12 October 2019

Top tips for preparing your kitchen before selling your home

Adrian Atelj
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Wondering which areas of your home to focus on when preparing for sale? The kitchen is the top contender for pre-sale renovating or refurbishment.

As the central room in every home, we visit the kitchen many times a day and it’s also a prime entertaining area when friends and family come together. This makes the kitchen very important to buyers.

If you have the budget for pre-sale renovating, the kitchen is where you should spend most of it.

Here are our top tips for enhancing the most valuable room in your property.

Give it a refresh

A lot of homes have older kitchens that haven’t kept up with the modern trends that buyers like.

“Your first option in pre-sale renovating is to replace the kitchen entirely,” said homes.com.au Founder & Managing Director, Pat Carbone.

“This is an expensive option, so talk to your agent about whether it’s worth it.”

Small changes can make a big difference. A common choice is to simply replace all kitchen cabinetry doors and handles. If your cupboards are timber, you could also paint them instead.
Same goes for bench tops. Ditching the 1970s laminate for chic CaesarStone will immediately add value. If you can’t afford stone, look at stone composites or stone-look laminates in modern colors. Some bench tops, as well as tiled splashbacks, can be painted or professionally sprayed to create a new look.

Do a deep clean

It happens to all of us, you work hard to keep your kitchen clean every day but somehow, dust, dirt and grime still build up over time. So, if you’re selling, you’ll need to do a deep clean.

You can do this yourself, or you can pay a cleaner to do it. Get into the nooks and crannies around appliances, bench tops and stove tops. Don’t forget the rangehood and the oven. Make everything sparkly!

Fill it with life

Consider using small pot plants carefully chosen to suit your décor, the amount of sunlight in your kitchen and the time of year. Beautiful bright flowers and fragrant herbs can seriously lift a kitchen’s presentation, too.

Pre-sale renovating is all about adding value and enhancing the presentation of your interiors and exteriors to impress buyers. In the case of kitchens, check out the latest decor trends online, get your agent’s input and tap into your buyers’ dreams!

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