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Kitchen Maintenance - Boost the Value of Your Probate Home with these 7 Tips

Updated: Nov 30, 2023

two ladies standing in the kitchen

If you are looking to sell a home you inherited or that's been included in the probate process you want to pay special attention to certain rooms in the house.

Since some feel that the kitchen is the heart of the home, this may be the area that you want to include in your budget for maintenance and repair.

Here’s a checklist for you to prepare the kitchen to make a great impression, which will help you get top dollar for the house.

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Fix the Flooring

modern kitchen

The floor along with the walls can set the mood of the room faster than anything else. You want to use this resource to get the buyers interested and not chase them away.

Buyers will not consider your home if the kitchen’s floor looks worn out and damaged.

Consider installing new flooring or just thoroughly clean the one already in place.

Install Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen with backsplash, cabinets and oranges

Installing backsplash is a great way to give your kitchen an extra bit of finishing touch while making a good impression on the buyers.

You have beautiful options to choose from.

There’s the glass tiles, stone tiles, stainless steel sheets, paint designs, and wallpaper. With the right choice of backsplash, you can make the kitchen a beautiful place to be in.

Rejuvenate the Cabinets

modern kitchen

Painting the cabinets and making them look and smell fresh can make things better.

Think about it, the cabinets take a lot of space in the kitchen.

You can make this space look new, and the whole kitchen will look new also. They just have to match the general aesthetic feeling of the kitchen.

Repair Leaky Faucets

Sink with water running

Showing a kitchen with leaky faucets does not speak good about the kitchen, and the house in general.

It is a bad impression to make and can devalue the home.

It makes the home feel ‘unready’. The sound from the leaky faucet is annoying, so get it fixed or replaced by a plumber before showing it to buyers.

Upgrade Lighting Fixtures

Modern lights and kitchen sink

Add class and beauty, and increase the value of the home at the same time when you upgrade the lighting fixtures.

Replace outdated fixtures and install new ones. You can take a kitchen from dim and dull to sharp and exciting with the right lighting.

Redo the Walls

Paint roller

Remember the walls and flooring go hand in hand in setting the general mood of a room.

When fixing the floor, redo the walls too. A nice coat of paint can really change the feel of the home. If you are unsure what color you should chose ask the salesperson in the paint department which color seems to be the most desirable.

Repair the Sink

Rusty sink

An aging sink is sad to look at. Think of all those stains and sometimes rust. Who would pay a high amount for a home with a sink that’s seen better days?

If you want the value of your home to be where you want it to be (assuming: high), then get the sink repaired or replaced.

Kitchen Maintenance Conclusion

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on this checklist. Just make these parts of the kitchen look new again.

When you carry out kitchen maintenance in such a way that the buyers love the kitchen immediately when they see it, you can recover the money you spent on it.

If you are planning on selling a home that you have inherited or a home that is included in the probate process let's discuss what you need to do to get top dollar for the home.

If wanting to sell it as is I'll show you how to quickly get a cash offer for the home. Call me today, I'll be glad to speak with you and share my expertise.

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Denise Harper Davis

Denise Harper Davis

Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

Licensed Realtor


* NOTE: North Carolina Probate Solutions and the author of this article is not a licensed attorney or CPA. This post should not be considered legal or tax advice. Always consult an estate attorney or tax professional when needing legal answers and legal advice.

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