Getting Ready to Sell: Cabinets

There is no doubt that most buyers are willing to pay more for a home that is move-in ready and updated.  Property flippers know this, and that’s why they make a large profit by doing the work!

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market in the near future, you can take some steps now to improve your resale value by completing some relatively low-cost updates.

Do you have builder grade oak kitchen or bathroom cabinets? No need to replace them, just paint them.  Look at what a difference it can make:

BEFORE - kitchen cabsAFTER - kitchen cabs

The issue with oak cabinets is that they have a wood grain that will still show through the paint.  So, if you plan to sell in the middle-to-upper brackets for your area, you should consider making a little more effort to “erase” the wood grain.

One option is to use a product like Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations.  The paint is thicker and will disguise the grain more than regular paint.  The kit comes in a variety of different colors, and costs around $75 for up to 40 linear feet.


The better, albeit more expensive, option is to order replacement cabinet doors.  There are many online providers of replacement doors, costing upwards of $12 per door.  Remember to select paint-grade doors.


With both of these options, I recommend updating the hardware (knobs, pulls and hinges) to something like brushed nickel.

Right now, there is a huge trend for white painted cabinets.  It goes with most wall paint colors and countertop materials.  Remember, you are updating your home to appeal to the largest pool of buyers, so even if white isn’t your thing, you won’t have to live with it for very long! If you need inspiration, go to and search “All Time Popular” kitchen photos to see what people want.



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