1. New Flooring
If you’ve ever seen a kitchen floor with excessive scuff marks, water damage or even vinyl sheet flooring that’s peeling up near the edges, you know how much of an eyesore it can be. A new flooring installation can truly make your entire kitchen look brand new.
As far as what type of material to use, there are dozens of different flooring options that are in style nowadays–everything from laminate to linoleum to exotic hardwoods–so you’ll need to take some time to determine what look you really want for your kitchen floor, as well as what your budget will allow. One of the most popular choices is laminate flooring (a.k.a. the “floating floor”), because they offer the same beautiful look of a hardwood floor, but with significantly less installation and maintenance costs.
2. New Cabinets
Cabinets are one of the primary focal points in the kitchen, and many times they can be a make-or-break issue for potential buyers. Due to the wide price range of new cabinetry (e.g., anywhere from $5,000 – $50,000), you will definitely need to take your time and thoroughly assess your options before committing to one particular upgrade choice. You can opt for solid wood construction, which is typically on the high end of expense scale, or you could keep a little more money in your pocket by choosing a composite wood cabinet set.
3. Replacing Countertops
Countertops are one of the most immediately noticeable things about a kitchen, and they can definitely create a “wow factor” when potential buyers first step into the room. Making the right countertop choice is all about choosing the right material, and some of the most popular countertop materials today are granite and various other types of manufactured stone.
The price range for granite countertops is anywhere in the neighborhood of $40 – $100 per square foot, but bear in mind that a higher priced material does not always equal greater durability, so be sure to do your research on the strength of each type of material before you buy. In addition, it’s a good idea to enlist the services of a contractor, because installing these types of heavy-duty materials usually requires the skill and expertise of a trained professional.
4. Lighting Installation
A well-thought-out lighting installation can dramatically alter the look and comfort level of a kitchen. Accents such as under-cabinet lights and pendant lighting have surged in popularity, because they can enhance the ambiance of your kitchen space while also adding extra illumination for important food prep tasks.
If new lighting and wiring costs are prohibitive, you can always make a few cosmetic adjustments by adding dimming controls or changing out fixtures. Due to the risk of electric shock or fire, it’s always best to stay on the safe side by hiring a licensed electrician to do your wiring work.
If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, contact one of our kitchen design coaches to help you make upgrades that will boost the resale value of your home!