Did We Just Step Into A Kitchen From The 80s?!
You know the tile I’m talking about. The (what used to be) white tile with now brown colored grout.
If you aren’t keen on fully remodeling your kitchen, you can still breathe new life into it! This can be very helpful if you are planning to sell soon as well. (Our clients always say “Why didn’t we do this sooner?!”)
To the right is a past client’s kitchen after brightening the tile and grout. He also had his oak cabinets painted a neutral modern gray color to help for showings.
Have the grout cleaned and brightened!
We have worked with multiple sellers that strongly considered upgrading their entire kitchen. Upon further analysis and discussion with these sellers, it was determined that the cost of the upgrades would be beyond any return it would gather. Yes you read it right, it does not always make sense to go big in preparing to sell. These sellers still wanted to do something that could garner a higher return on the sale of their home. The idea is to make minor, cost-effective adjustments that help the kitchen pop. This way when buyers walk through during open houses, and look at pictures online they aren’t thinking about the word “project.”
The kitchens in these homes had that all-too familiar kitchen tile and grout countertop. The white tiles have faded, the grout has turned to brown and they just didn’t look very pleasant. Our suggestion to these sellers was simple. Get those tiles and the grout brightened back to white! And WOW did that make a difference in how the kitchens showed overall. Sure they weren’t the gorgeous granite counters we often see in homes, but they sparkled! One seller even painted out their oak cabinets in a modern gray color and turned an old-looking kitchen into one that looks clean and modern. What a turn around for a fraction of a remodel cost!
It’s these small adjustments that can generate a positive return on investment when selling your home.
Have a look at some before and after photos below, provided by the gentleman we recommend to our seller clients. 🙂
How about those results! Trust me, when you see it in person it is even more amazing. What a difference it makes when it looks that much cleaner and brighter. This makes buyers feel much more comfortable about seriously considering your home if they don’t feel like they are taking on a project in the kitchen. Also, if you aren’t selling soon you just upgraded your home at a fraction of the cost! 🙂
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