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Should I Renovate My Kitchen Before Selling? | Nuenza

The decision about renovating a home before putting it up for sale—whether the renovation involves just one room or several—is something unique, and the right choice depends on each homeowner’s situation, as well as the state of the housing market in your area. 

On the one hand, pre-sale renovations might be a good idea if you have a good-looking residential home in a family-friendly neighbourhood that also happens to have good schools. Why? Because your home will be a highly sought-after prize for young families. 

Young families in particular are more willing to buy a home that has a higher cost, as long as there are fewer required renovations. On the other hand, if you are selling to someone interested in completely gutting the place so they can put their own design stamp on the place, it might be best to avoid renovating spending money to increase the home value. 

No matter what you decide, our Nuenza designers can provide you with some insight on your preferred course of action.

Is Remodeling a Kitchen Worth it?

Real estate agents stress that if you’re going to do an interior home renovation, you should have bathroom and kitchen renovation at the top of your list. These two rooms are main hubs of activity, and can raise the profile of a home (therefore raising its price) if done well. 

small white kitchen

Kitchen Remodel Estimates

Our interior designers have been involved in the renovation of homes of all sizes, so they’ll be able to provide you with accurate estimates of what your budget should look like. For example:

  • A small kitchen of 70 square feet or less will cost between $20,000 – $30,000.
  • A medium kitchen of 100-150 square feet will cost between $20,000 – $52,000.
  • A medium one of 150-175 square feet will cost between $26,000 – $55,000.
  • A large kitchen of 200 or more square feet will cost between $50,000 – $90,000.

Of course, the numbers above only represent estimates, and will vary according to the design specs and materials you choose. To have the true cost of remodeling our team of designers will be happy to conduct a detailed consultation with you. We’ll take into account a variety of factors, such as your layout, personal preferences, and the expected labor costs. 

We can also help you with budgeting and work with your estate agent, so you can get the best return on investment while offering a great selling price. At Nuenza, you will always be guided by those with the experience and knowledge to make the best decisions. 

What Home Improvements Should be Done Before Selling?

A buyer will have their own preferences, but if you want to sell your home at a reasonable price, you’ll likely need to make some changes, regardless of your home’s condition. 

Whether you’re updating or gutting the kitchen, re-doing the foundation or simply adding new winterized windows, there are a few areas that usually do attract homebuyers. If you’ve chosen to remodel the kitchen, one thing is for sure: improving these areas with high-quality materials is often a good idea. 

And remember, when showing your home, a paint job can pay off in a big way. Neutral colours, for example, are known to have the best return on investment, often attracting multiple buyers.   

Kitchen Cabinets

If you have old wood cabinets that are damaged or need updating, replacing them can be a smart move. From oak to mahogany to birch to bamboo, our designers can help you select a high-quality and sturdy material that work best in the context of your existing design. With our help, buyers will be clamouring for your house when it goes on the market!

kitchen countertop and stove


After cabinets, countertops are the second most important feature to renovate because it’s highly visible. Especially for island kitchens, countertops are a focal point, so it’s essential that you go with a material that will increase your home’s value. It’s also worth noting that if you upgrade countertops, you should strongly consider doing the cabinets as well for an integrated look.

Since the late 80s, granite countertops have become a staple in the kitchen. However, it’s best to evaluate whether or not it’s the material for your house. Determine whether or not:

  • Granite countertops suit your space’s décor
  • The homes for sale in your area have granite counters

There are many choices to go with, including marble, quartz, butcher block, and stainless steel. Our Nuenza interior designers are always happy to help you pick the best one for your home and design taste.

Paint Colours

Sellers should replace any bold and flashy colours with neutral tones that suit the rest of the space. Luckily, kitchens don’t usually have too much space to cover with paint, as the cabinets and appliances cover most of the space. A quick paint job may seem overly simple, but sometimes a little effort goes a long way when making a sale. 


Some homeowners leave their appliances behind for different reasons. They may be downsizing, or may want to replace their appliances with newer versions. While buyers will often appreciate having the appliances included in the sale, it goes without question that leaving outdated appliances that may or may not work will not increase the value of your home. In fact, it may even turn buyers away. Depending on the situation, it can often be advantageous to replace appliances in order to increase your home’s value. 

man and woman packing in kitchen

When considering selling your house, it’s best to always speak with a real estate agent and a designer. They can provide you with an accurate real estate market assessment and sound advice for your potential Montreal kitchen renovation. 

Trust the Nuenza experts to turn your ideas into a reality.

Kitchen Remodels are Better with Nuenza 

Selling your home is a major step in your life along with buying a new place. But you don’t have to do it alone. Commitment, passion, and dedication are the hallmarks of Nuenza. 

Our interior designers can update your kitchen so that your property has a stronger resale value and you get peace of mind knowing you’re making the smartest financial decisions. When professionals are involved, every choice is just a little bit easier to make, and the renovations get done right the first time.  

Contact us for more information, or view our portfolio for inspiration and ideas!