One of the most important rooms of a home is the kitchen, but it can also be one of the most expensive to update.

Home owners may decide to makeover their kitchen before selling to attract more buyers and achieve a higher sale price, but they are restricted by budget and don’t want to overspend.

To improve the appearance of their kitchen without spending a lot, there are a few small and inexpensive changes that can be made that may make significant improvements.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Update cabinet/drawer handles – these can date a kitchen but can be easily and cost effectively replaced by the home owner without needing a handyman or carpenter.
  2. Replace cabinet doors – If the kitchen cabinets are all regular sizes then new doors could give the kitchen an instant new look. This is a much cheaper option than ripping out the entire kitchen. Can be done DIY and starting from scratch, and if owner is handy then it could be a DIY situation.
  3. Replace the splashback – For a more dramatic change, consider a colourful new splashback. Tiles may need to be removed and a professional may be required to a new one. Options are varied and include tiles, glass, stone, laminate, mirrors, stainless steel and more. Can be a dramatic improvement.
  4. Install new benchtops – Benchtops tend to look worn over time and colour and patterns change over time. Natural stones, timber and stainless steel are all popular options but if the budget is constrained then laminate is not only affordable but it is also versatile, low maintenance and looks good.
  5. Paint – If the kitchen is in fairly good condition then it might just need a little bit of paint to help give it a bit of a lift. Paint is one of the easiest ways to change the walls, cabinets, drawers, just make sure that the correct paint is chosen for each surface and that the colours are up-to-date and not too dramatic.