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Increasing the Value of Your Home With Kitchen Remodeling

Jun 12, 2008
A properly planned and executed kitchen remodeling project can add value to your home. If you're like most people, your kitchen probably gets a lot of use, even if you don't do a lot of cooking. Kitchens are used today not only as places to prepare meals, but places to gather with friends and family. Home buyers are looking for features in the kitchen that will make it a place to gather and chat with friends. These are the features that you'll want to focus on when you remodel your kitchen with an eye towards the marketability of your home in the future.

One thing that has impacted kitchen designs is people working from home. It isn't uncommon for more than one person to be working in the kitchen, preparing meals for the family. When it comes to kitchen design, this means that work areas and traffic flow have become important issues to address. With two, or maybe three people working in the kitchen at once, it's important that there is enough counter and table space, and that the people working can get from one part of the kitchen to another without disrupting the others. You may also want to consider adding a second sink for food prepration when you plan your kitchen design.You're making a wise move, remodeling your kitchen.

Another issue you need to consider when designing your new kitchen is kitchen storage. Some older kitchens do not have enough storage space for all of your pots and pans, utensils, and food. If you look at older kitchens, you'll notice that those that have not been remodeled recently have a shortage of storage space. Because of this, adding storage space is a good idea for a remodeling project. A pot rack, attached to the wall or ceiling can provide storage space for pots, pans, and utensils. If there is space, a new cabinet will add more storage, or maybe there is room in the corner for a pantry unit or some shelves. Adding additional storage space can help to instantly raise the value of your home.

Updating your appliances is also a good idea when remodeling. This can increase your home's value. Homebuyers, when looking for a new house, often look at the reliability of the appliances. They're going to be paying a lot for a mortgage, and they will want appliances that will last for many years, rather than having to pay a lot of money to replace old, broken down appliances as soon as they move in. New appliances can be a huge attraction to home buyers. So, if you can afford it when you remodel your kitchen, replacing the appliances is a good idea.

Other smaller remodeling projects can add value as well, and won't cost a lot. Look at updating cabinet hardware, changing the old grimy cabinet pulls for new ones is a quick and simple project. Paint, new flooring, new fixtures... these are just some easy and simple ways to update your kitchen, and add more value to your home. Even if you don't plan on selling your home in the near future, these projects will give new life to an old kitchen. Who knows? With a new kitchen, maybe you won't want to sell.
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