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Making Your Kitchen Remodel Into An Investment

Oct 9, 2007
A comfortable kitchen is a delight to use. You can be more productive in it, and feel proud of it. But it can also be an investment in your home.

A good kitchen remodel goes beyond an investment, of course. It may increase the overall value of your home, but it should also make you happier.

But there is a definite balance between what you love and how you use your kitchen, and what other people will love and how they would use that kitchen after you sell your home. This could be an issue in a short time or decades later. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, you need to take the long term into account.

Kitchens right now often get beautiful and highly functional appliances. High quality stoves and ovens can really make a difference in how you cook, and make a great selling point someday down the line if you do sell your home.

Similarly, granite or other rock countertops are popular because they are beautiful, functional and durable. You have a huge range of colors to choose from, so you can match your preferences easily.

You will want to think about the advantages of cabinets vs. drawers for the lower cabinets. Some people love how you can pull drawers out to look over everything in there. Nothing gets lost in the back. Other people prefer cabinets, with or without slide out shelves.

A good contractor can help you with all of this. While simple things such as repainted you can do on your own, more complex things really are best done by a contractor. I can tell you that from seeing the mess people can make trying to do things such as installing their own granite countertops. It's a tough job, and even with all the resources for do it yourselfers out there, not every job is something you should do for yourself if you want the best results.

The real beauty is how much of the value of the remodel you can recoup on selling the house. It's not uncommon to come close to recouping the entire cost. So not only can you get a beautiful, more functional kitchen that is a true pleasure to cook in, it's overall cost can be recovered should you need to sell.

Deciding how you remodel a kitchen should always be balanced between your needs and what will sell well. Your dream standout feature may be a risk that makes your home harder to sell later, or the perfect touch that adds tremendous value to your home.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.kitchenthoughts.com/ as a resource for people thinking about remodeling their kitchen. Get more kitchen remodeling ideas at her site.
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