Summer is upon us and that usually means a hot real estate market! 2017 is no exception with home prices continuing to rise. If you are thinking of selling your home, here are a few tips that will help get it sold. Yes, kitchen countertops make the list!
The best place to start is decluttering. You want a potential buyer to feel like they could live in the space. Therefore, taking a more minimalist approach to your decor and putting belongings in a storage until will do wonders. It not only makes the home appear larger, but more valuable as a purchase. If you don’t know where to begin, you can always hire a home stager to assist with the project and below is a check list of things to consider:
- Seasonal clothing, blankets, and linens
- Reduce the number of pillows and throws in your decor
- Reduce the number of knickknacks on your kitchen countertops and shelves
- If your curtains cut out natural light, remove them
- Keep only a few family photos on display
First impressions are so important. Make sure your lawn is freshly manicured and the exterior of your home is clean and inviting. Purchase a planter with flowers and a new welcome mat for the front entrance.
Also, make sure your drive-way is not cluttered with cars, toys, or garbage receptacles. Take the minimalist approach with the outside just like you do on the inside.
Little Details Go A Long Way
Lighting, cabinetry hardware, paint, hand towels, and yes, even fresh baked cookies all have an impact on on how a buyer views your home.
With lighting, paint, and cabinetry hardware, make sure you are consistent with the overall look and feel of the home. For instance, do not purchase an ultra modern light fixture for the kitchen when the home is traditional.
As for paint, choose a light neutral color for all the rooms of the house. This not only makes the rooms appear larger and more unified, but enables the potential buyer to visualize their belongings in the space. A light greige color is a very safe choice!
Little touches here and there like new hand towels, fresh flowers, and baked cookies help to make the house feel more like a home. You don’t want a walk-through to be hampered with the smell of last night’s dinner or the garbage disposal.
The Kitchen is still the Most Important Room of the House
And lastly, the kitchen is still the main draw for homebuyers. If you are going to put money into the home before resale, focus your budget here. As discussed, the little things like paint, new hardware, and lighting can update a room, but the kitchen needs more of an investment. New cabinetry can be costly so updating the kitchen countertops is more cost effective.
Right now, granite, marble, and quartz are the most popular choices for kitchen countertops in both new construction and home renovation. Remember to play it safe with your color choices. You want the countertops to flow with the architecture and style of the space. If you have difficulty making a decision, a countertop design consultant can assist you with the project.
“The most important room in the house is the kitchen. Nothing stands out more to a buyer than the countertops. It is almost always the first thing buyers comment on as they walk into the home. Regardless of the price, buyers expect granite or quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bathroom these days. I’ve had many buyers declined visiting an otherwise beautiful home because it didn’t have solid countertops.“ –Matthew Schwartzhoff, Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International Realty