5 Tips for a Pre-Sale Kitchen Remodel

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may wonder whether a pre-sale kitchen remodel is a good idea. The answer is… it depends. 

If your kitchen is older and lacking that “wow” factor, it can definitely impact your home’s sale price. However, not all remodels are created equal. Before you start planning your kitchen renovation project, take a look at these five pro tips.

1. Don’t Go Overboard

When you’re remodeling for a home sale, it’s important to pay attention to which features you choose and how much you spend. Keep in mind that you’re not building a dream kitchen for yourself, but rather creating a space that will appeal to potential buyers.     

Be careful not to spend more on your kitchen remodel than your home value can support. If your home is valued at $300,000 and you add a $70,000 kitchen, you can’t expect to get a satisfactory return on your investment. To maximize your returns, you’ll generally want to spend no more than 6 to 10 percent of your total home value on your kitchen renovation project.

2. Consult with Your Realtor

Before making any pre-sale home improvements, it’s always a good idea to consult with your real estate agent. They can give you some insight into what buyers expect at your home’s price point as well as feedback on the features that attract buyers and kitchen flaws that typically pull down a home’s value.

You may find that you need to invest a bit more to keep up with the competition or that a few small touch-ups will do the trick. Plan to adjust your project up or down based on your realtor’s feedback.

3. Keep Things Simple

When you’re remodeling for a resale, be sure to choose materials and features that are likely to appeal to the masses. Now is not the time to go overboard with customization. Instead, choose to spend your money on functional features, like soft-close cabinet doors and drawers and quality stainless steel appliances.

You’ll also want to choose neutral colors for your floors, cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, and appliances. Just keep in mind that this doesn’t mean everything should be white. Instead, choose a color palate that is both natural and subdued.

4. Fix Design Flaws

If there are serious functional issues with your kitchen, concentrate on fixing them first. Consider any problems you’ve had with your kitchen’s layout and the flaws that buyers are most likely to notice.

For example, you may decide to reconfigure the space to create more storage or open it up to create a better flow. If you’re not quite sure how to optimize your kitchen space, try looking through kitchen renovation galleries for inspiration or consult with a design expert.

5. Choose a Kitchen Remodeling Company You Can Trust

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, the contractor you choose can make or break your project. The experts at Calusa Kitchen and Bath can help you optimize your budget and create an eye-catching design that’s sure to attract buyers. We’ll also make sure your project timeline stays on track, so you can be confident your remodel will be done by the time you’re ready to list your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.