1. Increase The Work Area
This is a big one with potential buyers. If one has a family, and will be cooking a lot, work space is a huge issue in a kitchen. Many smaller homes do not have much area to work on. Counter space is lacking, and things can be cramped. Even in large homes, houses can be designed so that the kitchen has better ascetics than function.
This is a good time to have your kitchen remodeled with an eye on increasing the working area. Extend the counters. Add an island or peninsula. Install a hanging track for pots and pans, freeing up counter space, and cabinet space. Even in the smallest kitchen areas, a good designer will be able to redesign so that space is maximized.
They may be vertical, using shelving to free up counter area. They may even put in a stacked area in your counter top, giving you two work areas without increasing the length or width of your counters.
2. Install Granite or Tile
Using stone of any kind, including tile, is a great way to increase your home’s value. This goes for both the floors (wood and carpet are poor choices for a kitchen that will be used often because they do not handle spills, moisture, and water very well).
Not only does this lessen the likelihood that your floor will get ruined by water, but it is very attractive to potential buyers. It is considered easy to clean, and will drive up the value of your home significantly. In a tight housing market, this could be the key to getting your home sold.
3. New Lighting
Many homes suffer from poor lighting. What’s the sense of having a beautiful, new kitchen if you can’t see anything?
Lighting fixtures are one of the more cost effective, and cheap, upgrades you can make. Things like track or recessed lighting put a modern, beautiful touch to your kitchen. Lighting under cabinets, mood lighting, lights with fans built in… they all add up to a significant increase in your house’s value.
4. New Appliances
This is a fairly costly investment, but I can pay for itself many times over. If you know that potential buyers are looking for a furnished kitchen, new refrigerators, washing machines, stoves, etc. can really go a long way toward making your home and easy sell. Plus, if you plan on staying a while, new, energy efficiency appliances will save you money on energy bills.