9 Kitchen Features That Long Island Home Buyers Are Looking For

In July of this year, about 77% of people surveyed agreed that this is a great time to sell their homes.

The most important thing to think about when you’re trying to sell your home is what buyers want and what they’re willing to pay for. Making some simple changes to your home to improve the overall look and design, such as updating the kitchen features, will help you sell faster.

But, what are the main things that you should change in your kitchen? What types of kitchen renovation ideas are selling in NY today?

Keep reading as we break down 9 features that people in Long Island want in their kitchens.

1. White Cabinets

One of the most popular trends that millennial buyers prefer specifically is white kitchen cabinets. In fact, 31% of millennials surveyed stated that they prefer white cabinets over other colors or types.

If you’re not comfortable doing white cabinets, you can also try mint-colored cabinets. They are still very fresh and attractive to the average buyer when paired with the right appliances and lighting.

2. Technologically Advanced Devices

There are many appliances out there now that are built with high-tech, smart features. For instance, some refrigerators come with interior cameras or WiFi connectivity that allow you to see what you have in the fridge and look up recipes at the same time.

Buyers like this because it adds a new element of convenience to their lives. Even if it isn’t something that they end up using all the time, the idea of it being there will help sell your home.

3. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel kitchen appliances have been popular for several years now, but their appeal is not going away anytime soon. Many buyers still prefer the sleek, shiny look of stainless steel.

When you pair these appliances with almost any color cabinet or countertop, they will look great.

4. Contrasting Colors

If you’re comfortable going very bold with the look of your kitchen, you can try choosing two shades that are opposite on a color wheel to incorporate in your kitchen. Popular options like purple and orange or pink and green may make your home stand out to a buyer among any other in the area.

Of course, you still want to make sure that the colors are nice shades that look attractive. A good way to do this is to mix up the types of materials and textures you’re using as well to create a more dynamic appearance in the kitchen overall.

5. Center Island

Buyers love a big kitchen island. One that is in the center of the kitchen is even better!

Peninsulas or breakfast bars are not as popular as they used to be. Instead, buyers are looking for islands that allow them to have more room for prepping meals or even provide storage underneath. If you’re able to create a center island that has a nice, big farmhouse sink in it as well, that’s an even bigger plus.

6. Walk-In Pantry

Many people like to buy their groceries in bulk these days thanks to stores like Costco. They need a place to put all of those things, and a walk-in pantry is perfect for that end.

It also is a great thing to showcase how much square footage is in a home if you have a walk-in closet for all of your food. Homes that are meant for big families will really benefit from this addition.

7. Natural Countertops

To create a nice balance in the kitchen space, buyers like to have natural or natural-looking countertops. Natural stone is very popular for countertops, so opt for granite, marble, limestone, or soapstone (among others) to give your kitchen more of a nature-oriented feel.

In most kitchens, if you’re able to pair modern with natural features, buyers will respond to that in a positive way as you try to sell your house.

8. Statement Lights

While statement lights can be something that really draws the attention of anyone in the room, they can also be fairly simple. A good way to get buyers to love your kitchen is to update your lighting fixtures with modern or luxury options.

Whether they are going to be hung from the ceiling above your center island or are attached to the backsplash above the countertop, they can make a huge difference in the appearance of a kitchen.

9. ‘Broken Plan’ Kitchens

‘Broken plan’ kitchens refer to using the openness available with an open concept design, but zoning the area with carefully placed furniture, cabinetry, or screens.

These are extremely popular right now across the country, and they are set to remain in style for many years to come. If you’re able to stage your home to reference that this style is possible, many buyers that are conscious of trends and design will notice.

Choose the Best Kitchen Features That Buyers Will Love

Even if you decide to only add a few of these kitchen features, you’re going to be increasing the chances that a Long Island buyer will show interest in your home.

Kitchens are arguably one of the most important parts of a house, so people want to purchase homes that have desirable kitchens. Make your house a hit with some simple (or more complex) changes that showcase all it can be.

If you’re ready to buy or sell a home in the Long Island area, give us a call to learn more about our services and how we can help you today.

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