New Kitchens before New Houses
When people shop for a new home, one of the most important rooms they look at is the kitchen. The kitchen is a room used daily, and shared by multiple family members for gatherings and meal time. A kitchen’s value has direct impact on the overall cost of the house. If you’re thinking of selling now, or even down the line, consider doing some small kitchen remodels.
Do you have a drawer that falls off its tracks? Are you missing a knob on your oven? Perhaps you should think about slowly fixing these small, yet vital things. Living in a house, you may grow accustomed to these problems in your day-to-day life. They don’t have a huge impact on your routine, and you get complacent. The people looking to buy your house will not have the same attitude. Negligence about small fixes may make potential buyers think the entire house has been neglected, even if the rest of your home is in perfect condition.
A little bit of time on the internet and a quick trip to your local hardware store and you can make several of the repairs by yourself. Spackle, paint, and a few screws can make a world of difference in both the look and functionality of your kitchen.
If you’ve lived in a house for more than two years, chances are your kitchen cabinets have taken some abuse. Small scratches here and there, maybe a chip or two in the wood, or even a missing handle – all can depreciate the value of your home. Maybe it’s time to redo the cabinets.
Hiring someone to resurface your kitchen cabinets can be very affordable. Small kitchen remodels such as this can add a lot of value to your home, and make it much more pleasant to live in.
Make it Feel Cozy
Don’t lose track of the fact that this is still your home. While you are aiming for it to be clean, you don’t want it to look sterile. A kitchen should be inviting. Little touches, such as personalized towels, stenciling, and unique dishes can convey a sense of comfort that might otherwise get lost in your presentation.
This is, after all, the place where you share breakfast with your spouse and kids. Where you sneak downstairs for midnight snacks. It’s where you go for milk and cookies or a nice glass of wine after a long day. This room ought to be functional and fashionable, but most importantly, comfortable. Take some time to look over your kitchen today and start the process of remodeling.
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