If you’re considering a kitchen remodel before you sell your home, then you surely know the importance of kitchens for today’s sellers.
In fact, concentrating your remodeling dollars in your kitchen is almost always a smart financial move. Kitchens are the heart and soul of a home. They are a gathering place, a place to socialize, and a place to unwind after the stressors of the day.
With that said, there are a few things that buyers of today are looking for in remodeled kitchens:
Custom cabinetry – Although stock cabinets are much, much less expensive than custom cabinetry, you will definitely get the most bang for your buck with custom cabinetry. Think exotic woods, beautiful moldings and trims and attractive hardware for your cabinetry. Also consider larger, Euro-style cabinets, as they give the appearance of a much higher end kitchen.
Workspaces – Because the kitchens of today have become so multipurpose, remember to include a workspace in your kitchen. This space should include countertop space for a laptop or desktop and plenty of overhead storage and lighting.
High-end appliances – The one feature in your remodeled kitchen that should not be overlooked is the appliances. Appliances in today’s kitchens should be commercial grade, with all the bells and whistles. Think about convection ovens, double ovens, stovetops with at least six burners, a custom range hood and, and a pot filler above the range. Other appliances that are appreciated in remodeled kitchens are drawer warmers and wine coolers.
Natural stone countertops – There are a number of beautiful, natural stone countertops that are commonly seen in today’s homes, including granite, marble and quartz. Avoid laminates, as you will generally not see a return on that investment.
Flooring – If you have given all areas of your remodeled kitchen your complete attention, then it’s not time to stop with the flooring. Many new kitchens features exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian Cherry, while others boast natural stone flooring, such as slate and marble. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the flooring, or you’ll instantly decrease the value of your kitchen.
Faucets and Lighting – The details make all the difference, and that includes faucets and lighting. There is a great variety of faucets and lighting options to consider when remodeling your kitchen, and they don’t have to cost you a small fortune. Look for modern fixtures that will appeal to a wide variety of buyers, and choose faucets with features such as built-in sprayers and touch controls.