If you could get two dollars for every dollar you spend, would you do it? You might be thinking, 'Well, now, that depends on what I have to do.' Okay, then what if you could get that two dollars on the dollar for buying inexpensive things, like fake cakes or pies, that spruce up the look of your kitchen? How does that sound to you? Well, here's how you may be able to earn two dollars for every dollar you spend on touching up your own kitchen. If your home is on the market, you may not want to miss this.

Why Your Kitchen?

Did you know that your kitchen is the biggest attraction in your home? Let's think about it. The kitchen area is a largely inviting place, and people are drawn to it. It's no different when you're selling your home. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, your kitchen carries a huge influence on a buyer's perception of your home and its value. Your kitchen can make or break your ability to sell your  home for your ideal price tag, but there are a few small, budget friendly things you can do to get your kitchen in shape for the sale of your home. The great thing is that many of these tips are also tips that home interiors and stagers use, so don't be afraid to use them if you just want to create a different look in your kitchen. If the kitchen in your home is appealing, you'll love it even more!

Fixing Up With Fixtures

Let's think, first, about your kitchen fixtures. If you haven't changed your fixtures in ten years, it may be time to give those a lift. I've been able to find really nice fixtures at yard sales for a great price, simply because the homeowner bought them, and they decided not to use them (and likely didn't take them back in time). So this is a nice start. Yes, finding just what you want at a yard sale is like finding a needle in a haystack, but it's worth a shot. Nice kitchen fixtures are visually appealing, and very noticeable. Also, keep things matching. If you use stainless steel fixtures, make sure your stove and hood will visually match your selection. Stainless steel can actually give your kitchen a high end look, while being pretty cost effective.

As a side note, you should be cost effective without being super cheap. One Massachussetts dentist apparently saved a little money by using paper clips in a root canal, instead of stainless steel. Never be that thrifty with your mouth or your kitchen.

Flooring Counts

If your flooring is marred and neglected, unfortunately, you may need to replace your flooring, and if your floors are linoleum, you'll definitely need to replace them. Why? Well, linoleum floors are like the plague to a new home buyer. I'm sorry guys, but they actually convey that you're cheap and don't care about investing in your home. So, why would anyone else be interested in putting up their own money to invest in something that you haven't cared enough for. On the other hand, wood or tiled flooring may just need a facelift, some shine, grout, replaced tiles, you know, very cost effective fixes.

Counter Character

Now it's time for those counters. In a well lived in house, we tend to keep the counters covered with our necessities. I'm really speaking about myself here. My Bosch mixer is on my counter, some canisters, and a few other things not worth mentioning. You get the point. Counters can become cluttered very quickly. The idea is to create space, while also giving a sense of character to your home. Clearing the counters, and staging a few home touches, such as flowers in a vase placed on the table and a cherry pie cooling off on the countertop will give your home the appearance of charm without clutter.

If you're thinking, 'Well, what in the world would I do with my stuff?' That's a great question that has to be covered in another post. For now, Here's a video that will help you get the basic idea of  how you can make your counters more attractive.

With just a few simple tricks to give your kitchen a cost effective facelift, you'll be able to show off the qualities of your kitchen while adding to the final selling price of your home, with the average being $2 increased sale price for every $1 you spend to spruce it up.

In Conclusion

As you can see, your kitchen actually can earn you a few extra dollars with those great fix ups, or it can cost you quite a few if your house sits on the market. There are so many things you can do to spruce up your kitchen to make it more charming, and it doesn't have to be expensive or over complicated. Just starting with a few basic things, mentioned, will help quite a bit. You know what they say, little things mean a lot.

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