The professionals are in agreement that cosmetic changes made to your home can go a long way to increasing its sale price. Because people spend so much time in the kitchen, that is often the best place to start any remodeling project and it can add considerably to the value of your house. Remodeling isn’t always going to add value but upgrading the kitchen can often provide an 80-90% return on investment (ROI). Adding an extension or a swimming pool will never give you that kind of ROI.
With the current housing market being what it is, selling is sometimes a long, drawn-out affair, which means you can enjoy an improved kitchen while you wait to sell plus reap the rewards at the time of the sale. You never know but once you’ve improved your kitchen you might find you’re enjoying it so much that you no longer want to move!
With a kitchen upgrade, you can do a small refurbishment or an extensive one, depending on your finances. The prospect of giving your kitchen a face lift needn’t turn into an overwhelming ordeal. A small face lift that is quick and relatively inexpensive might include just replacing the hardware, painting or re-facing the cabinets or updating and/or improving the lighting. Changing the light fixtures could go a long way toward doing inexpensive improvements to other rooms of the house as well.
The best place to start is DIY or remodeling magazines where you can get ideas and develop a vision of how you want your kitchen to look. This will also give you ideas of what’s new, what’s trendy and what clever projects can be done on a budget/shoestring. Looking through magazine, visiting kitchen design websites or perhaps even going to see show houses can get you really excited about your upcoming project.
Next step is to talk to people at DIY/home improvement stores, they’ll be able to give you ideas about products you can use and of course, what things are going to cost. They can probably even give you names of contractors that will do those things you don’t want to tackle yourself. Good advice at the planning stage can make a huge difference in how much it will all cost and in reducing potential problems. If all goes well with the kitchen, you never know you might just want to go on and remodel some of your other rooms.
While planning what changes you intend to make in the kitchen, always keep in mind the style of the rest of your home. Putting a contemporary kitchen into an historic house (or visa-versa) could prove to be too drastic a change and could actually reduce the value of your home. Choosing the style of hardware, lighting, cabinets and appliances that are in harmony with the rest of the house will give you results you’ll happy with. When it comes time to sell or if you are doing the remodeling to make the sale easier and quicker, buyers are much more likely to appreciate a remodeled kitchen that blends beautifully with the character of the whole house.