Home buyers searching through homes on the internet, trying to decide which homes to visit in person, often don’t realize how easy it can be to transform something they dislike into something they want.

When buyers look at kitchens that feel plain, they often think it means they will have to completely redo the kitchen.

But sometimes changing paint, counters and adding a back splash can completely change the look of a kitchen.

Transforming a Rental Home Kitchen:

When my clients John and Rita called me about selling one of their rental homes, we needed to transform the home from plain to special, without spending much money.

The kitchen was in good condition but felt plain.

This kitchen took on an entire new look by adding stick on vinyl squares that look like glass tile.

New Backsplash and Trendy Paint:

There was a time when red kitchens were everywhere. But trends change quickly, and today’s home buyers get excited by gray walls.

When you add new paint and staging to the new backsplash (plus properly lit photography!), a kitchen can be totally transformed.

Kitchen Backsplashes:

Kitchen backsplashes can change a plain kitchen into one that offers a luxury look. While backsplash styles change quickly, as long as the style fits what people were installing in the last few years, St. Louis home buyers will be impressed.

If you are thinking of selling your home, adding a backsplash may be just what you need to do to get a higher sale price.

Don’t Go It Alone:

With both of these kitchen transformations, I provided a few suggestions to my clients that would give them the look I was describing. I went to a local big box store and texted them pictures (with prices) of backsplashes that would make their kitchens appealing to buyers. Then they went shopping. Both sent me texts of pictures of the items they planned to purchase before pulling out their credit cards.

While many real estate agents might suggest clients make changes before putting a home on the market, I go the extra step of helping my clients from start to finish. I want my clients to be confident they are putting in features home buyers will like.

The end result is my clients can get the price they want for their home…which is the only reason they made the updates in the first place.

Not Moving?

Give me a call and I’ll help you figure out which updates makes sense. Whether you are moving next year or in 20 years, I’m happy to help.

If you are ready to sell your St. Louis home, the agent you choose really makes a difference.

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Karen Goodman leads the Arch City Homes Team with Circa Properties, assisting home sellers and buyers in St. Louis, MO. In order to provide the best possible service to her clients, Karen works with a limited number of clients at a time.