Kitchen Renovations 101


It’s no secret that kitchen renovations are one of the best renovations you can do to get a return on investment when you go to sell your home. We all spend so much time in the kitchen – it’s where all of the family hangs out, eats, and cooks.

Potential homebuyers love walking into a nice kitchen, and it’s no wonder that the kitchen can often be make or break for getting more value for your home. Luckily, renovating your kitchen can be done on a pretty easy sliding scale of inexpensive, quick, and easy, to substantial and transforming.

Here’s a few things to know if you’re considering renovating your kitchen:

Which renovations add the most value?

The great thing about kitchen renovations is there are a lot of simple things that can add a whole lot of value to your kitchen. It’s important to look at your budget and really be strategic about what changes you want to make if you’re not looking to do a full remodel.

Potential home buyers want to see an updated kitchen that is bright, has lots of storage and counter space, and is easy to move around in. They want to feel like they won’t have to come in and do a ton of work on one of the most important rooms in the house.

A few things to consider:

Paint & Backsplash: A simple coat of paint goes a long way, and installing a new backsplash can really transform the kitchen.

Cupboards and counters: A more substantial upgrade if you’re looking to full replace, but updated cupboards and countertops can go a long way with increasing value and transforming the kitchen.

Updated appliances: This one is a quick and easy one. Potential home buyers love new appliances, and don’t like the thought of having to rip out and reinstall old ones.

Dining spaces: If you can expand the kitchen, add in an island and bar seating, or fix up the dining room with bench seating or any other cool features, definitely do that if you have budget.

New flooring: Another project that can be expensive or inexpensive (depending on work needed and size), but really add a pop to the space.

Things to skip:

Trendy features: Keep things simple. You won’t get a ton of value on that super cool chandelier, light fixtures, and unique finishing touches. It’s best to keep things as general as possible so new home buyers can imagine making the space their own.

Things to DIY

If you’re looking to get more value of your home, with a small investment or budget, luckily there are a ton of easy changes you can DIY.

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into the room, and backsplashes can be installed on your own and also be quite inexpensive. For cabinets, you may be able to refinish these yourself depending on the material to give them a facelift.

If you’re looking to swap out appliances, you might even be able to get a deal. Check out buy and sell websites and see what’s out there – you might be able to benefit off of someone else’s renovations!

Small touches, like updating a few things here and there to give the space new life is something many people can do their self.

When to hire a contractor

A contractor definitely comes in handy for major renovations or remodeling. If you’re looking to do a full cabinet install, flooring, maybe even change around some of the floor layout and move appliances, you might want to consider bringing in the experts. With electricity and plumbing needing to be re-routed, you likely want to make sure the job gets done right. 

If your kitchen is really outdated, or awkwardly laid out, a contractor can come in and help you figure out how to get it to where it needs to be in order to increase the value of your home.

If you’re looking at busting down walls, then definitely call in the pros!