If you’re an investor, you know that kitchens are make-or-break spaces – so what are buyers looking for right now? We consulted with a handful of local REALTORS® to find out what buyers want from the homes they’re snapping up in thriving markets.

3 Kitchen Improvements Buyers Are Looking for Right Now

Buyers often start home tours in the kitchen, so if you’re making improvements in an investment property, that’s a sensible place to begin. Here’s what buyers are looking for right now:

  1. Clean, attractive cabinets
  2. Quartz countertops
  3. Updated lighting

Here’s a closer look at each. 

Kitchen Upgrade #1: Clean, Attractive Cabinets

You don’t have to rip out existing cabinetry unless it’s in poor shape and there’s no way to update it. However, you do need to know that buyers like cabinets with glass faces and natural, light finishes. Open shelving is great, too, as long as it’s not overdone (buyers still want to be able to close the door on some of their belongings).

Kitchen Upgrade #2: Quartz Countertops

Quartz is more environmentally friendly and durable than many other countertop materials, and that’s important to modern buyers. More and more owners are incorporating quartz because it’s less porous than marble is, which means it’s less likely to stain. 

Kitchen Upgrade #3: Updated Lighting

New lights are a must in just about every kitchen. Buyers adore pendants in quirky shapes, symmetrical flush-mounts with clear glass, and kitchen lights on dimmers, which enable people to customize the amount of light flooding the space.

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