Kitchen remodels done right add significant value to your home and it may make the difference between selling in days or spending months on the market. If you make mistakes, you could recoup perhaps a third of the cost of the project when your home is sold. Here are three kitchen remodeling ideas that will add value to your home.
There were jokes about avocado green and harvest gold kitchens from the 1970s becoming cool again in the 2000s. They’d avoided remodeling and now they were in fashion again – until they weren’t again. What is the solution? Remodel your kitchen in neutral colors. You can choose homey browns and creams. Or, you can decorate in modern and timeless color schemes; white or black can be mixed with silver and matte stainless steel. Note that you don’t have to get brand new appliances to do this; you can have the panels on your existing appliances replaced to fit your desired color scheme.
What you do want to do is create a neutral color scheme that is consistent, so the kitchen feels homey and upscale. In contrast, having a white fridge, black dishwasher and stainless steel oven make the room look haphazard and poor quality.
We’re not going to say you need to put the most expensive luxury appliances in your kitchen. They are a status symbol, but the lower reliability of many of these models is even more disappointing when you take their cost into account, which should drive you to pick something else. Do update your 10-year-old ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers with well-known brand appliances that come with the functionality people appreciate.
The Extras People Appreciate
Before you stick a chef-grade kitchen in your home, consider what people actually value. It isn’t the fancy kitchen island but extra work surfaces and streamlined flow between the stove, refrigerator, and sink. Consider putting in a butcher block table before ripping out a breakfast bar because you think more space is the answer. Find ways to free up counter space to make the room seem less cluttered before you add on.
People also appreciate it when you hide what they don’t want to have to look at. For example, adding a garbage disposal is an easy way to add value to your home. If they don’t have to throw out as much food waste and deal with the smell and possible insects it attracts, they’ll appreciate it.
If you don’t know what to look for in a garbage disposal or how to pick the right one for your home, you can check out sites like mrgarbagedisposal.com that provide reviews on various garbage disposal systems and recommendations on how to choose one.
If you’re going to remodel your kitchen, go for neutral colors. It is more important that you update your kitchen to a full suite of modern appliances and easy to use sinks then put in luxury appliances. Focus on the essentials first like workflow, and then add little improvements that make the space easier to use or hide the things people don’t want to see.