Crucial Kitchen Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Home

Cristina is a Florida native and Realtor by trade. She enjoys writing about travel, real estate, and several other interesting topics.


If you're thinking of selling your home, one of the best ways to get top dollar for your home is to improve and update the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where most entertaining happens, and a gathering spot for family and friends. These eight kitchen updates will give you a killer kitchen that will help sell your home. And make it even more inviting if you don't have plans to sell just yet.

1. Refresh Your Cabinets

Are your cabinets outdated but still in good shape? If so, you might be able to simply paint them to give them new life. Paint combined with new hardware goes a long way to giving older cabinets a whole new look. And it's much more cost-effective than buying and installing brand new cabinets.

To get started, remove the cabinet doors, clean them well with soap and water, and buy your supplies. Keep your color palette in mind and go for a neutral color if selling your home is your goal. Paint the cabinets with brushes and small rollers, and take the cabinet doors outside or into the garage to spray with a paint sprayer. When everything is dry, install new hinges and knobs or pulls.

2. Upgrade to Quartz Countertops

Granite is new Formica. Every home has granite countertops so if you're looking for a countertop material that will wow potential buyers a little more, consider a more modern material for your countertops. This is one area of your kitchen in which you'll want to splurge a little and upgrade to quartz countertops.

Quartz is a hard surface with many designs and colors from which to choose. It is also more durable and environmentally-friendly than other countertop materials.


3. Update the Lighting

Kitchen lighting can be so much fun to update and is one of the best updates you can make in the kitchen. Swap in new pendants over the island and kitchen sink, increase your kitchen’s appeal by installing recessed lighting on a dimmer, and provide focused lighting with undercabinet lights or track lighting. The best part of this upgrade is that it can also be very cost-effective.

4. Invest in a Good (Quiet) Dishwasher

If your appliances have seen better days, replacing them with mid-range stainless-steel appliances is a good update to consider. If you're upgrading to sell, top-of-the-line won't necessarily bring you a good return on investment and probably won't be worth the splurge.

The one exception to that rule? The dishwasher.

A high-end dishwasher will be quiet and much-appreciated by your potential buyers.

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5. Bring in a Crisp, New Backsplash

Installing a neutral, clean backsplash can win you points with prospective buyers.

Backsplashes make a big difference and a busy or outdated one should be replaced with classic subway tiles or any other neutral-colored tile. And though we have recommended replacing old appliances above, pairing a new backsplash with upgraded countertops can make those older appliances look newer.

6. Brighten Up the Color Palette

Once upon a time, dark kitchen cabinets and dark granite counters were a thing. They are not any longer. If this is the color palette in your kitchen, it's time to reconsider that palette.

While you can paint dark cabinets and replace countertops with a lighter shade, it's also important to refresh the walls with a bright, neutral paint color. A light color can also help make smaller kitchens look more spacious.


7. Add Premium Touches

As people turn more to eating home-cooked meals, either for quality or for health reason, buyers are looking for luxury touches in the kitchen. After all, it's the space where we're increasing spending more time.

In fact, many people today consider themselves foodies and expect a well-thought-out kitchen found in sophisticated homes. Think wine fridges, filtered water at the sink, and pot fillers. These little extras will wow buyers and bring better offers for your home.

8. Give the Kitchen a Serious Deep Clean

With self-proclaimed foodies spending more time in the kitchen, it's no surprise that your kitchen needs to be spotless. Nothing will turn buyers away faster than dirty kitchen. Keep your kitchen clean, bright, and shiny. Food and drink spills should be cleaned immediately before caking. Refrigerators need a monthly deep clean and refresh. Wipe down cabinets weekly. And don't forget those baseboards. A quick weekly vacuum and wipe down will take care of any dust or spills that you've missed. It goes without saying, of course, that ovens and microwaves need to be sparkling-clean.

Bottom line, if your kitchen looks like a million bucks, it will help sell your home for top dollar. And if it looks like you haven't cleaned or cared for it, buyers will bring that same feeling and critical eye into the rest of the home.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Cristina Vanthul

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