When buyers view homes for sale, they often focus much of their attention on the kitchen of each home they view. In part, this is because the home kitchen is typically used multiple times per day by every occupant in the home. But there is another good reason for buyers to examine and compare the kitchen of each home they consider - they want to avoid having to incur the cost of having to renovate as new homeowners. Unlike the renovations of living rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms, making major changes in the kitchen often involves expensive plumbing, electrical, and basic layout changes that can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. If you are selling your home and know that you need to update the kitchen on a limited budget, start by incorporating some of these frugal tips into your plan.
Create more counter space and functionality with a rolling island
If your home's current kitchen is lacking in usable counter space, adding a rolling island can be much more thrifty than replacing the current cabinetry with a more spacious design. A carefully designed and constructed rolling island can feature shelves or drawers that will add more welcome storage as well as a custom work surface top, such as marble or butcher block, that will enhance the functionality and appearance of the entire room.
Create the appearance of a more spacious kitchen by replacing some cabinets with shelving
Kitchen spaces that lack a pleasant, open feel because of too many upper cabinets can often feel much more open and airy when you replace some or all of them with attractive, open shelving. In addition to retaining usable storage space, open shelving will appeal to home buyers who enjoy cooking and love to display their most attractive dishes, glassware, or pottery.
Create a fresh look with two-toned cabinetry and new flooring
If your kitchen is designed with a reasonably good floor plan but still feels boring, consider adding some excitement by painting the top cabinets a lighter shade and using a darker contrasting color on the bottom cabinets. When coupled with upgraded flooring, such as a laminate or faux hardwood product, the effect will be refreshing and attractive to buyers while still keeping renovation costs very low.
To learn more about remodeling your kitchen on a budget, you should discuss your situation with a kitchen remodeling contractor in your area. These professionals will be able to help you choose materials and finishes that will add real value to your kitchen while remaining within the boundaries of the budget you set.
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