For many families, the kitchen is the center of the house. And an attractive, well-kept kitchen is an enormous asset to a home’s value. If you’re planning to sell, take a hard look at your kitchen. Is there anything that needs to be improved?

Painting or refinishing cabinets can be a great idea, especially if they’re older, worn or have an outdated design. A bright new look can really spruce up the appearance of your kitchen. You’ll also want to repair small problems like misaligned doors or drawers. For more on those repairs, see this article on

If you’ve got problems with your countertops, you’ve got two options. You can replace them, or restore them. Replacing countertops is going to be more expensive, but can be an excellent long-term investment.  Replacing countertops is often done as part of an all-over kitchen makeover that includes new cabinets, flooring and paint. But just replacing older countertops can give a kitchen a big boost. It needs to be done in the overall context of your kitchen, fitting in with the existing design.

Another option is to restore the existing countertops. Wear from years of use and even damage can be repaired. Repair kits for granite, solid-surface, marble, wood and laminate countertops are available. Laminate counters can be patched, repainted, polished and re-laminated.  For more on repairing or replacing countertops, has a fantastic section devoted to countertops.

Flooring in the kitchen is another area that suffers a lot of wear over time. This is another area where replacement or repair is both good options. Your options depend on the type of surface. Wooden floors can be restored beautifully by sanding and refinishing. For help with vinyl floors, eHow offers these instructions. When it comes to new flooring, you have a fantastic variety of options including stone, tile and concrete.

Other important items to check include the plumbing and lighting, and the conditions of appliances, which you may or may not want to replace before putting your house on the market. Anything you can do to improve the look of your kitchen will improve offers you’ll get from potential buyers. And when it comes to that factor, please call me and let me help you get a quick sale at the best possible price

Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty

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