When potential buyers go to view a home the two rooms that they take the most notice of are the bathroom and kitchen. These two rooms are the ones that are the most used and also the most expensive to renovate, so seeing that the kitchen and bathroom are already updated and functional goes a long way when you are looking to sell your home.
Of course you don’t have to renovate just to sell, maybe it’s just time for a new kitchen for you and your family to enjoy. So what will it be? New cupboards, new countertops, new fixtures, new flooring? Will you go small or go all out moving everything around, knocking down walls and making a whole new space?
Doing a complete gut job on the old kitchen leaves you with a blank slate from which to work, but doing some little things can leave a big impact without blowing the budget completely out of the water. If your cabinets are in good shape but are just in a colour that was popular years ago, it may be as easy as sanding them down and staining them a more up to date colour. New hardware like drawer pulls and cabinet handles also bring that tired kitchen back into the modern realm.
New countertops will also refresh the look of your kitchen. Today there are even companies that cover the existing countertops so there is no removal of the old ones needed. Updated taps and new light fixtures also give a more modern look without spending too much money on your renovation.
What about those floors? If you have linoleum it may be a good time for a change. Tiles are a great option for a kitchen floor, and now there are even ceramic tiles that look just like hardwood so you can have that warm and cozy look that wood brings without the associated issues. Hardwood will warp and crack if it gets too wet and humidity is also a major hurdle, so it’s almost always recommended that you stop your hardwood floors in the living room and don’t continue them into a kitchen area. With wood look tiles this isn’t a problem. They come in a variety of colours and ‘woods’ so you can customize at will, all with the no-hassle cleaning and durability that comes with tile.
Kitchen renovations can be as small or as large as you wish, but they will all bring you a refreshed and updated look that will last for years.