For many prospective buyers, the kitchen can spark a love affair with a home or end it. A recently upgraded and attractive kitchen can make your Woodhaven MI home irresistible. According to Realtor Magazine’s cost vs. Value Report, a remodeled kitchen can get you a 63.7 percent return on your investment; however, this is heavily dependent on how much you spend. Another important factor is whether you are trying to create a kitchen for yourself or one that appeals to buyers. If you are attempting the latter, this means choosing materials that will appeal to a broad swath of homebuyers. In other words, you should avoid personalizing the space too much. You may appreciate certain features that may not appeal to a wide range of buyers. Another useful tip is to avoid spending more on the project than your home’s value can support. Try to keep your kitchen remodeling budget under 10 percent of the value of your home. This will increase your likelihood of getting good returns.
As you consider different kitchen remodeling ideas, consider the following areas to maximize your return on investment:
1. Go with Granite
Buyers want to see granite countertops regardless of your home’s price range. If you intend your countertop to be your kitchen’s focal point, you will definitely want to spend more on it since you will be basing your other choices (such as cabinetry and color scheme) on your countertop. There are different grades of granite but for most buyers, it will not matter which grade you choose as long as you choose granite. In some cases, you may also be able to get away with solid surfaces such as pulverized quartz if you choose a pattern that closely resembles granite.
2. Your Cabinetry
Essentials here include cabinets with features like soft close doors and drawers. Focus on ergonomic elements like drawers in base cabinets. Also, build wall cabinets up to the ceiling to increase your storage. Another option to upgrade your cabinets at a low cost is to have them resurfaced.
3. New Appliances
New kitchen appliances have two effects on prospective buyers: the style appeals to their tastes while energy efficient appliances appeal to their desire to save money. A good real estate agent can sell a kitchen just based on how much money the appliances will save.
4. Improve the Layout
In kitchen remodeling lingo, this is what is called “the triangle.” The triangle is where you do most of your work in the kitchen. It encompasses the area where you cook as well as your dishwasher and your sink. The key for your triangle is flow. A bad flow can have you tripping over or bumping into things as you move from one corner of the triangle to another. Fixing your layout can change that and make your kitchen a better space in which to work.
Remember to avoid any changes that compromise your home’s architecture. The exterior is what buyers fall in love with first. If you put a contemporary kitchen in your traditional home, you are going to alienate buyers who want traditional architecture throughout.
In order to get the best return on your kitchen remodel, focus most of your budget on items that provide long-term value. You should also choose a contractor with the right credentials and experience for the job. Following these guidelines will ensure that you get the look that you want while increasing the resale value of your Woodhaven MI home.
Remake or remodel your bathroom and/or kitchen today with Kurtis Kitchen and Bath. Find us online at http://www.kurtiskitchen.com/, visit our showrooms in Clarkston, Livonia, Royal Oak, Woodhaven, and Utica MI, or call us at 1-888-Kurtis-1.