5 Affordable Ways to Renovate Your Kitchen Before You Sell

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If you’re one of the many people putting your house on the market, you know just how much can affect the value of your home. Now that you’re closing an important chapter of your life, you want to make the most out of it.

There are several ways you can increase the value of your home — whether you’re doing renovations, upgrading appliances, or painting the walls, you have plenty potential when it comes to improving your home. 

The housing market is incredibly competitive right now, and you want to make a good impression. You may wonder where can you make the biggest impact on potential buyers. Start with your kitchen — it’s one of the most important areas of your home, and it can greatly affect the overall value of your home.

Luckily, kitchen renovation doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 5 affordable ways you can increase the value of your kitchen before you sell.

Update Appliances

The first thing eager home buyers notice when walking into your kitchen is your appliances. Updated appliances help your kitchen look modern and convenient. If your kitchen features newer appliances, it says that you care about the condition of your home and keeping up with the latest trends.

Stainless steel appliances are standard in most kitchens, and are easy to decorate around. It may be smart to avoid boldly colored appliances as they can be a distraction and appear tacky. 

Smart technology can also add appeal to your kitchen. Whether you’re installing speakers, a security camera, or even smart locks, guests will be impressed by the added safety and entertainment features.

Avoid paying full price for costly appliances by shopping during major holidays and sales at home improvement stores. Look out for special promotions around Labor Day, Memorial Day, and Black Friday.

If you’re wondering how to increase the value of your home, investing in newer, name brand appliances is an effective way to capture the eyes of your buyers.   .

Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

It’s incredible how much a couple coats of paint can transform your kitchen. The right color can make any space seem open and inviting. A freshly painted kitchen will look clean and updated.

Neutrals are the most appealing and the most commonly used. If you aren’t using a neutral color, choose a soft, pale color that allows the rest of the kitchen to shine. Dark and warm colors tend to make a room appear smaller and cozier. Lighter colors and pastels can help open it up. 

If you’re having trouble deciding which color to paint your walls, think of your cabinets — what color do you want them to be, and how should the walls be painted to compliment them? Then consider your floors and appliances as well.

A gallon of paint costs an average of $25, making it an affordable way to dramatically transform the look of your kitchen. Painting the interior of your house can result in a 107% return of investment. For example, the interior usually costs around $967 to paint, but results in around a $2,001 increase in value. 

Make Your Kitchen Appear Bigger 

The size of your kitchen is obviously one of the biggest factors when it comes to its value. If you can expand your livable square footage, you can raise your appraisal value. 

However, most people can’t just expand their house on a whim — but there are a few things you can do to open things up.

Consider painting the walls a lighter color to create the illusion of a larger space. Replace heavy curtains with blinds to easily let the sunlight in — a sunny room tends to feel more open. You can also add a large mirror to “double” the space. 

Keep your kitchen as clean as possible and free from clutter. The more you have lying around, the less visual space you have. Keep floors, table and countertops free and make sure everything is in its dedicated place. 

Our spice rack drawer inserts are a quick and easy way to make some extra room on your counters. Instead of having spices on display, you can neatly organize them in your drawer for easy access and less clutter.

Organize Your Kitchen

    Organizing your kitchen not only keeps clutter at bay, but it also creates a convenient and inviting environment for prospective buyers. Organized homes look cleaner, larger, and more inviting.

    One of the main priorities on most people’s list of kitchen necessities is lots of storage and cabinet space. You can take advantage of your available space by organizing your food, appliances and other items properly. 


    For example, you can ditch your clunky knife rack and place your knives in our utensil drawer organizers instead. Our organizers are custom made and allow you to neatly organize your utensils with no need for tools or installation. Floating shelves are also a great way to show off books, plants, photos or other items that would typically be left on the counter or table.

    You can also try out a custom knife block >

    If you’d like to hide your trash bins or other bulky items, check out Drawer Essentials’ roll-out drawer kits. They come fully assembled, and allow you to easily hide and access the trash, cleaning supplies, and more. 

    Install an Island

    Your kitchen is an important space meant to bring your family together. Whether you’re enjoying a meal or talking about your day, you need an area for those moments to happen. An island can provide that and more to your kitchen.

    Islands serve many purposes. They’re not only a place for your family to gather, they provide extra counter and storage space. They can also be used to divide rooms.

    There are many types of islands. Rolling carts can be placed against the wall when not in use. There are tabletop islands, full-service islands, and they can be single or double-tiered. They also come in several different shapes and layouts to accommodate your kitchen’s uniqueness.

    A kitchen island can be a functional and aesthetically pleasing addition to your home, and will catch the eyes of anyone who walks in. 

    Are You Ready to Increase the Value of Your Kitchen?

    It’s always possible to boost the value of your home, whether you’re selling or just making upgrades to make your space more efficient and enjoyable. You don’t have to break the bank to improve your home.

    As you begin planning how you want to renovate your kitchen, there’s a lot for you to consider. Let Drawer Essentials take a bit of the load off your shoulders with our organizational products. We have drawers for every space in your home, not just the kitchen!  

    Give yourself the satisfaction of walking into a perfectly neat, clutter-free kitchen. Your guests will wonder how you did it, and you can begin the next step in your home-selling journey.

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