It is no secret that kitchen remodeling can help you reap a bigger reward on the resale value of your home. However, major remodeling can become costly real quick. Whether you are selling now or in the future, here are some simple tips to help you fix up an outdated kitchen without breaking the bank.
Kitchen remodeling tips
Create some space
Buyers want a wide-open floor plan and they are willing to spend more to get it. Even though this could potentially be pricey – it doesn’t always have to mean a major renovation. Sometimes by simply removing a non-structural wall or half wall you can make the room feel like it flows into another area. At the very least, removing a doorway and widening the entrance can accomplish a more open feel.
Fix the fixtures
Sometimes by simply changing a faucet, you can change the focal point from the outdated sink to the new and shiny fixture. When potential buyers (or anyone) first walks through a room, what catches their eye is what they remember. Whether it is a new pull-out faucet, a vintage model or a more traditional one, changing the faucet is going to cost less than $150.
Typically, you want to choose a faucet that matches number of holes in you sink – but you have some other options. Most new single handle faucets come with a deckplate that allow you to easily retro-fit a multi hole sink for a single handle faucet.
Go White to Hide Imperfections
One of the most expensive items in kitchen remodeling is the cabinets. Replacing them can cost you thousands in materials and labor. If the cabinetry itself is in good condition, consider a bright white paint treatment. Then, ditch the old knobs and go for brand new hardware to add a sparkling new look. If your cabinets are too old to be spruced up by paint, consider new doors.
Make a bigger splash with the backsplash
The backsplash in the kitchen is meant to be functional keeping grease and spills off the walls. But, it is also an area where the element of design can make a big impact. You may want to consider adding mosaic tile behind the stove to make it visually stand out or complement the existing backsplash.
Lighting is a subtle, yet important functional element in any kitchen. If your kitchen needs to be brighter, consider some under the counter lights that are less expensive than rewiring. Change a plain light fixture to hanging or add a dimmer for effect.
For flooring in the kitchen, you want something that is comfortable, durable and affordable. There are many choices including laminate wood, tile, cork, bamboo and vinyl. If you install it yourself, you can easily choose one that comes in under $3 per square foot and still have a gorgeous and modern floor.
Top it off right
No matter how you slice it, countertops are a big deal. Think of the countertop as the one element that sets the tone for the entire kitchen. Therefore, designers and house flippers alike spend a lot of time selecting just the right material. Often, they will choose granite or stone. These countertops usually require professional installation but, if you don’t have a lot of counter space you can sometimes get a deal on granite remnants.
If granite is out of your price range, another option is to have your countertops refinished. Today, you can choose from stone-like refinishing that makes the average laminate counter look like expensive natural stone. And, it costs a lot less than a total replacement.
Choose the right color
If you are remodeling to sell, don’t go too bold with your choice of paint color. Color is subjective and that bright green you have in mind may not appeal to all potential buyers. But, don’t be afraid to decorate with color. Especially if you’ve used bright white cabinetry you want to create some visual interest and definite contrast. If you use soft hues for the walls and floor; get bolder with the backsplash or other décor. The key is to pick a theme and stick to it – even gray and white can be stylish if you use color wisely.
Stoves, refrigerators and other kitchen appliances can get expensive. If you opt for professional models for your dream kitchen it can run thousands. But, if you shop around, you can probably get new (or used) appliances for much less. Online sales, scratch and dent and clearance centers offer huge discounts. If some of your appliances will remain, look for other appliances that closely match the style. Often, floor models will sell for less as will any that have small imperfections – don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson.
Kitchen storage space is always at the top of the list for desirable features. Rather than add more cabinets, consider the inserts available today. You can exponentially increase storage space and provide better organization for under $100.
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