If you’ve ever considered sprucing up a tired kitchen, or have found a house you love, but the kitchen needs some improvement, you may consider remodeling. The kitchen, often known as the heart of the home, can truly make a difference in how you feel about a house.

With a little time, creativity, and elbow grease, fixing up your kitchen on a small budget is possible. While full kitchen renovations can be expensive and often cost upwards from $15,000-$20,000, there are many ways to get a new look in your kitchen for a lot less money.

Start by taking a good look at your current kitchen or the one you want to change. Identify what needs to be modified.  If you’ll want to open up a galley kitchen by removing walls or relocate fixtures, these types of renovations will certainly cost more than smaller jobs.  For ideas on a range of kitchen projects, you may find watching home improvement videos a great help.

One of the easiest and least costly projects includes a good cleaning and new paint job. Fresh paint in an attractive color can do wonders for making a kitchen look new again. Even dated cabinets that are in otherwise in good shape can be painted instead of replacing them. Small touches, like new cabinet hardware, are generally quite affordable and can have a big impact. New appliances, which can often be purchased at discounted package pricing, and new fixtures or window treatments can also add a modern look and brighten your space.

Another possible inexpensive modification includes expanding storage space. If you have wasted space, shelves or cabinets may be added to free up countertops and help control clutter.

A large part of a kitchen remodel budget is the labor cost. So if you are handy, whenever possible, do the smaller jobs yourself and save remodeling dollars for the harder, major renovation work. You can find helpful instructions online on how to do many of the easier tasks.

Remember that even small, inexpensive renovations can turn a tired kitchen into your home’s showplace and help you get top dollar when you are ready to sell. For additional pointers about preparing your home for sale or the selling process, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.

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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