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Home renovations can be a hassle but are worth the money and time you spend if they increase home value. When real estate agents show a home, it is often the kitchens of homes that make or break a deal. After all, kitchens are very important rooms because it’s where you cook, entertain guests, and often eat with your family. Usually home buyers don’t want to buy a house that needs kitchen remodeling because they want a place that’s ready for them when they move in. There are exceptions though – some people see ugly kitchens as an opportunity to make some money. If the kitchen looks like it already has some potential, you can do the kitchen remodeling yourself to increase your home value when you sell it. Really, it’s better for the seller if they do the necessary home improvement projects themselves before they sell their house so that they can increase their home value and get a better price for their home. Home renovations are expensive, especially if you have to hire labourers to do the work for you. But if most of the rest of your house is in good nick, it’s worth updating your kitchen before you sell. If your kitchen’s already fairly up to date, you might consider doing some minor home renovations to make it look like new.
For instance, you could repaint your kitchen, redo the caulking on your countertops, or sand and refinish your cabinets. If your kitchen cabinets have an ugly wood veneer from the seventies, paint over the whole lot for a cleaner look. And finally, don’t forget to clean your kitchen before you show your house to potential buyers. It’s amazing how many people are willing to spend a fortune on kitchen remodeling and home improvement projects to increase their home value but don’t bother to clean up before a showing. Potential buyers don’t like to see clutter in your kitchen because it makes it look as if you’re short of storage space. If you are short of storage space and your kitchen design allows it, you may want to install some extra cabinets or an island in your kitchen with drawers and a countertop for extra work space. Kitchen remodeling websites can provide endless ideas for you to draw from. If you intend to do major home renovations in your kitchen, you might replace your countertops and kitchen cabinets altogether for an entirely different kitchen design. Kitchen remodeling takes a lot of time and patience.
The first thing to do is have a kitchen design in mind. Look around your kitchen and decide which appliances, fixtures, and furniture will work with your kitchen design and which pieces you no longer need. Personally, I don’t believe in replacing appliances until they stop working altogether. I’ve had the same dishwasher in my kitchen for almost 10 years and it still serves me well. It has lasted me through a number of moves and home renovations and is still going strong. Because dishwashers are made in standard sizes to fit under kitchen countertops, you can fit you old washer into any new place you move to. When it comes to home renovations, installing your dishwasher will likely be the least of your problems. If you’re refinishing a basement or completely changing your current kitchen design, you’ll have to think about new countertops and kitchen cabinets.
Countertops are expensive and usually aren’t easy do-it-yourself home improvement projects. You need a lot of different tools that most people don’t have on hand such as heavy duty circular saws for cutting the countertops to size as well as special adhesives and jig saws. Cabinets can be equally difficult and even more time consuming to build yourself. For this reason, most people keep their old cabinets or buy ready-made new cabinets when doing kitchen remodeling. If you already have well-made cabinets in your kitchen, think about refinishing them by staining or painting them. There’s a lot more to home renovations if you’re starting from scratch rather than simply remodeling your kitchen. For instance, if your home improvement project involves building a new kitchen in your basement so that you can rent it, you’ll have to do everything from kitchen flooring to plumbing, installing sinks, kitchen cabinets, kitchen counters, as well as appliances. If your budget for kitchen renovations is tight, consider buying stand alone furniture such as drawers with countertops that don’t need to be fixed to your walls. You can also buy cabinets and shelves that can be attached to your wall with a few brackets without doing too much damage. These kitchen cabinets are easy to remove if you decide to change your kitchen design or use the space for something else altogether.
This kind of home improvement project will greatly increase your home value if makes a part of your house rentable as a separate apartment. If your kitchen design involves installing new cabinets, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make regarding style quality, and finishes. Kitchen cabinets are more complicated than you might think. There are many different types of kitchen cabinets including ready-made stock cabinets as well as cabinets that need some assembly. Kitchen cabinets can be bought in store in a number of different sizes or your can order custom-made cabinets to your specifications. You’ll also have to choose a cabinet style as well as finishes for your cabinets including stain colour and the types of hinges and sliders you want for your kitchen cabinets. Similarly, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make regarding kitchen countertops. You’ll have to choose the colour, texture, finish of your kitchen countertop. Kitchen countertops come in a number of different kinds of cut stone including marble and granite. An inexpensive alternative to stone countertops are faux finish countertops made to look like stone countertops. Because kitchen countertops are one of the boldest features of your kitchen, it’s important to choose kitchen countertops that will increase your home value.
Kitchen countertops need to look good and also be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. If you buy granite countertops you don’t have to worry about scratching or melting them. Granite countertops are very hard and resistant to staining and scratching. You can chop directly on your countertop without damaging it, though you might damage your kitchen knives. As with all home improvement projects and home renovations, the key to success with kitchen remodeling is making a detailed kitchen design before you buy anything. There are very useful home renovation websites that allow you to create a model of your kitchen with all the colours, countertops, appliances and kitchen cabinets in place so that you can see beforehand whether your kitchen design is any good. These sites are usually associated with home improvement stores that allow you to incorporate their brands and products into your kitchen model. The last thing I always do when making a kitchen design for kitchen remodeling is choosing a paint colour for the kitchen. You’ll often find that you can bring together all the different elements in your kitchen, such as kitchen cabinets and kitchen countertops, if you just choose the right paint colour. Because it can be difficult to visualize what a paint colour will look like on your walls, the online kitchen model is a great tool that helps you to decide which colours will look best in your newly remodeled kitchen. Also remember to there are a lot of home improvement stores that offer the kitchen remodeling supplies that you need, so be sure to look around and compare prices and quality of different brands and products from different stores. Take measurements of your entire kitchen and try to shop around. When you see something you like, make a note of it, including the price and the brand and measurements. Better yet, take a photo of it.
This will be very helpful when comparing prices, estimating costs, and bringing together the various elements of your kitchen. If you’re buying a new home and intend to do the kitchen remodeling yourself, call up your friends and family for help. You might find that your friends have experience with home renovations that you’re doing. It’s a great help to talk to someone who’s already attempted the home improvement project so that you can get tips about what you need, where to get it ate a good price, and how to approach your home improvement project. If you have any friends who are contractors, or have experience installing kitchen cabinets or kitchen countertops, ask them if they’d be interested in giving you a special rate for their labour. Of course, when your kitchen remodeling and home renovations are complete you’ll have to throw a party for them in your kitchen. When your home renovations and kitchen remodeling is complete, you can sit back and watch your home value increase. Hopefully the increase in your home value will far surpass the cost of your new kitchen cabinets and granite countertops.