With the tremendous following home remodeling televisions shows have these days, it comes as no surprise that the do-it-yourself trend is on the rise. While doing things yourself to enhance the value of your home can save a bundle and even become a fun family project, it’s important to understand that some things are not meant to be done by anyone other than a licensed and bonded contractor. When we start to have initial discussions about remodeling a kitchen, it’s often the case that homeowners get excited very quickly and want to hop right in, knocking down walls and opening up space before they even realize what a load-bearing wall is or what kind of damage could be done to floors, electrical systems, or the overall integrity of the home.
DIY is a great way to approach projects like painting bathrooms, retexturing kitchen and coffee tables, and even adding fixtures like sconces. But when it comes to what we now know homebuyers consider the most important room of the house, bringing in professionals is probably your best bet. Once you’ve hired a contractor to remodel your kitchen, what are the best ways to beautify it, make it more functional, and have the remodel increase the value of the home?
Make it bigger: Enlarging the kitchen is important. Homebuyers have noted over the past four years or so more than ever that the kitchen is the “most important room of the house,” and that’s because in most cases, it isn’t just where we eat—it’s where we congregate, make important decisions, and in open floor planned homes, everything that happens in the kitchen is part of what’s happening in the family room as well, whether it’s a family conversation or listening in on the big game. Larger kitchens bring in buyers willing to pay more, and they also accommodate more cabinetry and larger islands and countertops, which means more storage and more room to prep, cook, and convene.
Reface or replace cabinets: There’s nothing worse to a potential homebuyer than a beautiful kitchen space and floor plan with worn out and/or outdated cabinetry. If your cabinets are old in a bad way (and by this we mean to exclude well executed midcentury modern cabinetry and the like) you can have them refaced or replaced. Refacing is an excellent money-saving choice if the cabinetry is made from quality wood that’s still in good condition. Conversely, replacing kitchen cabinets is your best bet for enhancing home value and the look of your kitchen when existing cabinets are poorly constructed or fabricated from particleboard and/or other cheap materials.
Replace aging appliances: If your kitchen is lined with old, white appliances from the 1990s or before, it’s time for an upgrade. Even if you think these appliances are perfectly fine, there are several good reasons to replace them. To begin, if they don’t have the Energy Star seal, it’s costing you more money to cool your food, wash your dishes, and heat your food than it needs to. When you purchase a new Energy Star approved refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, oven, or range, you’re investing in the value of your home while also reducing your cost of living.