Kitchen remodels are increasingly popular projects. They can instantly add value to a home and will make it more desirable when you do eventually learn on how to find the right handyman. The National Association of Home Builders reports that a kitchen remodel adds more value to your home than any other project. For this reason, a kitchen remodel can be a good monetary move, as well as one that will make your house more functional.
- Cabinets and counters- These are arguably the biggest decision you have to make in your kitchen remodel. They will be the most expensive part and will dictate the overall look of your kitchen for years to come. Make sure to pick out cabinets that fit your budget without going too cheap. If you save a few dollars now, you will probably wish you had spent a bit more later. In the spirit of spending on these materials, make sure to choose countertops that are durable. You don’t have to go as far as marble if that is out of your budget, but remember that cheaper materials might mean having to pay to fix a countertop down the road after several years of basic use.
- Appliances- This is another area that can carry a hefty price tag. If you are happy with the look and the functionality of your current appliances you might want to keep them for a bit to get your money’s worth. If not, then do some comparison shopping. Pick out the appliances that meet your needs without going too far out of the box. If you have a three-bedroom house, you probably don’t need the largest capacity units available. Also, stainless steel looks clean–and is far easier to clean, but you can save a few bucks if you bypass it in favor of another finish. Mechanically the appliances from the same series are exactly the same; you are paying a premium for stainless steel plates to be bolted onto the front of the units.
- Flooring- Think durable, easy to clean, and neutral. Flooring should be able to stand up to the heavy traffic a kitchen endures. We suggest tile but do keep your personal tastes in mind, as they may differ from ours. (Obviously carpet is a horrible option here.) You also want something that can easily be wiped up and cleaned, so go for a darker color grout if you choose tile. When it comes to color, the floor needs to match the cabinets, but avoid going for a color that is too vibrant. Part of the value of a kitchen remodel is to appeal to future buyers, so don’t turn them off; you might love fuchsia but that doesn’t mean other people will.