Making the Most of Your Kitchen

Laurie WallRemodeling

Kitchen with white cabinetry and center island

If you’re planning to sell your house, a kitchen badly in need of updating can make or break a sale. When contemplating a kitchen upgrade, choose kitchen materials for resale value that will appeal to greatest number of potential buyers. Resist the temptation to choose a design that fits only with your own personal style. If your goal is to sell, your money will be better spent if you keep broad appeal and functionality in mind.

The same rules apply to your remodel as they do to your new home. You won’t be impressed by a kitchen that has such an individualized design that your style can’t possibly fit. More likely, you’ll choose a new home with a kitchen that makes you say WOW or just needs a little tweaking—for the most part, you can live with the existing design.

Timing

When deciding on kitchen materials for resale value, choose colors and styles that aren’t over-the-top trendy. To what extent and how you change your kitchen depends a lot on when you plan to list your house. If you’re planning to sell in a few years, plan your remodel to fit into the way you use your kitchen now. If you plan to sell right away, make the changes more neutral and functional.

Three Top Areas for Remodels

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Flooring

Appliances, cabinets, and flooring are the three main areas that potential buyers either embrace or walk away from.

Old appliances always make potential buyers want to lower the price of a home. You don’t have to install professional-grade appliances in order to impress prospective buyers, but you can’t go wrong with mid-range stainless steel.

The look of kitchen cabinets can make or break a sale. If your cabinets are sorely in need of an upgrade but you can’t quite afford new ones, give them a new look with paint. The trick to painting kitchen cabinets is to do a flawless job. If you do it yourself, make sure you learn how to make it look like a professional job. Nothing screams a DIY project more than paint drips and streaks. Also consider replacing the hardware.

If your kitchen needs new flooring but your budget won’t cover hardwood, check out the alternatives. There are less expensive flooring materials that give that hardwood look. Vinyl or porcelain tile are good options that you will enjoy while you’re waiting to sell and are pleasing to potential buyers.

Kitchen Materials for Resale Value

There isn’t a hard-and-fast rule about how much you should spend in order to get a higher percentage return on your investment. You don’t have to break the bank in order to upgrade appliances, cabinets, and flooring. When you remodel with resale in mind, choose materials that will appeal to the largest number of prospective buyers to help increase your return.

Updated Kitchens Sell

An updated kitchen will increase the likelihood of you getting top-dollar for your home and will decrease the number of days it’s on the market. Even with a limited budget, you can make changes that will appeal to potential buyers, and you will enjoy the changes while you wait for that perfect offer.

 

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LOW COST BIG IMPACT KITCHEN UPGRADES

 

When your kitchen begins to feel boring or outdated, it’s time to infuse a little life back into it. Major renovations and upgrades can cost a lot of money, but it’s not necessary to break the bank in order to spruce up your kitchen. Here are seven big impact updates for your kitchen that will not cost a whole lot of money.

Rearrange Things

Sometimes the biggest impact can be made with the smallest price tag. If you have open shelving or glass-front cabinets, clean out your cupboards and put pretty but useful items on the shelves. Since people are going to see these areas, it makes sense to make them attractive.

Add Decorative Items from Other Rooms

Redecorate your kitchen with items you already have. Scour your house, basement, attic, and garage for decorative, useful items such as lamps, rugs, knick-knacks, and art work. Hang a funky old clock or a painting your grandmother made. Repurposing decorative items is a great way to update your kitchen, and it won’t cost you a dime.

Decorate the Cabinets

Your cabinets are a high-profile element of the kitchen, so any changes you make to them will have a big impact. A hot trend right now is tuxedo cabinetry—painting the upper cabinets one color and the lower cabinets another. Another low-cost, big impact alteration you can make is changing the hardware. Updated pulls and handles can make your cabinets feel brand new.

Make a Splash with the Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash offers an opportunity to add a new decorative touch and is certainly another place you can really get creative for very little money. Paint it, add wallpaper, or re-tile with appealing decorative ceramic tiles.

Lighting Fixtures

A good lighting fixture is like jewelry for your kitchen. Replace your old lighting fixtures with an elegant option such as a pendant lamp or even a trio of pendant lamps. A funky fixture with colored glass will add a touch of flare. Whatever message you want to send, there is a lighting fixture that will speak for you.

Plumbing Fixtures

A new faucet for the kitchen sink does not have to be expensive and is actually pretty easy to install, which means you can save on installation fees. Think of the difference you could make to your kitchen sink by replacing your faucet with one of brushed nickel or oiled bronze. These small changes can be big impact updates for your kitchen.

Window Dressing

What could be easier than replacing old window dressings? Switch up the color scheme and add contrast with new curtains. Or change the mood by going from curtains to shades or wood blinds.

Whether it is switching out window dressings, painting, or installing new fixtures or hardware, updating your kitchen does not have to cost an arm and a leg. These inexpensive big impact updates for your kitchen will give you the most bang for your buck.

