When you’re selling a home in Ellicott City, Catonsville or elsewhere in Maryland, your REALTOR® will talk to you about improvements you can make to help you bring in a bigger profit. Some of those improvements may be in your kitchen. In fact, check out these five kitchen improvements you can make right now to encourage buyers to put in higher offers for your home.

5 Kitchen Improvements You Can Make RIGHT NOW to Get Higher Offers

Naturally, your mileage may vary – and you should always talk to your REALTOR before you spend any money improving a home just to sell it – but check out these five kitchen improvements you may want to make. They may bring in higher offers and help you sell your home faster.

  1. Upgrade your countertops
  2. Update your light fixtures
  3. Add a fresh, bright and clean backsplash
  4. Bring in a few upscale touches
  5. Pull your cabinets into 2021

Here’s a closer look at each.

Kitchen Improvement #1: Upgrade Your Countertops

If your countertops are dark – or if they’ve seen better days – now may be the right time to upgrade them. Buyers are trending toward lighter colors in the kitchen, so quartz, granite or even wood may be the perfect idea. Because new countertops can be a significant investment, it’s important that you talk to your REALTOR before you commit.

Kitchen Improvement #2: Update Your Light Fixtures

Bright is the name of the game in the kitchen, and buyers want to see that you have modern fixtures. The good news: New light fixtures are readily available (and often pretty affordable) at your local home improvement store. They’re also usually easy to DIY, so if your fixtures are dated, go see what’s on sale. While you’re at it, consider updating your light switch plates, outlet plates, and cabinet and drawer handles.

Related: 7 quick & easy curb appeal tips that can help you sell your home fast


Kitchen Improvement #3: Add a Fresh, Bright and Clean Backsplash

Neutral-colored, super-clean backsplashes are the way to go when you’re selling your home. If your current backsplash is dated or it features a wild, busy pattern, it’s probably time to pull it out and replace it with something more modern.

Kitchen Improvement #4: Bring in a Few Upscale Touches

With more people spending more time at home than ever before, a few upscale touches can go a long way. Think about adding things like a filtered water spout, a built-in beverage or wine cooler, or a pot filler – anything that would make life easier.

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Kitchen Improvement #5: Pull Your Cabinets Into 2021

The wrong cabinets can make a home look crowded, dingy or even extremely outdated. If your cabinets are still in good shape, you can get by with refacing them; if they’re sagging or pretty rough-looking, you may want to consider replacing them. In most cases, a little facelift will do the trick. You may want to hire a professional to reface your cabinets, or if you’re experienced, you can do it yourself. The one thing to keep in mind, no matter who redoes your cabinets, is that you want to stick with neutral colors so they appeal to the widest possible range of buyers.

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