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Add Resale Value to Your Home with This Kitchen Upgrade

A pantry stocked with dry goods, fruit, and appliances.
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More cabinets, and a new sink and/or countertops are likely some of the top items on your kitchen upgrade list. According to some property pros, though, there’s one more reno you might want to consider.

If you have the space, a walk-in pantry in the kitchen is evidently a major win when it comes to selling your home. According to Ellen Schwartz, a real estate broker at Compass, extra-large pantries are to kitchens what walk-in closets are to bedrooms.

In fact, in the same article, Homes & Gardens reports that 85% of buyers are looking for a walk-in pantry.

However, if you don’t have the room (or the cash) for a walk-in, you can use your existing space to craft a smaller version that will work, as long as it’s double-sided. In fact, Sharleen Pyarali, owner of Clickable Curations, recommends meshing counter space and a pantry together, as it will be particularly good for entertaining.

“Extra counter space is a great feature to have in an extra-large pantry,” Pyarali said, “as it can provide a resting place for dinner service before guests arrive, or food and beverages that may need to be handy nearby.”

If adding a pantry just isn’t an option for you, though, no worries! There are plenty of other kitchen trends buyers are looking for that don’t require a contractor.

[Via Homes & Gardens]

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