Kitchen Remodeling to Increase the Value of Your Home
When you are selling your home, you want to increase home value as much as possible without spending too much money. Realtors will tell you that a kitchen renovation will produce a 70% return for the amount you invest. To see this return, you must be smart about your investment. It is recommended to only spend about 6% to 10% of your total home value on kitchen remodeling to get a fair return. Make sure to choose materials that will appeal to the masses and not just to your tastes.
Increase home value by remembering to make smart choices when completing a kitchen renovation. Do not change cabinets if you can get the same results with a fresh coat of paint and new hinges. Make sure that the kitchen renovation continues to match the outside of the house. A potential buyer wants to look at the inside of a house because he or she liked what was on the outside.
You must also find a middle ground with kitchen remodeling. Do not cut corners to save money but also do not purchase expensive items when it is not necessary. Keeping things simple and opening up the kitchen space will still increase home value.
Before doing any major kitchen remodeling, consult with a real estate agent about what potential buyers are looking for in a kitchen. This discussion will help guide the renovation. The following tips, contributed by different real estate agents, are where you can get the most bang for your buck.
Tip #1: Open Up Space
If you are doing a total kitchen renovation, make sure to leave enough space between cabinets, islands, and peninsulas. When installing your granite countertop, tell your kitchen contractors you want at least 36-inch walkways between each stationary item. If there is room, it would be best to have at least 42-inch walkways for a single cook and 48-inch walkways for a two-cook kitchen. Any new owner will appreciate this extra space.
Tip #2: Provide Accessibility
When implementing a kitchen remodeling, make sure to place the stove out of high traffic areas. This idea will help prevent injuries to children from hot items on the stove. It will also keep kitchen visitors out of the way of the cook.
When installing your new appliances, two microwaves can help provide accessibility to everyone. You should install one microwave 15 inches above your granite countertop making it easy for any adult to use it. The second microwave should be placed below the countertop making it easy for a child to access it. It is also wise to put a mini refrigerator at the edge of the cooking area. In this fridge, place food for children like snacks and drinks, so the child can serve his or herself when the cook is busy. It will also keep the child out of the way of the cook.
Your cabinets can increase home value. If you plan to replace the cabinets, make sure to plan the placement carefully. If you put a cupboard into a corner, the door will not open all of the way because the wall will stop it. This lack of space can cause frustration when trying to store large items. It is also helpful to make all of the cabinet doors open in the same direction to avoid a similar issue with the doors banging together.
Another design idea is to have two different counter heights available in the kitchen. This variation will make it easy for children to help in the kitchen. It will also provide a space for children to eat or play without having to stand or kneel on a chair and without making a mess. This different countertop height will also make baking easy.
A total renovation will allow you to expand the space in your kitchen. Larger, roomier kitchens are a major attraction to the potential buyer. This expansion can happen by knocking down a wall. Knocking a wall down does not provide more room, but it will make the kitchen seem larger because of the open space.
Tip #3: Add Convenience to the Kitchen Remodeling
It is simple to install under the cabinet lights, and it will provide extra lighting making it easier to work on the granite countertop. When purchasing cabinets, you should add a recycling bin, a pull-out pantry, and extra drawers to also add convenience for the possible new owner. A message board with a chalkboard or a cork board will add a unique area to your renovated kitchen making it family friendly.
Enough countertop space is a necessity. Make sure to include at least 15 inches of countertop on both sides of the stove. This area will be helpful when preparing dinner. A drawer in one of the cabinets near the stove allows pot holders to be stored close to the oven. It would also be convenient to have countertop space next to both the microwaves and refrigerators. Homeowners who cook frequently will appreciate extra counter space between the stove and the sink, also.
The area around the stove top and oven should be planned wisely. It should include a place for a variety of spices to be stored. It would also be convenient to have a place for pots and pans which could include a hanging area or shelves. S hooks or pegs would be useful in keeping utensils organized and close at hand.
An incredible convenience is to install a swing-out tap or long hose attachment to the sink. These accessories will make filling a pot on the stove a breeze. It will also prevent the need to carry heavy pans filled with water from the sink to the stove. It will also make cleaning the floors stress-free.
Another unbelievable convenience is to create the perfect knife drawer. You can purchase an insert that will cover and sharpen the edges of a knife when it is stored. The insert can be placed directly into an empty drawer and will keep the knives out of the reach of any children. It will also help organize your knives, making it stress-free to find the correct one.
When remodeling your kitchen, extra plug-ins can be a game changer. Add multiple plug-ins to the backsplash to allow the countertop appliances to be placed anywhere on the counter. Various plug-ins set on the island or peninsulas allow for better access to electricity while cooking.
Tip #4: Add These Features
One of the most impressive kitchens is a chef’s kitchens. This kitchen has gas stoves, a double oven, and a variety of cooking modes on both. The chef’s kitchen can include modern form and function while still keeping to the original style of the house. Some realtors suggest adding the following to any newly remodeled kitchen along with a chef’s kitchen:
• Glass doors
• Display Shelving
• Wine Storage
• Flush-set sinks
• Under mount sinks
• Glass Refrigerator
• Stainless steel range
• Stainless refrigerators
• Stainless cooktops
• Stainless dishwasher
• Granite Countertop
Tip #5 Avoid These Features
When starting the remodel for your kitchen, make sure to consider what will appeal to the masses. Your taste may not appeal to everyone. The following features cost a lot and may take value away from your home:
• Splashy tiles or backsplashes
• Fancy tiles
• Busy countertops
• Statement light fixtures
• Pizza Oven
• Built-in coffee maker
• Hibachi Grill
• Washer or dryer in the kitchen
• Latest trends
• Extremely carved molding
The tips above are just suggestions. It is possible to incorporate some or all of the suggestions in your kitchen remodel. The best recommendations will come from your real estate agent because he or she will be the expert about what a potential owner will want in a kitchen remodeling project.