10 Tips to Update your Kitchen

December 20, 2010
As a professional Home Stager in Fairfield County, CT I see too often kitchens that look outdated. When consulting our clients, we often recommend inexpensive upgrades that will help you sell your house. Kitchen and bathrooms...

10 Tips to Update your Kitchen

As a professional Home Stager in Fairfield County, CT I see too often kitchens that look outdated. When consulting our clients, we often recommend inexpensive upgrades that will help you sell your house. Kitchen and bathrooms are the two most important rooms in a house and can make or break a deal with potential buyers walking through your house.Here are our Top 10 Tips for simple and inexpensive updates:

  1. Replace old hardware with up-to-date hardware such as brushed nickel handles or door knobs.
  2. If the wood of the cabinets looks worn, consider painting or re-facing the cabinets.
  3. Replace the countertop with a granite countertop. Granite has the perception of being expensive, but it does no longer cost as much as it used to.
  4. When you replace the countertop consider upgrading your kitchen sink with an under-mount sink.
  5. Update your faucet.
  6. Consider adding a backsplash if you do not have one.
  7. If you have a backsplash, but the grout has seen better days, you can use a grout bleach pen or simply a regular White Out (yes, the one on your desk) to refresh your white grouts. About a year ago I have used the White Out to refresh my own bathroom floor and it still is completely white and did not wear off.
  8. Upgrade your appliances – they all should have the same finish.
  9. Add under-mount cabinet lighting.
  10. Give the walls a fresh coat of a neutral color.
When getting your house ready for selling, de-clutter the countertops – leave out a maximum of only one countertop appliance.
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