Remodeling Your Kitchen: What You Need to Know

By Kristi Fox Satsky in Blogs.

If you’re like most people, your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you go at the end of each day, where you entertain, where you celebrate those important milestones in life. It is that place where you should feel comfortable enough to sit in your pajamas until noon eating cereal and watching reality television (yes, we all do this from time to time)!

Think about your favorite room in your home. If it’s your bedroom, perhaps you’ve picked out the perfect color. You probably waited to find the best deal on furniture, purchased soft bedding and complimentary pillows and accessories. Maybe you even found the perfect wall hanging to put above your headboard. I bet you spent months daydreaming and planning, making sure you found exactly what you wanted all while watching your pocketbook at the same time!

So, why wouldn’t you make the same careful choices when it comes to your kitchen?  Did you know that the kitchen is what most buyers get excited about? So putting work into the kitchen now will likely turn you into a happy seller one day!

When it comes to a remodel, the choices are overwhelming. Picking a contractor and setting a budget are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some tips to make your remodel cost-effective and easy!

Think about what your dream kitchen would look like. Make a list of everything you want, from flooring to cabinets to even the minimal details like hardware. Take a trip to your local design center and spend time looking through books and catalogs, making note of the things you like and the things you don’t.

Set a budget. If you’re only looking for minimal upgrades, leave your basic kitchen footprint intact and opt for a cosmetic face lift instead! Think about a budget-friendly DIY makeover with new paint, counter tops, shiny fixtures and budget-friendly appliances. On average, the cost will stay within the $5,000-$15,000 range.

If you’re looking for more than just a face lift, think about going for a mid-sized renovation. The cost can add up to as much as $35,000, but the effects and return on your investment can be huge! Think about upgrading your cabinets and installing new flooring. Consider going higher-end with appliances and counter tops.

Choosing to do a major remodel can be expensive, but completely worthwhile. With costs ranging from $35,000 to $75,000, you might find that it’s best to hire a professional. Minor improvements can easily be done yourself without much cost or risk, but tearing down walls or moving appliances can be unsafe and sometimes uncover problems only a contractor can fix. But with a clean slate, you can now choose everything from new cabinets to a gorgeous tile back splash or appliances with special features.

No matter what your budget, updating your kitchen can add so much to your home!

Even if you don’t plan to sell your home anytime soon, thinking like a seller when making changes can help you make  good choices that will allow you to enjoy your new space AND increase it’s value and saleability. If you need help or advice, let me know!  When it’s time to pick out upgrades and colors, not only do I know professional contractors and great places to shop, but I love being a part of the process! I can help you determine where to spend your money and where to be frugal, all in order to get maximum value out of your remodel  Give me a call! I look forward to helping you!

Houzz “How Much Does a Kitchen Makeover Cost?”
Houzz Kitchen Trends Study October 2013