If you are like most homeowners, you think your home is one of your most important assets. Along with that, taking care of your home is probably one of the most important things in your life. Keeping up with general repairs and improvements can ensure your home keeps its value over time. That is important if you ever want to sell your home and move on to somewhere else. One of the most important rooms in a home is the kitchen.
Home owners spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing meals, eating and hosting guests. To keep your homes value up, it is important to keep an appealing and well put together kitchen. Nobody wants to buy a house with a kitchen that has old appliances, ugly tile or any number of other problems.
The following five things will help you make sure your kitchen is up to par for yourself or any prospective buyers. Read them all over and decide which ones could help you out the most. Don’t hesitate to do more research on any that appeal to you.
Make it More Appealing
Increase kitchen value by sprucing up your kitchen. This can be done in many ways. Not all kitchen renovations need to be hard on the wallet. Merely putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls can really give your kitchen new life. If you have enough money, consider replacing old, worn out cabinets and flooring. If there are some cracked tiles on the walls or floor, try to find matching sets and replace the broken ones. Just replacing a few broken items can make your kitchen look much newer and restored. Another low budget option is to buy some low cost artwork and plants to place around the room.
Increase Appliance Efficiency
This suggestion does require a high budget, but it has the potential to really increase kitchen value. Old appliances result in a higher electrical or gas bill. Also, it is overall worse for the environment. Purchasing low environment impact appliances is kind to the earth and will entice buyers. Because the appliances are more high tech, they also have the likely-hood of lasting longer.
Make it Low Maintenance
Along the lines of buying environmentally friendly appliances, making sure they are new and well cared for will reduce costs down the line. If you can’t afford to purchase brand new appliances, consider getting them checked out to make sure all the parts are working as intended. Taking care of what you own will make it last longer and any buyers will appreciate that.
Make it Bigger
This will all depend on the size of your home and kitchen. Of course if you have a spacious kitchen, this is not important to you. It is possible to waste space by having a kitchen that is too big. However, if your kitchen is small, consider knocking out a wall if possible and spreading out. Perhaps you have an unused office or bedroom space off the kitchen. If your dining room and kitchen are separated by a wall, think about knocking out the wall, if it isn’t load bearing. Creating extra space in the kitchen will raise the value and enjoyment possible in the kitchen.
Install a Wine Cooler
Number one is install a wine cooler. If you are renovating your kitchen and are considering adding a wine cooler, definitely do so if it is within your budget. Most people when attempting to install a wine cooler will try to do so in a kitchen that is already laid out. It can be hard to find a good place for a wine cooler when every inch of space seems to be taken up by an oven, refrigerator, cabinets and so on. If you have some extra space, go ahead and install a cooler. Installing a wine cooler can seriously increase the value of your kitchen.
Even if you yourself are not a wine fan, but are working on selling your home, you should put a wine cooler in your kitchen. A wine cooler is considered a luxury appliance and hints at a “good life.” Generally, people have positive associations with wine. Prospective buyers who are fans of wine and enjoy hosting parties will be thrilled to find already built in storage.
Before choosing a wine cooler, it is important to consider which type would suit your kitchen the best. Some of them are designed only to store wine, while others can hold wine and other types of drinks. Purchasing one that can do both might be the best choice when redesigning your kitchen. On the other hand, choosing a cooler devoted entirely to wine might be the best choice for maximum value. Also, you should consider if you want a cooler that comes with different sections to store wines at different temperatures.
The size of the wine cooler matters as well. If you have a kitchen that is on the smaller side, you don’t want to buy a wine cooler that looks too large for your kitchen. By choosing one that fits the best with your kitchen size, it will make the biggest impact. Make sure the one you pick has a color scheme that goes well. You wouldn’t want the cooler to stick out like a sore thumb.
All of the suggestions listed are great ways to increase kitchen value. The wine cooler is number one because it doesn’t require complete renovation of your kitchen to install new, high tech, conveniences and has a lot of potential to raise value. However, don’t jump in head first without thinking everything through. Take the time to think about which solution is best. It will take research to do any of these things, but in the long run it is worth it. Read reviews of different wine coolers and their types to see which one you think suits you and your kitchen the best.