Tuesday, March 13th 2012
At a time when homebuyers are looking for houses that don't need numerous home improvements, many homeowners increase home value with relatively simple upgrades to their kitchens.
The kitchen is the heart of the home so be sure that your kitchen is living up to its potential. A great kitchen has to have more than just good looks; it needs to have a good 'feel' to it as well. Play to your kitchen's strengths and it can easily become one of the greatest selling points of your home.
Painting is a cheap and fairly easy solution to dramatically alter the look and feel of your kitchen. If your kitchen is large and laid out in such a way that promotes its use as a gathering space, then you should consider using a warm color scheme to create a feeling of sociability. Smaller kitchens might want to make use of lighter colors to make the room seem larger, and if your kitchen is a place where you go to find serenity then you might want to think about using blues or greens.
Adding tile to your walls has become a popular way to give color and creativity to different rooms in the house. There is a wide range of tiles to choose from and depending on the feel you are going for you may want to bring home a couple samples to try out. Hiring a professional handyman can make this process quick and painless for you and save you money in the long run.
Re-facing or replacing cabinets and drawers is a great way to give your kitchen a new look. If you don't want to replace them, a new paint or stain job can also do the trick. While you are at the hardware store looking for paint, snag some new handles or knobs for an inexpensive way to make your drawers and cabinets feel brand new!
Your countertops have been through a lot, so before you put your house on the market you might want to think about replacing countertops with something that fits the new look of your kitchen.