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
• 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• Faucets – Replacing an outdated kitchen faucet can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• Lighting – Replace those old outdated fi xtures with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
• 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