A kitchen remodel can completely change the look and functionality of one of the most important rooms in the house. But let’s face it: Between electrical, plumbing, appliances, new cabinets and countertops, and anything else you want to add to your kitchen, remodels usually aren’t cheap. But that doesn’t mean the project isn’t worthwhile in the long run. Here are a few things to remember as you design your new kitchen.
Are you planning to live in your house a long time? If so, it probably makes sense to go for your dream kitchen. It might cost a bit more than a basic remodel, but it makes sense when you compute your enjoyment and satisfaction for the duration of your time in the home. When you spread the difference over a decade or more, you’re just paying a bit more to fully appreciate your kitchen over the years.
You could also remodel your kitchen in stages if you plan to be in the home for a while. Just remember to do one major portion of the remodel at a time, such as all the cabinets and countertops, and then add updated appliances, and perhaps then do the floor. You don’t want to lose consistency in your design, or for styles and materials to change considerably while you’re remodeling. In this case it can make sense to choose more neutral colors that won’t seem outdated in a few years.
Are you planning to sell the home in the near future? It might still make sense to remodel the kitchen, especially if the current one is out of date with regard to style or function. You might not wish to go all out and install the most expensive design possible, but the kitchen should definitely be updated.
A new, modern kitchen can add significant value to your home and help it sell faster. On the other hand, a kitchen that seems “mismatched” with the rest of the house (or with houses in your price range) can seriously impede your ability to sell.
Yes, you can recoup most of your investment; an average $15,000 kitchen remodel can boost your home’s value by about 93 percent of that amount.
If you have more questions about your kitchen remodel, give us a call. We can help you make the selections that suit your timeline, personal preferences, and budget.