Preparing to Sell Your Home: Inexpensive Home Updates: Kitchen Makeovers
When you put your house on the market, you can be sure that potential homebuyers are going to scrutinize the kitchen before they submit a purchase offer. Will your kitchen sell your home? If the answer is not a resounding yes, then it’s time to look at updating the space. The goal is to make the greatest impact toward enhancing your kitchen while maximizing return on investment.

Here are some project ideas for kitchens that hit the minimal-outlay/maximum-ROI sweet spot.

Preparing to Sell Your Home: Inexpensive Home Updates: Kitchen Makeovers
Pilar Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Spray (above) and Addison Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet (top)

Paint cabinetry
Do your cabinets make you cringe? Then they’re probably not going to make a great impression on potential homebuyers, either. Since they take up so much visual space in your kitchen, giving them a facelift can have a big impact. You don’t need to replace them to give them a makeover. If they’re in sound shape (i.e., no water damage, cracks or major chips), repaint them instead. Stick with reliable neutral hues like white, gray or beige.

Replace appliances
Appliances like refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers can be big-ticket items, but with some research, it’s possible to find efficient and elegant ones that won’t break the bank. If you’re replacing only one or two, be sure the finishes match to give the kitchen a higher-end look (to ensure an exact match, stick with products from a single manufacturer).

Enhance lighting
Like appliances, handsome lighting fixtures don’t have to cost a ton of money. And adding to or adjusting the light in your kitchen can brighten the space dramatically. A couple of options to consider: adding under-cabinet lighting for a more functional cooking space or installing a pendant light over the sink or island as a design showpiece.

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates
Pivotal Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O Technology

Upgrade your faucet
Up the wow factor of a kitchen by installing a stylish and technologically advanced faucet. Think about which style and finish best complement the overall aesthetic of the kitchen. Is a sleek and modern fixture appropriate, or perhaps something more traditional? Will a striking matte black finish suit the space, or does the room need the classic touch of chrome or polished nickel? Models with a pull-down spout offer extra convenience, and a touch-on, touch-off feature is a high-tech upgrade buyers will appreciate.

Economical Kitchen Updates
Trinsic Pro Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Spring Spout

Switch cabinet hardware
Admittedly not the most whiz-bang parts of a kitchen, hinges, drawer pulls and knobs have a powerful effect on décor. Like jewelry, these adornments add beauty and charm—and simply by swapping tired, out-of-fashion hardware for contemporary pieces, the kitchen will instantly feel fresher and look livelier.