So, you’ve read my post from Thursday on how to update your kitchen by changing out the cabinet hardware, and you might be thinking “I just don’t think that’s going to be enough…”
If you’re happy with the layout of your kitchen and your cabinets are in decent shape, the single biggest thing you can do to change the look of your kitchen is to upgrade your appliances. It’s more expensive than changing out the hardware, but still a lot less than a full remodel, and the visual impact is huge.
Here’s a before and after to show you what I mean. My client’s original kitchen appliances were in good condition and worked just fine, but they were dated-looking and less energy-efficient than modern appliances.
Notice that we didn’t touch the flooring, countertops, or backsplash, but the new appliances bring the whole look more up to date and make the kitchen look more appealing to most buyers. (Please don’t notice that not all the cabinet hardware is done yet. Still working on that!)
A couple of points to mention: if you’re going to upgrade all your appliances at once, it’s often wise to buy all of them from the same brand and design line. The overall look will be more uniform and appliance stores often have package discounts or special rebates for a full set. Second, it’s easy to install a basic fridge or electric stove on your own (although please do let the pros deliver them!), but other appliances may require a pro for proper installation. If you’re handy, you can probably handle the fridge’s ice maker connection yourself, but a gas stove or dishwasher should always be installed by a licensed plumber.
There are lots of other ways to improve a kitchen short of a full remodel, including cabinet refacing, new countertops, or adding a tile backsplash, but new appliances will give you the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to upgrading for sale without spending a fortune.