Your kitchen can make or break your home sale. Kitchens are the heart of any home, and most buyers put updated kitchens at the top of their wish lists. So what happens if you’re selling a home that has, let’s say, a less-than-contemporary feel? Do you need to invest thousands or possibly tens of thousands of dollars for a complete rehab? Fortunately, in most cases, that isn’t necessary. If you want to refresh your outdated kitchen, then check out these tips that will give you a quick, easy, and affordable update.

Paint wood cabinets

Pine and other woods were very on-trend…several decades ago. While some buyers may appreciate the look of natural wood, most want something more modern. If you have pine or other wood cabinets, then consider giving them an update with paint. While this particular job may require some time and effort on your part, it is affordable and will transform the look of your kitchen.

Swap out hardware

Another easy and affordable way to quickly refresh your outdated kitchen is to swap out hardware and faucets. It seems like such a small thing, but cabinet hinges and drawer pulls are the like the cherry on top of the cake. They can take your kitchen from drab to fab in an instant. Likewise with faucets. By simply choosing a more modern-looking faucet with water-saving features, your kitchen will be much more attractive to potential buyers.

Refresh your color palette

When was the last time you updated the color scheme of your kitchen? If Reagan was president at the time, then it’s time to make a change. Colors go in and out of style every year, so updating your kitchen’s color palette can also make it far more appealing to buyers. Choose bright, neutral colors that will bounce light around the space and make it feel more spacious and clean. This is a job you can easily and inexpensively do yourself.

Change up the lighting

Lighting can also dramatically affect the look and feel of your kitchen. If you haven’t updated your lighting fixtures in a long time, then this is another way you can quickly and cheaply upgrade your kitchen. There are many choices at most home improvement stores and online and they are often easy to install yourself. Also, consider adding smart lights to your kitchen that can be controlled remotely through a smartphone.

Add new decorative touches

Is your kitchen currently full of roosters, cartoon chefs, or drawings of wine bottles? Do you have lots of word signs placed around your kitchen that say things like “Eat” or “Live, Laugh, Love”? Then it’s time to do a decorative refresh. Word signs and country decor have gone out of style with today’s homebuyers. Most buyers are looking for sleek, modern, and minimalist kitchens that have plenty of space and are easy to keep clean. Remove all the old decor and keep any new decor to a minimum. Swap out curtains for simple window treatments like roman shades or even a window film that maintains privacy but lets in plenty of natural light.

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