3 Kitchen Facelifts for Selling Your Home

Oftentimes when selling your home there are little things that you can do such as cleaning scuffs on the walls, changing light bulbs and giving your home a good cleaning to get it in selling condition. However, one of the most dramatic changes you can make to effectively increase the value on your home is to give your kitchen a facelift (if it’s older or dated).

1. Give the Cabinets a Facelift

Old oak cabinets that have yellowed over time are not very appealing to most potential home buyers. There are several ways in which you can change this, in a timely and cost effective manner, without going through the expense of a massive kitchen renovation.

One way to do so is to use the existing cabinets and reface the cabinet doors and drawers. Replacing the doors and drawer fronts only and leaving the existing cabinet boxes, is only a fraction of the cost of a full renovation.

Doors will likely have to be special ordered to fit however, some home improvement big box stores carry an in-stock line of cabinet doors in a variety of colors which could update the look.

2. Pay Attention to Detail

3 Kitchen Facelifts for Selling Your Home

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Painting and staining existing cabinets is another way to change the look of older cabinets. I recommend using a paint specifically for melamine if you have the old white melamine cabinets. If you have wooden doors it is best to sand the cabinets with a hand sander  before applying the stain or paint.

Make sure you take all of the proper steps so that you get a fresh look without the old color seeping through. You can even replace handles on doors and drawers to update the look without spending a lot of money.

3. Countertops Help Sell Your House

Perhaps your cabinets are not that old (less than 5 years) but you have post form laminate countertops in a dated forest green or sky blue. It would be worth the money to replace them with granite to immediately increase the value of your home.

When your kitchen is fresh and updated it gives a whole new look to your home. If your kitchen doesn’t scream 1970s it will be more likely to appeal to the younger generations who like more of a modern style.

Author Bio

This article was contributed by Maureen Cage, Certified Canadian Staging Professional. For more information about home staging in preparation for your move, visit her website at www.rich-interiors.org.


  1. Claudio Altomare says:

    This is great steps on small things you can change in your kitchen to help sell your home. It is a cheap but effective way for my clients to add appeal to their kitchens, without a big cost to them. In the past the new buyers commented on how great the kitchen area is and that it was one of the main reason for purchasing the house. Thanks for your thoughts on. This topic

  2. Thanks for the information! I’ve been trying to make my kitchen look better to increase my chances of selling it by the end of the month. These seem like great tips for renovations that will be noticed by buyers. My cabinets look rather out of place in my kitchen, so perhaps it would help me to start there.

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