The kitchen is your Boston Beacon Hill condo is the heart and soul. Even for families that only eat take-out, there’s something special about the space where everyone gathers to set down their load from the day and get replenished.
Is that the reason that home buyers love a well appointed kitchen? If your home has a nice front door and new carpeting, old appliances and drab cabinetry in the kitchen will seem all the more out of place.
General tip on remodeling:
cleaning, weeding, and painting gets the best return. Always clean and paint! You can potentially get 1000% return on your time and money as opposed to putting up a dirty, weedy, roughed-up Beacon Hill home for sale. If you are going to put in some big bucks into remodeling, typically the best way to get a good increase from your home remodeling dollar is to bring the whole condominium up to a new category. Whole home remodels get the biggest return on investment, but if you don’t want to or can’t spend that sort of money first clean and paint, Then if you have money left over, remodel the kitchen. If you are only going to remodel one room in the home, remodel the kitchen. This doesn’t necessarily mean ripping out the kitchen and starting over from scratch.
If you are selling your Boston Beacon Hill home, your goal is to get investment back, plus more. Look for areas in your kitchen that you can improve, instead of replace, and you can save a lot of money.
Here are my top Boston home kitchen redos that are most likely to give you a return on your investment:
Light it up! Beacon Hill
A Beacon Hill condo for sale could always use a little more sunshine, and there’s no harm in enlisting some light bulbs to help with the job. Many kitchens I look at as a real estate agent seem too dark, but they don’t need to be. Under-the-cabinet lights are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Or, get creative and place these strips of LEDs under the edge of a bar or along the top of cabinets, to really make your kitchen pop! Don’t forget about the lights you already have: Be sure bulbs maximize the recommended wattage and that fixtures are clean so that your kitchen light can do its job.
Resurface or refresh countertops.
Tile countertops are out, don’t replace your current top with tile. However, if you already have tile I know contractors that can make your tile tops look like they were installed yesterday, and they put a nice finish on them that will last for years. They can fix up and seal your current tile counters for a fraction of the cost of new counters. Laminate can also be replaced, often for less than a thousand or two. If you already have laminate, but it is beat up or has holes in it, considering replacing. Granite slab (not granite tile) is still the preferred choice, but can be expensive, so be sure to get a few bids. If your home already has a cutting edge modern look, consider concrete counters or a unique alternative (there are many options).
Paint the walls.
A fresh coat of paint does wonders and it’s one of the easiest Beacon Hill condo improvements you can do in any room. Kitchens especially can gather grime and cause interior paints to look dingy over time. When choosing a color to repaint your Boston kitchen, keep in mind that you’ll want it to harmonize with colors in surrounding rooms and on your kitchen cabinetry. Light grays are modern, elegant, and definitely in the Portland stylebook. Consult the paint experts at your local home improvement store for more suggestions. Typically you’ll want an eggshell finish as it resists food stains better and is easier to clean.
Replace old appliances as needed.
It’s easier to guess what appliances home buyers are going to love, versus paint colors. Boston condo buyers want energy-sipping appliances that are quiet and blend in nicely with the kitchen decor. If only replacing one appliance, say the dishwasher, go with the same finish as other appliances like the oven. Refrigerators are the least important to match since these often are replaced anyway or not part of the sale, with the exception of built-in units. Look for the Energy Star rating and get the best you can in your price range. Match the appliance brand to the type of home. If you have a luxury home, you’ll want to buy luxury brands. If you don’t, purchasing a mid-grade brand is fine. If the most likely market for your home is a first time home buyer, then you can purchase a cheaper brand, the first time buyer will simply appreciate having new appliances in their kitchen.
Put in a nice backsplash.
This is a quick, relatively inexpensive way to instantly improve the look of your kitchen. Often, the walls behind sinks get wet and — especially in Portland — mold can grow anywhere that receives regular moisture. If this area is moldy, be sure to clean it off and remove paint as necessary before you put a backsplash over! After the area has been prepped, design your own tile backsplash or go the easy route: peel-and-stick tiles, available at your local home improvement store. Again, just be sure to match the colors to your kitchen’s current color scheme.
Replace cabinet hardware.
Here’s a little touch that definitely goes through style changes. When choosing new handles, hinges and drawer pulls for your kitchen cabinets, find a line designed to look simple and modern (or match with your home style). You’ll be impressed at how much this little change can update your kitchen!
Declutter small spaces.
We already know that organizing and cleaning are the first two steps in getting your Boston Beacon Hill home ready to put on the market, but you can and should take decluttering to another level in your kitchen, especially if it’s tight space. Remove all but one or two magnets or drawings from the front of the refrigerator. Find cupboard space for small appliances like toasters, bread makers and coffee grinders. Show as much counter space as you can.
Consider open cabinetry.
Although it won’t work in every kitchen, removing the cabinet doors can do wonders to open up darker kitchens. You’ll save on new cabinets while giving your kitchen a fresh and unique look. Check out images on Pinterest or Houzz for ideas. Just be sure to save those cabinet doors, in case future home owners prefer to put them back on.
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