Maybe you've outgrown your kitchen, or have just grown tired of the way it looks. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, there are tons of possibilities, but also plenty to decide on before you begin. Kitchens are a big deal, often the hub of activity and the heart of the home. Our real estate agents understand the importance of having a kitchen that meets your needs and adds to your home's value. In the early stages of imagining your dream kitchen, consider these tips to make your renovation less stressful with results that rock.
- Determine Your Budget
Although it may be easy to visualize the many changes you want to make in your kitchen, it's key to know how much you can afford to spend on your renovation. Setting your budget before you begin pricing materials and contractors allows you to avoid disappointment and overspending during the actual project. You may be able to trim expenses by doing part of the reno yourself if you're a DIYer. Be sure to compare labor and material prices from a few different sources too.
- Is Your Vision Clear?
It may seem like a no-brainer, but having a firm vision of what you want your end results to be is crucial to a successful kitchen renovation. Do you intend to change the layout of your kitchen or only make changes to what's already there? Is your kitchen functional and enjoyable to use or is some rearrangement in order? There's little worse than getting half way through your reno only to decide that you need to regroup and make major changes.
- Cabinets and Countertops
Usable counter space and adequate, functional storage are two things that most people look for in a kitchen. If you're planning on replacing your cabinets, custom cabinetry may sound appealing, but keep in mind that you'll likely spend more, and factory made cabinets usually come with a better warranty. You may even be able to refinish your cabinets yourself, adding new hardware to give your storage a fresh look. Decide whether you need more counter space or if yours is just worn and dated. Granite and quartz are popular, durable choices, but also come with a higher price per square foot.
If your floor is dull and drab, you may be thinking of replacing it. If you're budget is tight, you might consider a professional cleaning beforehand to see if shining it up will do the trick. Older homes may have beautiful hardwood floors hiding beneath linoleum, and a relatively inexpensive refinishing can restore them to a kitchen floor that will wow. When opting for tile, hardwood or laminate flooring, be sure to shop around for the best prices.
You may think that a commercial range would be ideal in your kitchen, but do you really need it? Consider exactly how you use your kitchen appliances and determine if top-of-the-line is necessary before you commit. Some retailers offer bundle deals when you purchase matching kitchen appliances.
- Added Touches
Remember that little touches can make a huge difference in your kitchen. Adding a backsplash and updating your lighting can change the ambiance and make your kitchen more appealing. A sink that is visually appealing but more important functional will make your kitchen easier to use and add flair.
Breathing new life into your kitchen doesn't have to be a frustrating project. With proper planning and a willingness to consider all your options, your dream kitchen reno will come together with ease. For more information on area homes or to discuss your real estate goals, contact us today.