When you are considering doing a remodel in your home, whether you want to create your dream kitchen space or prepare if to sell later down the road, it helps to know exactly how that remodel will pay off in the long run. Kitchen remodels are popular and offer a lot of benefits. Some of those benefits are very easily seen; others, not so much. Some of these may surprise you.
Increase home value.
Even small remodels in your kitchen like adding an updated backsplash or elegant granter countertops can do a lot to increase your home’s value. Stone floors and countertops are great value boosters, as are all wood cabinets. Wood floors are very good for increasing the value as well. For the most part, traditional sells. A full remodel can do wonders if you want to put your home on the market, but updating the tiny details can be just as effective.
Prepare for bigger repair projects.
When you have some major repair projects around your home, taking care of minor issues while doing a kitchen remodel can make those larger projects go much smoother. You have the chance to replace windows, replace pipes, install vents, and repair the ceiling or walls. It allows you to break the larger project into smaller chunks and tackle it a bit at a time. It can also pave the way for the larger projects by making smaller repairs that will support the larger ones.
When you do a green kitchen remodel it will save you money over time. Eco-friendly kitchen improvements such as slow flow kitchen fixtures and energy efficient skylights and windows will cut down on your utility bill, thus saving your money. A green kitchen (along with other rooms) also make exceptional selling points. These measures have been proven to help reduce energy costs which is something you can enjoy and prospective home buyers will also gravitate to when they see your home has them.
Boost energy efficiency.
Energy efficient appliances are good for the environment – and for your wallet. Updating your kitchen with the latest EnergyStar rated appliances including stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher will make your home more attractive on the market but you will also enjoy the benefits of making these wise, energy efficient, cost effective decisions. You can also boost energy efficiency by installing insulated windows and ensuring that doors seal well.
One of the biggest energy wastes in a home is warm or cool air escaping through a door that isn’t well sealed or a window that is not insulated or has cracks around the sill. This causes the heating and cooling system to have to work harder to keep the room at a comfortable temperature, thus driving up utility costs. When you install energy efficient appliances, windows, and doors you will keep your kitchen more comfortable, make it more appealing to prospective buyers, and save yourself some change in the process.
Your own personal enjoyment.
You don’t have to consider putting your home on the market to justify a kitchen remodel. Even if you are planning to retire there and pass your home to your kids, just having a kitchen you enjoy is worth the renovation effort. This is also probably the best benefit of doing a kitchen remodel – to create a kitchen that you love.
Whether you are the cook in your family or it’s someone else, you can enjoy plenty of counter space, an updated oven and stove, and maybe lots cabinets. Add a breakfast nook so you can sit in the morning with a cup of coffee and the morning paper, watching the sun rise or the birds visit your birdfeeder. This is your space, make it personal. You deserve it. The pay off? It makes you happy.
A kitchen remodel can pay off in the long run, but how it pays off really depends on you. Before you begin, get a clear picture of what you want to get for your efforts. What is the end result that you expect? Why are you remodeling? Once you have a goal in mind you are ready to take action.