A common question from homeowners I work with is, ‘What

updates will get them the most return for my money when

selling’. Kitchens and Baths are certainly number one, followed

closely by fl ooring.

And of course, these are all of the big ticket items. Here are

some kitchen renovation ideas to minimize the cost while still

creating that stylish and modern look prospective buyers love

to see.

• Paint – an instant facelift to any room is a fresh coat of

paint. If you’re updating to sell, remember not to go too bold,

and light accents create a clean, bright feel.

• Faucets – Replacing an outdated kitchen faucet can

revitalize the sink as well.

• Hardware – Cabinet hardware can easily be replaced

and is inexpensive to do. Multipacks are oft en available at

hardware stores and online. Mixing pulls and knobs can create

an interesting new dimension to your cabinets.

• Backsplash – Adding a backsplash is again relatively

inexpensive and adds depth and interest to your walls. If you

are really adventurous you could even include ship lap which

is currently very trendy.

• Lighting – Replace those old outdated fi xtures with

modern pendants or creative track lighting to brighten your

room. Under counter lighting can also create a great look and

using battery operated remote control lights saves the cost of

electrical work.

• Display – If the kitchen is dark or appears closed in,

replacing some of the upper cabinets with open shelving or

glass doors can counteract that. Be careful however not to do

this at the expense of storage space.

• Island – Center Islands are great for additional work

space, can add seating options and also aff ord additional

storage. Th ere are many inexpensive free standing or cart

style islands which make a wonderful addition to any kitchen,

especially one that lacks suffi cient counter space.

• Appliances – Replacing these may be completely out of

the budget but do consider this carefully if your appliances are

not all the same color.

• Re-facing – Replacing cabinet doors is a cost eff ective

alternative to replacing the entire cabinet. Many companies

off er this service, but if you are handy, this task can be

accomplished with relative ease. Th ere is also the option of

painting. Th is look, if well done, is becoming more popular.

• Counter tops – Solid surface counters are what buyers

wants in a new home and if your home is at a higher price

point, should certainly be considered. For a starter home,

replacing the counters may not be an option. If you are good

with paint, there are some amazing new products which give

the appearance of granite, at a fraction of the cost.

If you are up to the challenge and have the time to invest a little

sweat equity into the project, any kitchen can go from drab to

gourmet for a very aff ordable price.

By: Liz Burrow

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