Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: 5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen, no matter how big or small is where everyone ends up gathering. It’s a very important room in every home. Presenting your kitchen in the best light possible is imperative, you want buyers to imagine themselves there and feel invited.

Complete these 5 tips in order to see the highest return on your investment.

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen 

Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinets are a big part of every kitchen and they can really impact a buyer’s opinion. Sometimes painting cabinets is an option but, this isn’t as easy as it sounds and has to be done carefully. If your cabinets have doors that aren’t functioning properly or if they’ve already been painted over this might not be an option.

If your cabinets are laminate they should not be painted over. There are companies that specialize in re-facing laminate cabinet doors and this is a great way to create a new look without fully replacing your cabinets altogether. If your cabinets need attention in the form of painting, re-facing, or replacement but, it’s not an option financially your home should be priced accordingly to account for their age along with their condition. If you want to get top dollar for your home updating the cabinets will help you achieve your goal.

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen 

Kitchen Counters

Take a look at your kitchen counters and determine if they need to be updated. Maybe they’re laminate or ceramic tile and give your kitchen an outdated look or maybe they’re just worn out in general.

All we’ve heard for years is granite, granite, granite but, granite takes a lot of maintenance. It’s porous and has to be sealed regularly, a task many homeowners don’t do at all or nearly enough. Years of neglect will leave granite looking dull and it is possible for stains to occur if not cleaned up quickly. If you’re going to replace your countertops check into Quartz, it is not a porous product and has become very popular. I prefer Quartz over granite, low maintenance and still looks very natural. Replacing counters in the kitchen is an affordable option to make it stand out to buyers.

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen 

Kitchen Appliances

This can, in my opinion, be a tricky one. Stainless steel is still sought after in my market and there are buyers who specifically want a home with stainless steel appliances. It’s also one that I tell buyers not to get hung up on because appliances are super easy to replace. For my sellers, if you are planning on selling your home soon and all of your appliances are fully functional I don’t recommend replacing them. If they’re ancient or don’t go well together (i.e. every appliance is a different color) that’s a different story and something I evaluate on a case by case basis. If you do opt to replace your appliances prior to putting your home on the market I don’t recommend going the high-end route because you won’t see a strong ROI.

5 Tips To Update Your Kitchen 


Kitchens see a lot of activity and it’s easy for the paint to get stained, chipped, and just plain worn out looking. Paint is another budget-friendly way to give your kitchen (and the rest of your house for that matter) a fresh feeling. Kitchens are tedious to paint because of all the brushwork they require but, if you’ve got a little experience painting and some patience it’s a great way to see a solid ROI.

Don’t forget to look at the baseboards, they will need painting too but, also may need to be replaced depending on how much wear and tear has occurred. Paint the ceiling as well, paint on kitchen ceilings tends to deteriorate faster than other rooms in your home. Moisture, oils, and evaporation over time leave them stained and dull. Painting is one of the best investments you can make to give your kitchen a fresh and clean look.

Tips To Update Your Kitchen 


Lighting is another great way to give your kitchen a warm and welcoming feel without spending a fortune. Adding recessed lighting or pendant lights over your island will complement your kitchen. Above or under cabinet lighting is another option, both ensure there aren’t any dark spaces and are a nice added detail. I still see a lot of homes with one large rectangle fluorescent light in the kitchen and it gives off a dated vibe from the minute I walk in. For a nominal fee updating your kitchen lighting will do wonders for how it feels and looks.

Tips For Updating Your Kitchen 

If you are thinking about moving soon look at your kitchen and consider what should be updated or replaced. A great agent will be able to help you with your decision. It’s no secret that buyers love updated kitchens and there are some easy ways to make yours shine. Don’t forget cleaning – not just a once over. Deep cleaning your kitchen is a must before hitting the market. Clean the cabinets and drawers both inside and out. If they’re overflowing be sure to de-clutter. Buyers will be opening them and you want them to be organized. Clean the appliances inside and out as well. Think the way potential buyers are going to think when looking at your kitchen and make any necessary changes, all of your preparation will pay off when your home goes on the market.





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Comment balloon 22 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • March 12 2019 04:31PM


Good morning Amanda,

These are very smart and valuable tips on updating one's kitchen.  Wishing you a wonderful week.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 months ago

Yes Amanda, The kitchen is the family gathering space, and no matter how large or small, updates make a difference!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda - these suggestions really get people to think of where to start.  I seen some very professional looking jobs with cabinets but it depends.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 10 months ago

All excellent tips, Amanda. Anyone one of those suggestions can make a huge change on it's own... but put them all together and my oh my!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 10 months ago

Great tips that certainly translate to any market and if sellers follow these tips, they will likely be able to sell their home for top dollar, as long as the rest of the home isn't a dump, haha.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson, the kitchen is the first place most home buyers like to see. You've given some great ideas on updating the kitchen. The investment can make a huge difference in the sale price.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - Your post really covers this topic well with thoughtful advice that will make a huge difference in selling a home. As you stated, updates need to be evaluated. Clients should understand that you have their best interests in mind. They would be very fortunate to have you help them. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago

Very good suggestions, we have been updating our kitchen in bits, we looked at new cabinets but the design of the kitchen is such we end with the same cabinets, so we did paint them, new appliances, and we are going to install new quartz countertops, that is the last part. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 10 months ago

Hello Amanda,  You came up with a excellent blog of great tips for people.  Thanks for sharing.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson - You made some great suggestions and illustrated with some excellent photographs too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

Grant Schneider it sure does, it's not one I would personally tackle on my own. There's a real science and technique behind it. I hope you have a great day!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Beth Atalay thank you. I agree, it really. It's rare I have a buyer who is interesting in updating a kitchen. I can't say I blame them!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® thank you so much. Your comments always make me smile and they really mean a lot to me. It's always fun to help clients decide on what to update, even if they're not selling anytime soon I'm happy to help give suggestions. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 it sounds like you've done a great job updating your kitchen. I just love quartz, I'd select it over granite any day. 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Will Hamm thank you!

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you so much! Updated kitchens are so appealing, I even look at them in my spare time :) 

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Hi Amanda S. Davidson love the photos here....and the kitchen IS the most frequently used and enjoyed room in the home.... nicely done...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 10 months ago

Barbara Todaro I always chuckle because no matter how big or small a kitchen is everyone always ends up in it for gatherings. Thank you!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Good evening Amanda S. Davidson ,

What an excellent post! very valuable tips because the kitchen is usually the hub of the home..everyone wants to congregate there so its best to spend the money to get the biggest bang for your buck!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 10 months ago

EXCELLENTE !  Yes say yes to Quartz...we have in kitchen and baths...update...feel great...cook a lot...enjoy !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 10 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson why am I not surprised? You have excellente taste!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago

Hello Amanda - "functional" and "clean" are "must haves" in a kitchen. It doesn't matter if it's the latest and greatest in design if it's dirty,  disorganized or broken.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 10 months ago

Michael Jacobs oh so true. Buyers seeking dirty and broken kitchens is definitely not something we'll ever see!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty) 10 months ago