Regardless of if you want to sell your home, or if you just want an upgrade to bring your home into this century, kitchen renovations are a great way to increase the value of your home. But renovations are expensive, right? Well, not always, all of these tips can be done on a budget or expanded into something higher-end if you want that style.
Add an Island
This isn’t really a budget option, but adding a kitchen island is one of the best ways to increase the value of your kitchen as it’s something many prospective buyers have on their wish list. The actual cost, and whether or not you can fit this into your budget depends on whether you need plumbing for a skink or dishwasher, or electrical added. The more you spend, the more functional it is and the more value it has.
A very affordable thing on this list that many people can do is to simply change up the cabinets themselves. Of course, if you replace the cabinet doors or the cabinets entirely it’s expensive (depending on the materials and finish), but just painting the cabinets and adding new hardware can be relatively inexpensive. But you do need some knowledge of paint, primers and the like.
Outdated, aged or badly functioning appliances are worth changing. Especially permanent appliances that are a part of your kitchen, such as the cooktop, rangehood and dishwasher. When you invest in high-quality appliances, they will become a major attraction to potential buyers. The best option is still stainless steel and despite smart homes becoming a thing, people still prefer buttons and knobs to AI-powered solutions as they cost less to repair.
If your countertops are outdated, changing them to something less trendy and more classic will be a great option. Always choose real materials such as marble if you really want to get a return on your investment, but not everyone can afford this, so you can always opt for something more attainable such as slate.
Add A Work Area
With more people working from home, and multi-use areas on the rise, you can consider adding an in-kitchen desk so you don’t set your laptop down on a wet countertop, and have a designated spot for work to happen. There are a few use cases for this, including children completing their homework while parents cook dinner, or you can work from home in a more open space, where snacks are much closer. Depending on the size and the materials, this can still be an affordable option, just remember, the more you invest, the better it will last and the better your return will be when it comes time to sell.
If you want more ideas about how to bring your old kitchen new value, you can head into your local kitchen showroom like the one offered by The Australian Kitchen Company in Victoria.