When trying to sell your home, and fast, there are many factors to consider; and one of the main questions along that way is: what can I do to help with the process without breaking the bank? A few small home improvements can go a long way. Yet there seems to be an endless supply of information on home improvement tips on the internet, from helpful friends, and hardware store tv ads. In fact, there’s such an overabundance, it’s hard to know where to start. A key move is to focus on one room: the kitchen. Typically the focal point in many homes and can leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. Here are some helpful tips on how you can remodel your kitchen whether you’re making a few small changes, or large ones.
1) Update your hardware. Cabinet hardware such as handles, knobs, and hinges is a great and inexpensive place to start. An average kitchen has approximately 40 knobs and handles, and one can expect to pay $2 to $20 per piece depending on quality and purchase location. So as a start to your kitchen upgrading, expect to pay from $80-$800. If you want to really make your kitchen stand apart, online art sites such as Etsy.com has hundreds of artisans from around the world with custom, one-of-a-kind knobs and handles.
2) Replace your faucet. This is not only a great way to add a modern touch to your kitchen, but chance to go green as well. Stainless steel sinks are at least 50% recycled steel, and you can get an aerator installed that cuts water usage. There are so many variations on faucets, from height, spouts, pullout hoses, drinking taps, touch activation, soap dispensers, and folding necks that the sky is nearly the limit! And with low end models starting at $12.37 online, and going up to over a grand, there’s certain to be one to fit your budget.
3) Countertops are another great way to spruce up your kitchen. Granite countertops are becoming more and more sought after, but the budget to attain them could set you back more than 5 grand. On the other hand, laminate is a great substitute that beautifully mimics granite while saving you money.
4) Storage and organization space is key and an inexpensive addition. Over-the-door hooks, drawer organizers, pantry baskets, wall hooks for pots and pans and stackable shelves are all simple ways to improve the feel of your kitchen, but if overdone can cause teh room to feel cluttered. Most of these cost less than $100 as well!
5) Lighting, such as an LED under cabinet light is a simple way to add a dramatic effect that won’t quickly be forgotten. Replacing ordinary fluorescents with energy saving CFL bulbs is another great way to add a touch of “Green” to your renovations, save money in the process, and keep your kitchen welcoming and memorable.
Whether your budget allows for one of these upgrades, or all of them, remember that the kitchen is key!