Creative Kitchen Spruce-Ups Boost Big Rapids Home Marketability

Creative Kitchen Spruce-Ups Boost Big Rapids Home Marketability

          

          Just as the kitchen is a magnet for family activity, when a Big Rapids home goes up for sale, it’s the one room guaranteed to get apt attention at every showing.  Older Big Rapids homes can be at something of a disadvantage here, especially when structural design elements prohibit their being transformed into one of today’s popular airy open plan kitchens.

          Perhaps you've already taken a paintbrush to your cabinets to give them a new look, or discovered the transformative power of inexpensive subway tile on a dingy backsplash.  If your kitchen is still looking a bit uninspired, enhance it before the home showings start with a final inexpensive tweak or two.

         Where empty wall space is present, you may be able to create additional storage space. Open shelving is a trendy look that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional.  A blank wall can be transformed by installing rustic wooden or sleek metal shelving units… but with one proviso: open shelving does double duty as display space — and that’s no place for mismatched or over-the-hill china and glassware!

          A little of the right kind of handiwork can go a long way toward adding some 21st Century features to an aging Big Rapids home.  Where an outlet is handy, transform a cabinet shelf into a docking station for smartphones and tablets.  A small wall-mounted flat screen monitor can bring TV (or web video) to liven up the area.  Hooks mounted near a back door can be made available for hanging backpacks, grocery bags, keys, or leashes.  A bottom kitchen drawer can be transformed into a rollout pet feeding station.

          No matter what else, it’s a plus whenever a kitchen space can clearly function as a gathering place as well as the meal preparation hub.  It may be as simple as placing stools on one side of an island, adding a pub table and chairs, or transforming a neglected corner into a coffee station (those Keurigs make it a snap!) — giving your Big Rapids home yet another spot for a family to congregate.

          The National Association of the Remodeling Industry reported that kitchens were the top remodeling project in last year.  In fact, 82% of NARI members stated that kitchen remodels represent their primary work — and I think we can guess what the results for 2015 will be.  It makes a good argument for putting in a little elbow grease and creativity to spruce up the kitchen before you put your Big Rapids home up for sale.  You can also give me a call: I’m pleased to do a no-obligation walk-through for my feedback on how your listing should fare in today’s market!  

          Your friendly neighborhood realtor,

          Terry Reeves

 

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