When it comes to getting ready to put your house on the market, there are a few things we all know to be true: (1) There’s no harm in a fresh coat of paint, especially if it’s neutral. (2) Decluttering is a must (because it makes it easier for people to imagine themselves in your home). And (3), nothing sells a home quite like an epic kitchen. Even amid the pandemic, where flaunting at-home gyms, “cloffices” (aka closets that double as home offices) and botanical-gardens-meets-theme-park-worthy backyards have become trendy perks, people still obsess over the kitchen. It’s no wonder it’s called the heart of the home.
“Upgraded kitchens usually have the highest return on home value, so if you’re going to do anything, it’s a good place to focus your energy,” says Beatrice de Jong, consumer trends expert at real estate listings service OpenDoor.
Large, open kitchens with stainless steel appliances remain in demand, she adds. But before you start planning an HGTV-caliber remodel, there’s one thing you should do first to ensure you’re getting the highest ROI possible: “Look at other homes in the neighborhood to see what they have as the standard,” de Jong suggests.