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The kitchen is the perfect place to wow prospective buyers. Here are the upgrades you should make when selling your home.

The kitchen has often been called the most important room in the home, and that statement holds true when it comes time to put your home up for sale. Our real estate agents have learned that one of the first things prospective buyers look at is the kitchen.

That's why we always recommend that homeowners make sure their kitchens are up to par before listing theirĀ Southport homes for sale. If you're planning on selling your home, consider these affordable kitchen upgrades before you do so.

  • Start with a Clean Slate
    While it isn't exactly an upgrade in the strictest sense of the word, one of the first and most important steps you should take is to get your kitchen immaculately clean. Eliminating clutter will make the space appear more spacious to a potential buyer and can also give you more of an opportunity to see your kitchen as it really is. Once you have that perspective, it will be easier to determine what further upgrades should be made.

  • Refresh Your Cabinets
    If replacing all your cabinets is within your budget, then it might be worth considering. If not, there are still ways you can freshen up the look of your cabinetry without tearing them all out and starting from scratch. You might be surprised how repainting your cabinets or replacing all the drawer handles, and cabinet pulls can refresh the whole room. Another trendy update is to remove cabinet doors to display the well-organized kitchenware within.

  • Update Kitchen Lighting
    Lighting fixtures have a way of going out of style so slowly that we don't even notice. But if your kitchen lighting hasn't been updated in a decade or more, it's a good idea to punch it up before selling your home. New fixtures over a kitchen island or sink can especially boost the room's appeal. Under-counter lighting can also be an eye-catching upgrade, and recessed lighting with a dimmer is often attractive to buyers.

  • Replace the Backsplash
    It's easy to ignore your kitchen backsplash or think of it as merely something that's there to catch splatters and spills. But it has a lot of potential to impact the overall look of the room, and if yours looks a bit dated, than it might be time for an upgrade. Your kitchen backsplash can either blend neutrally into the background or make a bold statement, depending on your preference.

  • Choose a New Color Scheme
    Repainting your kitchen requires an investment of time, but it's also a low-cost way to totally transform the room. If you're getting ready to sell your home, it's generally advised to avoid old, bright colors in favor of a more neutral palette. Consider painting the majority of the kitchen in a light, neutral shade, with one accent wall in an eye-catching complimentary color that matches the cabinetry, backsplash, or appliances.

  • Upgrade the Countertops
    A full countertop replacement is a big project that can be a bit more of an investment than most of the other upgrades on this list. But it can have a huge impact on the impression your kitchen makes, especially if your current countertops are old, outdated, or visibly worn. Quartz has become the trendiest countertop material in recent years, but other materials, including granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, and butcher's block, can also be great options.

Contact us today to learn more about buying or selling a home in the Southport, NC area. Whether you're looking for your dream home or getting ready to put your house on the market, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way.