19 Feb Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Resale
The kitchen tends to grab a lot of attention at the time of resale. With most buyers, it is more than just space where cooking happens. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ 2017 Home Buyer Preferences report, 82% of homebuyers are looking for eat-in kitchens to entertain guests and enjoy family time. If you are planning to sell your home and want to make a substantial return you should always keep in mind that someday your kitchen will be enjoyed by a new household. Some key focal points that all buyers will seek in a kitchen are good lighting, sufficient storage, cabinet color, Updated hardware/appliance, and countertops and their layout. We always recommend speaking with a Kitchen and Bath Design firm to help with keeping classic elements and a cohesive plan throughout your kitchen design.
Having good lighting that creates an open and inviting space is particularly important for resale. If you have any dim or broken bulbs swap them with a new and bright LED. Installing puck lights in deep drawers and corners of your pantry are also a great idea. Add style by replacing any outdated ceiling fixture with something more dramatic, like a drum light with geometric cutouts. We also recommend adding undercabinet lighting. It is relatively inexpensive and will brighten up your countertop space.
In a kitchen, you can never have enough storage. Your top priority should be to enhance as much storage space as possible. We recommend adding accessible shelves and incorporating corner units. If you have an island adding storage into the base will maximize that space. Organizers in drawers and folding/sliding units help with ease of access and organization in the kitchen. Small things like this will really bring more value into the kitchen.
Cabinets are usually one of the first things buyers will notice about your kitchen. If your cabinets are not in the best shape, there are many options for updating them. You can purchase a new one with the help of a design firm. Cabinet refacing is a great middle alternative to already decent cabinets that need a pick-me-up. Lastly, repainting your cabinets a neutral tone or fresh white is a great and inexpensive option for updating them.
New hardware can give your cabinets an entirely new look and feel. It is an additional cost but is more affordable than replacing your cabinets altogether. We also highly recommend updating any old appliances to modern and energy-efficient appliances. Not only do they give a sleek and updated look to your kitchen, but they also cut down your energy bill.
Countertops and Layout
Countertops are the most visually captivating element in your kitchen. If you have a less than stellar countertop, there are many options to consider for resale. The best and most desired countertops are Quartz. Quartz countertops are durable, non-porous, germ-resistant, and very sustainable. Quartz countertops are available in a range of colors, patterns, and finishes. We recommend speaking with a designer to help in picking the perfect countertop for your home. Now, when it comes to a smart layout be careful where you arrange everything in your kitchen. Ease of access is of the utmost importance with layout, so having appliances reasonably close to one another is key.
When you are updating your kitchen do not lose sight that it needs to be just a beautiful space but a functional one. Think of common kitchen tasks that aggravate you because of how your current kitchen is designed and consider working with a Kitchen and Bath Design firm for a better layout. At The Homestyles Group, our design consultants are ready to assist homeowners, like you, with every step of the kitchen design process — from cabinetry to countertops, backsplashes, tiles, flooring, hardware, and more! Schedule your complimentary consultation for your project today!