Upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen

Date:  April 6, 2021


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Upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen

Property Prices are going up and up in Western Australia. And according to REIWA there is no end in sight.  If you are new to the property market, chances are you are lucky to even get your hands on a fixer-upper. Read on to learn how to upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen on a budget.

Property prices in WA are expected to rise another 15%

Looking at the sales stats one thing is clear: There are not many houses on the market at the moment. Buyers fear not to get in and buy whatever they can get their hands on. REIWA has just increased the forecast for 2021 based on the sales figures for the first three months. The message is clear: If you want to get in the market, you better get in quickly, because prices are going up and up.

In a seller’s market, you need to compromise

Chances are you won’t be able to afford your dream home. And while traditionally the kitchen is seen as the heart of the house and thus a must item to be top-notch, we recommend the opposite: In a seller’s market like this, you need to compromise and one area that is surprisingly easy to improve is the kitchen.

Upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen

It is one of the best-kept secrets of property developers and investors: How to upgrade the fixer-upper kitchen. With the kitchen being considered not only the most important part of the house but also the most expensive one to upgrade, first-time buyers often don’t dare touching properties that present with an aged kitchen or bathroom.

And that is no surprise, seeing that a classic kitchen renovation follows this simple process: You find a kitchen planner of your choice; you plan a brand-new kitchen, the kitchen-maker of your choice designs and produce the dream kitchen; they throw out cabinets. Literally everything from your old kitchen will go in a skip bin. They move the gas and water connections. And two months later you have a brand-new kitchen and a bill of $30,000 or more.

The 4 step rule that saves you $30,000 and more

What, if we told you that you can upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen for as little as $3,000, which allows you to save $30,000 – $50,000 on the purchase price. To upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen you simply follow the 4 step rule:

  1. Don’t throw out the good with the bad
  2. Don’t replace doors and cabinetry, just re-paint them
  3. Update tapware and door handles
  4. Add storage and lighting

Don’t throw out the good with the bad

Most kitchens look dated because the finish has yellowed or the vinyl wrap is peeling. But rarely ever are the cabinets damaged or not working anymore. So instead of spending a fortune on new cabinets, we recommend keeping the bits and bobs of your kitchen that are still in good nick.

Don’t replace doors and cabinetry, just re-paint them

And even if the doors and drawer front look shabby and the vinyl is peeling, did you know that there is no need to throw them out? You can simply remove the vinyl wrap. Repaint the door in a trendy gloss or timeless satin finish and have your entire kitchen look brand-new for less than $3000.

Update tapware and door handles

If you really want to upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen, you shouldn’t stop at the doors and drawer fronts, it does not cost much to replace the old and worn out tapware with modern new ones – just ensure to not change the location of your plumbing and the upgrade is a breeze. Similarly: Doorknobs and drawer handles are a tell-tale of an old kitchen, lucky you, we can cover the old drill holes up when re-painting your cupboard doors and drawer fronts. As a result, you can add stylish handlebars to your as new kitchen. Fancy the new handleless look? Add push to open mechanisms and be impressed by your modern and simplistic kitchen.

Add storage and lighting

To finish the kitchen makeover off: Add extra storage wherever you can. Use empty space to add a pantry cabinet. Add a row of cabinets or open shelves to the kitchen cupboards. The more storage you have the tidier your kitchen will look. Finally, add an interesting pendant and shine some light on the workspace with spots and LED’s. Hard to believe, how effective an upgrade to a fixer-upper kitchen can be. And because you didn’t break the bank with the purchase price or kitchen makeover, you can still afford to invite the mates for the housewarming.

Comment below with your experience on how kitchen makeovers on a budget. Or if you are ready to upgrade your fixer-upper kitchen, click here to book an obligation-free appointment.

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