Kitchen remodels are one of the most popular home renovations, but they can also be one of the most daunting. These projects range from a few small tweaks all the way to gutting the kitchen and starting from scratch. Ideally, they add appeal, functionality, and value to your home. The first two are a matter of opinion, but ‘value’ carries real world numbers with it. So how much return can you expect from your kitchen remodel?
According to HGTV, you can expect to recoup 60-120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel. Remodeling your kitchen can also help sell your house for a higher amount and move it off the market faster.
One popular upgrade is to add stainless steel. This is very on-trend for buyers, creating a modern vibe with easy-to-clean surfaces. It also adds a certain ‘wow’ factor that can make a kitchen appealing even if no other changes are made.
Another great way to add value to your kitchen is through a rolling island. This allows you to easily shift the layout, add dining space for unexpected guests, and move the workspace wherever it’s needed.
For a more minor remodel, consider replacing the doors and hardware on your cabinets. New doors can give a dated or worn kitchen a whole new look. Meanwhile, new hardware lets you experiment with fun trends without a big investment. This is a great place to try the stainless steel look, for instance.
Another option is to replace or resurface your countertops. Butcher’s block can be sanded down and refinished. Marble can be re-stained and sealed. If your budget allows, you can even completely replace the counters with luxurious new stone.
Finally, don’t forget about lighting. A brightly lit space, or one infused with a soft glow, will look a lot more inviting to potential buyers. This might be as simple as swapping out bulbs. On the other hand, you may be looking at a bigger project if you need to run new electrical lines.