Renovating a kitchen can be a major expense, but it can also be a sound investment. Whether you’re looking for a new design or updating a worn-out look, renovating your kitchen can really pay off in the long run, especially if you’re planning to sell your home soon.
The financial benefits of renovating your kitchen
As homeowners we’re always looking to do continuous renovations and improvements, not only to increase our home’s value but to make life easier. The time, money, and energy you put into your home improvements can have a major impact on the value of the property and make your living space more stylish and comfortable. Of all the home improvements, a kitchen renovation is the most profitable. When buying a house, buyers typically look for an efficient, beautiful, modern kitchen where they can feel comfortable and happy when cooking and entertaining. Here are the most profitable kitchen renovations to consider for your home:
New countertops give a fresh feel
While this can be a very pricey option, it cannot be denied that new quality countertops really make a kitchen more attractive to buyers. However, there are certain countertops that are high on the designer list for kitchens that make granite and marble look dull. Elegant, heat and stain resistant surfaces such as the latest Radianz Quartz and Accolade Quartz collections are gaining more popularity than granite with top designers and homeowners. This beautiful man-made, engineered surface looks like genuine stone and is very popular as a low-maintenance, more durable option than real stone.
Or if you are not into stone and want more sanitary options, solid surface counters can give you that quartz look in a molded and fabricated design that has no silicone-filled seams, and can even include a seamless solid surface sink. Adding backsplashes can also increase the value of the counters, as long as it is of the same quality type material or a good contrasting design.
Replace your appliances
One of the most expensive aspects of renovating the kitchen is replacing the appliances. However, while this can be a huge cost, the return on investment is exponential. The most modern and energy efficient appliances are sought after by many home buyers and can make the difference between selling and not selling your property.
However, don’t feel like you need to replace them all at once. Replacing your old appliances one at a time is enough, and over a short time, you can have the best and most modern appliances that every modern kitchen deserves.
Renew your old cabinets
Changing your cabinets is the second most expensive renovation in a kitchen after upgrading your appliances, and a complete rip-out and replacement can be very costly. If your original cabinets are in good condition consider replacing just the doors and drawers instead of the whole cabinets. Most cabinets are melamine coated these days, but if you have old wood, then replacing is not even the best option. A good sanding and a fresh coat of paint or varnish can turn your old wooden cabinets into the latest designer kitchen looks.
Everything including the kitchen sink
Obviously, the kitchen sink is the most used item in any kitchen, and replacing it can make a huge difference to the whole look of the kitchen. Stainless steel is often the most popular choice, and it is simple to replace your old-style kitchen sink with a modern design, with either double-sinks or double drainers, or even both. Also, changing the faucet can make a big difference to an ordinary sink if changing the sink is not within your budget.
Fitted flooring is on the rise
Nothing beats hardwood in the latest colors and styles for a beautiful floor that will give you years before wear and a look that is inviting for buyers. Hardwood floors are the most popular surface for kitchen flooring, outside stone flagstones, and are often much easier to install than floor tiles. It is a fairly inexpensive option as well, with the square foot cost being a lot cheaper than stone or top-end ceramic tiles.
Additions for your gadgets
With modern home buyers having smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other expensive gadgets, adding a few charging points to the kitchen sockets can be a big selling point. With so many appliances already, there is never enough room to plug in those gadgets to charge in the kitchen. USB charging sockets built into the kitchen walls make for an interesting and exciting addition.