One of the best things about buying a home is that you have endless possibilities when it comes to remodeling. However, if you really want to be strategic, you want to make sure that you are planning your remodel around what’s going to actually increase the overall value of your home. It’s never a bad idea to put value first when it comes to a renovation project. You want to make sure that every bit of money you put into your home is something that you’re going to get back in time. Why wouldn’t you want to do that?
So when it comes to the house as a whole, you might not be surprised that the best place to add value is the kitchen. These days, we do a lot of things in our kitchens, not just cooking. We study for tests at school, we eat, we entertain guests, and then if we have time we actually get to cook something. So there’s a lot of emphasis being place don a great kitchen in a house. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your shoes, happily cooking away while the rest of the world turns and turns. So if you’re thinking about the same things, then it’s definitely time to start planning your kitchen project. Budget is definitely one of the first things that you will want to think about. It’s tempting to just assume that you’re going to have free reign to just spend as much as you want. If you don’t set a budget up front, you’ll get sucked into the wonders of the home improvement store, which is not a good thing at all. There are a lot of beautiful fixtures and lighting options at the store that will entice you to buy them, and it’s very easy to go over budget.
So you want to first focus on the essentials that have to be there. Redoing the lighting in a kitchen can definitely add value, as well as upgrading the applicants and the cabinets. If you don’t have the budget for a major renovation, you might want to focus on making the space more functional. The addition of a kitchen island can add space where there isn’t anymore room to put in shelving, and you can also change the lighting so that you can see the food preparations much easier than if you were to just leave the lighting as is. One thing that you’ll notice about older homes is the lighting in the kitchen is very poor — it’ll need to be on the first things that you change.
The flooring may need to be redone, and this isn’t a bad idea. The best surfaces are laminated in the kitchen for obvious reasons. You wouldn’t want to put carpet in the kitchen — that’s just asking to have mold and mildew make permanent stays in your home.
Making your kitchen more energy efficient and eco-friendly is another great project that can add value to your home at large, because everyone is focused on those things. When you can show a buyer proof that you’re really into taking care of the environment and reducing your overall energy use, you may get more interest than if you didn’t make that investment. Again, these are projects that you’re going to need to balance against your budget. There’s nothing that says that you have to do all of these things at once. You can always tackle these projects one at a time so that you don’t have to worry about all of the costs at one time.
Since you’re dealing with a space that has some plumbing and electrical considerations that need to be made, it’s important to really make sure that you’re going to be able to do the work on your own. When it comes to advanced systems, we definitely advocate the use of trained professionals. Sure, you’re going to spend more money, but when you really need to make sure that something is done properly and up to code, that’s when calling a contractor is the right way to go. Look through reviews and get referrals if you need to so that you can count on them to do the job right the first time.
Overall, there are plenty of other kitchen ideas that you could use; this guide is just to give you a few short ideas. What will you create today?