6 Kitchen Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

If you want to entice more potential homebuyers, then the kitchen is the first place to look. It is the one essential space in the house, as it is where you store your food and cook it. In this piece, we’re going to look at six kitchen upgrades to increase the value of your home, so that you can love it or list it when the time comes.

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However, carefully considering the endeavor is essential. What was popular in the past, may not work in today’s home. If you decide to do it, meticulous planning should take place as renovating your whole kitchen is regarded as a bold move since it is one of the first things a potential buyer looks at.

Kitchen Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your Home

While there are many ways to enhance the overall value of your house, your kitchen is the main one. Let’s get started!

1. Color

Most kitchens that you see in every household have the typical theme of a wood stain or some variation of it. While it is the rave nowadays, some potential buyers prefer a unique coloring aesthetic in the kitchen.

Try considering a new color theme for your kitchen. One great option is burnt orange. But don’t overdo it, however, as it can be overwhelming to the eyes to the point of annoyance.

What you can do is to only apply the said color in broad areas of the kitchen while the rest should stay neutral. The color would give a bold statement to the buyer while not being overbearing to their eyes. Try pairing the color with stainless steel to give your kitchen a more modern look.

2. Appliances

If you are still stuck with those pink appliances in the 90s, then it’s probably time for you to rip them out and buy new ones. Old appliances make the whole kitchen seem outdated, and new ones will always increase the value of your home.

Try buying new appliances that are energy savers. In the appliance industry, energy-saving appliances are one of the top sellers. Energy savers use less energy, and less energy means that you can save more money in your electricity bill. This will ring pleasantly in the ears of your buyers since most of them are looking to save some money in terms of costs in the long run.

And while you are at it, try buying energy-saving appliances with a commercial look. These kinds of appliances will give your kitchen a more modern feel. That said, your kitchen will not only be cost-effective, but pleasing to the eyes as well.

3. Faux Kitchen Island

If you are looking to have more space in your kitchen, then try adding a faux kitchen island. While it may take up floor space, it can serve to be a storage area where you store some of your food items or kitchen utensils.

Try adding an existing piece of furniture to serve as a kitchen island. Depending on the available space in your kitchen, your “island” can be a counter-height table, a tall dresser, or even a bar cart. However, if you don’t have enough space in the center of your kitchen, you can put your faux island against the wall.

4. Glass Inserts

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If the look of a glass cabinet door attracts you, but at the same time don’t have the pride to keep the contents of your kitchen on constant display, try using glass inserts. 

Glass inserts give your kitchen a more open vibe and make it more modern looking them. Also, with glass inserts, you can showcase some of your delicate items such as vintage tea sets, fine china, and even pretty silverware.

5. More Light!

Great lighting is always super important. More times than not, modern lighting will increase the value of your home. Proper lighting will give your kitchen the illusion of having a higher ceiling, as well as give the whole kitchen a more welcoming appearance.

This will be even better if you have several tall cabinets. You can update your kitchen’s hardware and give your cabinets crown molding where the cabinet touches the ceiling to add to that illusion of your kitchen having a high ceiling.

Another excellent way to change the atmosphere of your kitchen is to update lighting fixtures. A lot of old houses rely on old fluorescent lighting boxes, which are not only outdated but also give the idea that your kitchen is not up to date, which can scare away some buyers. Please remove them and try putting up modern kitchen pendant lighting or chandeliers. It will give your kitchen a modern but fancy look.

6. Drawer Dividers

If you are continually struggling to find items in your drawers because they were unorganized and are a jumbled mess, try considering drawer dividers. Also, while you are at it, you can do an inventory of all your kitchen utensils and other items to make sure they are all in good shape. 


These kitchen upgrades can get the attention of some buyers since nowadays, the look is one of the more important things, besides functionality. But then again, try not to overdo the enhancements as your kitchen can lose its aesthetic that way. People often hire buyer agents to look at the houses themselves. To know more, learn about The Benefits of Working with a Real Estate Agent.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.