Remodeling the kitchen is a great way to increase the value of your home. However, not all upgrades are created equal when generating a higher back-end property value.
If your kitchen remodeling goal is both a nice kitchen and a higher home sale price in the future, then here are some tips to follow when planning for it:
Tip: Include Minor Trendy Upgrades
Today's trendy kitchen upgrades will look dated in a few years. For this reason, it makes sense to include minor trendy aspects in your kitchen remodel, but don't go overboard.
For example, even if you love the look of trendy open shelving, don't tear out all of the upper cabinets and install shelves. When cabinets are back on trend, the kitchen will look dated in a few years. This could significantly affect its sale price down the road.
However, if you remove one upper cabinet and install some floating shelves, your kitchen will look up to date now and for years because the shelves are reduced to a minor aspect of the room.
Tip: Consider Accessibility When Designing a New Kitchen
One of the things you may not have considered is adding accessibility to your newly designed kitchen space. For example, lowering a countertop section makes it easier for people using a wheelchair or small children to utilize it. Or, instead of placing the microwave above the range, consider a lower location where everyone can safely reach it.
Not only does making accessibility changes to your kitchen make it easier for those living with a disability or children to use the space, but it's also great for resale value because not many homes are adapted for those with special needs. Homes that have been adapted fetch a premium price and often have bidding wars.
Tip: Maximize the Plumbing and Electrical Work to Spur Future Sales
Since you will inevitably need to hire an electrician and a plumber to work on your kitchen remodel, make the most of their visits to your job site.
For example, since you are already having plumbing rerouted, ask the plumber to install a pot filler over the range. Although this will come with a bit of added cost, it will be noticed by future buyers when they tour your house.
While the electrician is on-site adding new outlets and installing light fixtures, consider having them add kickplate lighting, under-cabinet lights, or a charging station drawer.
While none of these upgrades are costly, each has the potential to be that one thing that will stick in future buyers' minds and perhaps sell your house over someone else's.
Contact a kitchen remodeling contractor to learn more.