Did you know that the one of the first things homebuyers look at when house hunting is the kitchen? It stands to reason. So much of family life goes on in the kitchen: cooking, eating, talking, visiting with friends, homework, family pow-wows—the kitchen is literally the nerve center for most families. Overall, a smart kitchen renovation can get you anywhere from 66 to 87 percent return on investment when it’s time to sell—and it makes this important space in your home more pleasing and functional, so everyone will enjoy spending time there. That is why kitchen remodeling is one of the best home improvement projects, whether you are thinking of selling your home, or planning to stay put.
Of course, before embarking on a kitchen project, it’s important to ask yourself some questions and get advice from our CBS Home Improvement kitchen remodeling experts. An important first question to ask yourself is…
How well is your kitchen working for you currently?
Are there inconvenient spots that hassle you? Chances are if there are spots in your kitchen that do not work for you, they will not work well for anyone else who is evaluating whether or not they want to buy your home. Assess the space and how well it is being used currently. Decide if there are “quick fixes” that you can employ inexpensively, or if fixing those areas will take more intensive kitchen remodeling work. This is a particularly important question if you have a small kitchen because you want to make the best use of the space that you have. A kitchen doesn’t need to be huge to be fantastic!
Are there any safety issues?
The best way to find out—if you aren’t already aware of any old or poorly-placed appliances or outdated and unsafe outlets (they should all be GFCI outlets in the kitchen)—is to have one of our kitchen remodeling pros come in and evaluate your space. They can point out possible problems and give you ideas of where to start on your kitchen renovation to maximize the safety of your entire space. If you are planning a fairly extensive renovation, you will need help from our professionals to make sure the job is done right, and safely.
How dated does your kitchen look?
A well-designed kitchen will tug at the heartstrings of homebuyers, which is why kitchen remodeling is one of the best home improvement projects you can undertake. There are so many great new alternatives for smart, efficient, gorgeous kitchen design; and we have so many great ideas that we can help you on the way to making your kitchen a joy to spend time in!
- We can make smaller kitchens look bigger with simple mirror backsplashes.
- We can refinish the cabinets to give them a newer, fresher appearance.
- We can add cabinets up to the ceiling to save workspace down below.
- We can update the light fixtures and countertops.
- We can replace old appliances with newer, more energy efficient ones.
How deep do you want to go?
If you were salivating at any of the above suggestions, great! But you need to ask yourself how extensive your kitchen remodeling project really needs to be to get the most benefit and ROI from it. If there are some deep concerns (safety, inconvenience, obsolescence of appliances or sturdiness of the cabinetry), then you probably need to go deeper. And it would make sense to make major remodels in any of those situations. If the kitchen is sturdy and works pretty well but just looks “blah” or so 1970’s, then a less expensive facelift may just do the trick.Now that you know why kitchen remodeling is one of the best home improvement projects, it’s time to get going! Our CBS Home Improvements kitchen remodeling experts have been turning drab, hard-to-use kitchens into spaces of delight and functionality for two decades.
Take a look at our kitchen design ideas gallery and call us at (703) 670-3200! We look forward to working with you!
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