Here are some simple ideas for your kitchen that can make a big difference in the results of your sale.
Kitchens and bathrooms in particular are major factors that influence the sale price of a house.
However be aware that many home improvement projects don’t add value to your home, especially in a down market. In fact, some improvements can even detract from the asking price when you decide to sell. On the other hand, some projects can add significant value to your home.
When deciding to renovate either a kitchen or a bathroom it is important to renovate to the level of your house and the surrounding houses - going overboard can add significant cost which you will not see a return on.
What is the vision for the kitchen?
What sort of image do you wish to convey when staging and styling a kitchen? Will it be a cook's kitchen, a family kitchen or an entertainer's command centre?
Things to avoid are hard to maintain kitchens, or those with little storage, and every kitchen must be able to accommodate entertaining. It is especially common in Australia for parties to start in the kitchen?
What you want to create for your kitchen should ultimately be focused on the buyer or target market.
How to make sure that your kitchen shines...
Remove clutter, rarely used items and knick knacks during sale time.
Store anything that clutters up your benches day to day.
Pantry: Remove all out-of-date or almost empty packets and de-clutter and organise so it looks manageable.
All of the things most people don’t get a chance to clean every week must be sparkling.
Organise the contents of every draw and cupboard, especially in kitchens that have glass cupboard fronts or open shelving, and think about the heights, colours and labels of the items. A well-organised kitchen conveys a well-maintained, cared for and loved kitchen.
Introduce colour and life
The modern kitchen is an integrated living space in the home and hence it needs to be displayed that way.
Flowers - simple flowers or mixed native foliage.
Herbs or terrariums - looking fresh and healthy.
Cook books - choose your best cook books for a shelf or neatly arranged on the benchtop
Fruit - one or two types, don't go silly with it.
Appliances - if you have a fair amount of kitchen bench space leave a coffee machine or stand mixer on the bench.
Display it's capacity
Have fancy roll outs or advanced storage mechanisms, or a breakfast bar facility or anything special about your kitchen? Make sure you highlight it someway.
Ensure that you keep it this way for the sale period.