Ask any realtor, and they will tell you the best place to invest in your home is the kitchen. This space is what a vast majority of prospective buyers value most. However, remodeling a kitchen—which can include new counters, cabinets, floors, and more—can get pricey. In this article, we will review a few ways you can cut down on your costs and get more out of your project.
Choose the Right Countertops For Your Kitchen
According to data from HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner can expect to spend 10% of their remodeling budget on new countertop surfaces. Depending on the square footage involved, that percentage might even be higher. The point is that choosing the right counters for your kitchen matters. In other words, you need to look beyond just granite.
For homeowners on a budget, we recommend quartz countertops. Quartz has increased in popularity over the past few years because of both its clean, modern aesthetics and a lower price tag in contrast to granite slabs.
Also, if you are remodeling your kitchen strictly with an eye to sell or increase your home’s value, you will want to avoid exotic looks and stick with decidedly more mainstream options. In the world of quartz, that might be a clean white, off-white, or light gray countertop. When in doubt, talk to a local countertop installer like NSMotif, and we can point you to some of the most popular options.
Find Places to Save On Your Kitchen Remodeling And Design
Beyond counters, there are many places you can cut costs without sacrificing quality. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
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Home renovation TV shows have popularized the “open floor plan,” leading plenty of homeowners to grab the sledgehammer with the intent of knocking out an interior wall or two. However, demo and reconstruction might cost more, and it may not necessarily be the end-all, be-all of your kitchen remodel. It is possible to get the ROI you’re looking for without taking out your anger on a wall (although it is far less fun!).
Consider the small things
Small, relatively inexpensive upgrades can make a big difference in the value of your future kitchen. On average, 5% of the remodeling budget is spent on lighting, but the right fixtures and light can transform a kitchen. High-quality pulls and handles for your cabinets and drawers can complement new cabinets perfectly without too big of an initial investment. Don’t forget to re-paint your walls, too!
How to Get More Out of Your Kitchen Remodel
There are a ton of ways you can save on your kitchen and bath remodel, lowering the upfront out-of-pocket cost and boosting your return when you eventually go to sell your home. To see even more great tips about buying appliances, installing flooring, and hunting for bargains, be sure to check out this helpful infographic from our friends at Superior Stone & Cabinet.