3 Cabinet Refacing Tips to Help Sell Your Home

Melissa Bullard

Considering selling your home? Thanks to the nation's high foreclosure rate and the buyer's market of the last few years, today's home buyers expect dirt-cheap prices and a lot of bang for their buck. This means if you're a homeowner and you're getting ready to sell your home, you need to have it in the best shape possible. And if your kitchen is slightly out of date or run down, this might be the perfect time for a kitchen cabinet refacing job.

The Value of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Your kitchen cabinets might look worn, but this doesn't mean you need to spend the money on an all-out remodel. If the cabinet boxes are in basically good shape, you can reface the kitchen cabinets to give your kitchen that brand-new look while spending half or less of what a total kitchen remodel would cost. Here are some ways for your kitchen to help sell the rest of your house.

  • Do Consider Refacing: According to HGTV.com, the kitchen is so important you can think of selling your house as "selling your kitchen." Realtor.com tells home sellers to "pay special attention to the kitchen." You can give your kitchen cabinets new drawer fronts, doors, and hardware without spending a fortune. You can choose from a variety of materials, from real wood to veneer to rigid thermofoil (RTF). And if your cabinet doors are in good shape, your refacing job might just need a good cleaning, refinishing, or painting.
  • Make it Blend: Make sure that your kitchen flows with the rest of your home. If your house screams cozy country cottage from its floor plan to the decorations, refacing the cabinets to attempt a sleek, ultramodern kitchen can result in a more jarring than appealing effect.
  • Keep It Neutral: Potential homebuyers need to to be able to see themselves living in your home, which means depersonalizing it. Taking down family photos is one step, and depersonalizing your kitchen when you reface the cabinets is important as well. You want to make your hardware and color scheme as neutral as possible. While you might love daisy-shaped door handles, it's better to go with something that appeals to a wider audience.

Selling your home can be difficult, especially in the current economy, but staging your home carefully, keeping it tidy, and putting the effort into your kitchen can have an enormous effect on your success. If you're trying to make your home appeal to as many people as possible, consider refacing your kitchen cabinets.

About the Author

Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has both owned and rented homes and enjoys research, home improvement, and teaching pi

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