Homebuyers all across the country, from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City, are discerning about what they want in a property. After all, a home is a significant purchase. And one thing they will look at, without a doubt, is if the kitchen requires remodeling. Food is one of those things that bring people together. So, it’s inevitable that a home gets judged by its kitchen. Around 80% of homebuyers consider the kitchen as one of the most important spaces they check out.
What if you are looking to sell your abode, but your kitchen is outdated or small? What changes can you make to maximize the space and fetch a higher price for your house on the market?
1. Add cabinets along the wall space
Have you really made use of all your space in the kitchen? It’s possible that you have used up all your horizontal square footage. But what about the vertical space along the walls?
When remodeling your kitchen, you need to concentrate on the available wall space. The space around your fridge, above your sink, and above the cabinets attached to the floor can serve you well if you are creative enough. Have new cabinets installed in those areas. Even the corners in your kitchen can provide additional space to put shelves in for more storage. And make sure everything is designed to fit well without sticking out too much into the remaining space.
2. Bring in more light into the kitchen
Take a good hard look at your kitchen flooring. What’s on the surface? And what color is your flooring?
Color can be used to change the way you and others around you perceive things. If your kitchen is small, you need to make it appear bigger. And one way to do that is to ensure your flooring is lighter. So when you remodel your kitchen, consider replacing darker floors with lighter ones. That will make the room appear brighter and airier.
To increase brightness in a small kitchen, you may also want to change your windows or window treatments. If your kitchen windows are very small, it may be time to make them much bigger. Alternatively, you can increase the number of windows in the space. You could also widen the entrance to the kitchen from the living room or patio.
If you choose to change the window treatment, select something that allows in more light. Remember, the more light you have in your kitchen, the bigger it will appear. It’s all about perception.
3. Install multi-functional and foldable furniture pieces
When space in the kitchen is an issue, then you need to think outside the box. Any furniture pieces you install in the kitchen should be foldable or multi-functional. For example, you can have a butcher block included within one section of the cabinet. You can pull it open to use it, and put it back in when you don’t need it. You can also have foldable tables, a magnetic strip for knives, a movable table island, movable kitchen benches with storage underneath the seating, etc.
You may not have the budget or space to actually make your kitchen bigger when remodeling but don’t let that deter you. You can still maximize your kitchen space by thinking outside the box.