If you are planning to sell your home in the future, take a close look at your kitchen. As “central command” for a home, the kitchen is one area that needs to be well-kept and attractive to impress buyers. Consider the following ideas for kitchen improvements that could give your home’s value a boost.

Over time, kitchen flooring often suffers a lot of wear and tear. Replacing floors is a good option to add a fresh look and offers a fantastic variety of available selections to choose from including stone, tile, wood, vinyl, porcelain, marble and even concrete. If you prefer to repair existing floors and already have hardwood floors, those can be easily made to look new and beautiful by sanding and refinishing! If your current flooring is a vinyl, eHow offers these instructions to help with basic refurbishing.

Kitchen countertops provide another area that offers great benefits for value enhancement if problems exist. You may want to consider restoring or replacing them. Wear on countertops from years of use and even damage can often be repaired. Check out available repair kits for granite, solid-surface, marble, wood and laminate countertops. Many older homes were built when laminate counters were a popular choice and even these can frequently be patched, repainted, polished and re-laminated if replacement is not an option.  For more information regarding the repair or replacement of countertops, take a look at tips available from This Old House.

If your appliances are truly outdated, showing serious wear, or missing some of their former glory and features, keep in mind that some of the large appliance vendors frequently run “specials” on what they call “Kitchen Packages” that come with a new stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave oven … the pricing is surprisingly reasonable. One local area vendor who offers this type of package is the well-known Abt Appliance, also famous for their great customer service.  New appliances clearly provide a value boost when selling a home.

When it comes to cabinets, obviously a bright new look can really spruce up the appearance of your kitchen. While cabinet replacement can be costly and time-consuming, painting or refinishing cabinets instead may present a cost-effective solution, especially if they’re older, worn or have an outdated design. Consider the addition of new hardware as an easy and inexpensive improvement as well.  Lastly, you’ll also want to correct misaligned doors or drawers. TheFamilyHandyman.com offers many suggestions, ideas and information regarding cabinet repairs and restoration.

For advice on your specific situation and recommendations regarding value-enhancing changes, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Should you be considering a home purchase or the sale of your existing Chicago North Shore, North or Northwest Suburbs home, I can help you to find the right home for your family or determine the value of current property. 

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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