Kitchens are no longer just for cooking. One of the biggest trends in real estate over the past several years has been the growing number of homebuyers looking for large, updated kitchens that can be used as a central gathering and socialization space. Ideally, they are looking for kitchens that connect to an open living room and are designed for entertaining.
“We have certainly seen a trend toward families spending more quality time in the kitchen, and they are really making it the heart of the home,” said Judy Hearst, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “Therefore, when selling your home, it is very important to showcase your kitchen’s most prominent features and update it to entice buyers, so that they can picture themselves spending quality time in it.”
Here are a few tips on how to update your kitchen to appeal to a buyer’s preferences today and sell your home faster:
· Islands are a highly desired kitchen accessory. They look sleek and provide convenience with more countertop space and more seating options, all crucial elements sought out by homebuyers. An island serves many purposes such as; cooking, food preparation, eating, and socializing. Your kitchen island can even be utilized as a workspace to tend to projects, pay bills, for the kids to do their homework or take care of miscellaneous needs. You can also add bar stools for seating space.
· Lighting sets the tone of your kitchen’s appeal. It needs to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. The key is to strike the right balance between creating the mood and seeing well to prepare meals. A simple trick is to add dimmers to existing lights. Or add task lighting to work areas, such as above the sink or stove.
· Storage space is the perfect solution to keeping clutter at bay. Adding shelving or cabinet space for your cook books, mail, or even the kids’ homework helps to keep families organized and leaves your kitchen space looking clean and orderly. Other easy and creative ideas to maximize your storage space are to use your walls by installing hooks to hang your pots and pans, mount calendars and notepads, and install a unit for a spice rack.
· Modernize as much as possible. Mismatched appliances can be an eyesore and make the design look messy and unfinished. But, if you don’t have the budget for new appliances, an easy, inexpensive update can be as simple as painting the cabinets and adding new knobs and handles.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a leading residential real estate brokerage company serving Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, Southeast Wisconsin and Southwest Michigan, operates 52 offices with more than 3,300 sales associates. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is part of NRT LLC, the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy’s company-owned real estate brokerage offices. For more information, please visitwww.coldwellbankeronline.com.