 

Upgrading Your Kitchen for Resale

When contemplating a kitchen upgrade, choose kitchen materials for resale value that will appeal to potential buyers.

 

6 HOME SELLING SECRETS

 

It’s easy to assume that there is a secret formula out there for selling a home—after all, some agents seem to have the golden touch when it comes to moving a property. While there isn’t necessarily a secret recipe, there are definitely things you can do to separate your home from the competition. They may seem like secrets, but in reality they’re available to every homeowner. If you’re looking for some “secret” (not-so-secret) tips for selling a home, here are six to get you started.

1. Price Your Home Correctly and Consider Taking a Risk

Start by getting an accurate estimate of the value of your home. Then be willing to take a risk and knock down the price. If you’re willing to take that risk, it can pay off in spades. The key is to hire a good agent, do some serious research, and perhaps even consider pricing below market value to draw more people and start a bidding war.

2. Lighting Is Essential

People are affected by light. A dim, dark house is no way to appeal to potential buyers. There are several simple and affordable steps you can take toward optimizing your lighting. For example, clean your windows, increase the wattage of your bulbs and replace ones that are burned out, trim foliage outside windows that may be blocking light, remove curtains, change lampshades, and add new lamps or fixtures.

3. Sweat the Small Stuff

A lot of people get lured into making major renovations before a sale, but in reality most homebuyers fixate on details. So make improvements like fixing leaky faucets, changing hardware on cabinets, patching, painting, cleaning grout, and making sure the faults you loved—or are used to—get repaired.

Tip: If you’re going to sink your money anywhere, put it into the kitchen. It’s one of the top-selling rooms in a home.

4. Depersonalize and Declutter

Potential homebuyers may have a hard time looking past your family photos, that flowery pink velvet chair, and that room cluttered with grandma’s heavy mahogany furniture. After all, people are trying to see themselves in your space. So if you’re going to get the best price for your home, you need to depersonalize and declutter. That means getting rid of things that add a personal stamp, removing any junk, clutter, and mess, and organizing and neutralizing everything so that your home appeals to a wider audience. It should feel as bright, airy, and open as possible without feeling too empty. Although it’s a balancing act and takes some effort, this tip can lead to great success with your home sale.

5. Remove Family Pets

You may love your dog and cat, but that doesn’t mean everyone else does. If you can find temporary homes or kennels for your beloved critters, it’s best to do so. It will prevent homebuyers with allergies from getting turned off and can eliminate odors, noises, and messes.

6. Find a Top-Notch Real Estate Team

Real estate agents vary in their approach, but some have proven themselves effective in the home-selling world. Don’t be afraid to bypass your family friend and find an agent with a good track record. They can guide you every step of the way and will have excellent resources and tips for selling a home.

By following a few top tips for selling a home, you can get the same results of those other home sellers you’ve envied in the past.

 

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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR NEW KITCHEN

 

Whether you’re interested in buying or selling a house, kitchen cabinetry is one of the first things that you or a potential buyer of your house will notice. In fact, the layout, color, and condition of the kitchen cabinets can make or break a sale.

So you may want to consider a kithen cabinet remodel—either to make your house easier to sell or to make your new home more functional and enjoyable. Whether you do a major or a minor kitchen cabinet remodel, you’ll end up with a more updated home.

Ideas for a Kitchen Cabinet Remodel

  • Completely replace the cabinets
  • Replace the hardware
  • Replace the doors
  • Paint the cabinets
  • Install new kitchen lighting
  • Remove the doors

If you decide to replace your cabinets, there are many kinds of customized woods and treatments to choose from. If you plan to sell your house, choose a material or a color that has wide appeal rather than one that is too personal. You want your house to appeal to the broadest possible audience, which will make it easier to sell.

New hardware can make a dramatic difference in your kitchen. Search online and in magazines to get ideas about what type of hardware would look best in your kitchen.

You can also get an entirely new look by replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts. It’s like getting new cabinets but without the expense.

For an easy fix that’s also easy on the budget, you can paint your cabinets. If you’re buying a house that could use updated cabinets, try painting them to make them your own. You can even mix the colors on upper and lower cabinets and islands. Be sure you purchase paint that is recommended for cabinets.

Proper lighting can make a dramatic statement in the kitchen. Economical under-cabinet dimmable lighting will give the room an inviting glow. Since a kitchen is always a gathering place, the overhead lighting needs to be as bright—not only to prepare meals but to enjoy conversation, too.

Many older homes have cabinets over an eating bar that closes off the kitchen area. A clever kitchen cabinet remodel is to remove the doors. The open shelving will give the entire room a more open feeling.

Enjoy the Look

A kitchen cabinet remodel can make a dramatic difference—either in your present home or in your new one. If you can do the remodel yourself, you’ll save money and get the final product you envision.

Envision Your Kitchen

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