Adding value to your home is important if you want to sell. A kitchen facelift is an easy way to add value to your home, and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do it. Small changes can make the biggest difference, and adding style to your home never hurts. Here are some low-cost facelifts for your kitchen that will add value to your home.
Consider refinishing cabinets instead of replacing them
The condition of your cabinets can really make or break the room. Attractive looking kitchen cabinets go a long way in making your kitchen more appealing to guests and potential buyers. Cabinets are also a functional part of the interior design, and they are an important feature for many buyers and owners. The 2013 Cost vs. Value Report considers replacing cabinetry as part of an important, but minor kitchen remodel that can easily increase your home’s value.
However, to save some additional money and still get the same effect, you may want to consider refinishing your cabinets instead. Richly colored oak cabinets or minimalist finishes are both popular choices this year and cabinet refinishing is a relatively affordable way to spruce up the look of the entire kitchen without breaking the bank.
Upgrade your countertops
Like the cabinetry, kitchen countertops can make a huge difference in your kitchen’s appearance and overall ambiance. In addition, many potential buyers look for quality in their countertops and having authentic marble, granite or even wood can add quite a bit to the sale value of your home. However, replacing the counters with ceramic tile or laminate counters isn’t as costly as you might think, but it can still add actual as well as perceived value to your home.
Invest in Energy Star options
Energy-friendly appliances not only increase the value of your home but the can also dramatically lower your monthly electric bills, who doesn’t like the sound of that? Outdated appliances drain and waste energy, driving up the cost of energy in your home. Having energy-star certified appliances will not only cut back on electricity costs, but they look and perform better as well. In addition, Energy Star appliances still qualify you for a federal tax credit if purchased before December 31st 2013, and trust me; you will enjoy them so much better than their outdated counterparts.
Don’t forget to enhance the lighting
LED lighting is the newest trend in energy-conscious lighting, and it can dramatically augment the appearance and feel of your kitchen. LED lights last years, and they use so little power that CFL bulbs can’t compare. Sleek and modern, decorative light fixtures can easily be incorporated into your kitchen facelift and you’ll be able to see your kitchen in a whole new light.
Why not add a vibrant backsplash?
An updated and vibrant backsplash can make a kitchen feel more alive. This remodel is not costly, but it’s also a little tricky. You need to choose a style that is universally pleasing, and one that won’t become outdated too quickly. Mosaics are always nice to look at, and they can be universally flattering in all kinds of kitchens.
Modernize your old hardware and fixtures
The little details make a big difference. Hardware and fixtures can update a dated room, and they make it feel a little more special. Drawer knobs with flair look fantastic, and they make the kitchen unique. These investments are affordable, and they instantly improve the look of the room.