Where do we spend the most time with family and friends in our homes? Most likely in the kitchen. Whether cooking, eating a meal, doing homework or socializing, this is where we congregate the most. This is also the first place many prospective buyers look when visiting a home for sale. I have seen many a kitchen make or break a buyer’s interest in a home.
So what can you do to spruce up your kitchen not only for your own enjoyment but to also increase its market value? According to the Cost vs. Value report a minor kitchen renovation is the way to go. Change out the laminate countertops, reface the cabinets with raised panel wood doors and drawers and upgrade the appliances and you will likely recoup 79.7% of your costs when you sell your home. To save costs, get your appliances at a factory outlet store where you will pay significantly less than in the big box stores. Further, you can do some of the renovation yourself such as replacing the backsplash, the cabinets, etc. There are plenty of online sources that give tutorials for completing DIY projects.
One of the best benefits of updating your home is that it will increase the enjoyment of being at home and hosting friends and relatives. Coming home will be a place of relaxation rather than stress. Further, when you do want or need to move, your home will already be in the condition that will get you top dollar in the real estate market!