Whether you’re selling your Austin home or you’re thinking about buying one, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house to consider. You and your family spend a lot of time there from day to day. Daily wear and tear can take its toll on the kitchen area. Here are 3 quick fixes you can use to spruce things up with a little bit of work, but not a lot of money. It will help the kitchen look – and feel – cleaner and more modern. Use it as a tool in selling your Austin home or to help it feel more like home before you move in.
Start with a thorough cleaning of the kitchen from ceiling to floor. Remove cobwebs, greasy dirt build-up and any residue. Don’t forget the nooks and crannies in the corners that have been hidden by appliances, area rugs and items on the countertops.
Wipe down the drainpipes beneath the kitchen sink, along baseboards and any other areas that may not be readily visible until someone has to look for a problem. Be that person. Check the drain fittings and pipes for leaks and rust. Replace them if necessary. Flush the sink drains with a baking soda solution to keep them smelling fresh, especially if they’ve been sitting unattended for quite some time.
If the cabinets are old and worn, giving them a thorough cleaning may not be enough. Consider refacing them, changing the door colors or materials. Replace the cabinet door handles and hinges to create a fresh look.
Inspect the countertops for areas that have become separated between panels and at the backsplash. Use caulking to seal these areas. Try colored caulk or grout to create a unique look to this area of your Austin home.
While these quick fixes may not make a dramatic difference, they can give your kitchen a cleaner, more modern appearance.