| Home Staging

Nowadays, a many kitchens are getting the star treatment. This space has become the central location for most families and their lifestyles.

A lot of people are opting for brand new kitchens and different upgrades from top of the line appliances to engineered stone counter tops. Potential buyers are searching for the finished product rather than a kitchen they have to tear down and redo themselves.

It is a good idea to check out the other homes in your area that are up for sale and in the same price bracket as yours. Do they have updated kitchens? Does their kitchen have more to offer than yours? If yes, it’s a great idea to invest in yours.

It may not be in your budget to start tearing down walls and installing new cabinetry. However, there are some cost friendly techniques you can use to give your kitchen a fresh face. Getting an experienced home stager’s advise is a well worth investment.

For example, old cabinet doors can be painted. Depending on the size and décor of your home, you want the colour to harmonize with the rest of your house. Creams and whites tend to always make the best choices. Try to stay away from colour trends and stick to neutrals. Keep in mind you will need to paint any exposed cabinetry as well to match.
If you have those old cabinet doors with the wooden handle across the bottom, paint to match the rest of the door. After you’ve painted, install new handles.

The cabinetry handles and knobs are the jewelry of your kitchen. By just replacing to current kitchen trends, they will give an instant update. Make sure they match the finish of your sink faucet (which should also be replaced if worn). These items you can find anywhere and for any budget. Open your latest home décor magazine to get some inspiration.

If your appliances are old and not matching in colour, you should think about updating them. Buyers will pay more for houses with newer appliances and that are included in the asking price.

Also, think about your counter tops. Old cracked and stained laminate has to go. There are all kinds of new materials to put in kitchens now. Granite is still a people pleaser and more cost friendly than other new materials. Pick a colour that will compliment your cabinetry and other kitchen finishes.

Going further, a great finishing look would be to add in some new back-splash. There are many options you can do to incorporate a new look. Get a designer or home stager in before you start shopping and purchasing. They can help to advise on where to shop and what to buy. This is an important space to sell and you want to do it right.