Ask any Victoria REALTOR® and they will tell you that it’s hard to find homebuyers who don’t have ‘great kitchen’ at the top of their wish list. Seeing that kitchens are the heart and soul of most homes, it’s easy to understand why it’s a priority. However, fully updating an old kitchen doesn’t come cheaply: A complete remodel costs, on average, approximately $30,000. But homeowners should take heart because there are dozens of kitchen improvement projects that can add tremendous value to your home for a minimal investment, particularly if you’re willing to use a bit of DIY elbow grease.
Here are three of our favourites:
Install A Pot Rack:
Pot racks are both gorgeous and functional, stylishly freeing up the cabinet space currently occupied by your bulkiest cookware. For kitchens with a modern motif, a polished metal rack is a great touch, perfectly complimenting stainless steel appliances. For those with more traditional decor, a wooden or wrought iron rack can give the rustic feel of a French country chateau. For a bit of added charm, pot racks can also be used to hang garlands of garlic and to dry fresh herbs.
Give Your Cabinets A Makeover:
The first thing a guest or potential buyer notices in a kitchen is the cabinets. Great looking cabinets give the impression of high quality while more tired cabinetry, well, doesn’t. For those whose cabinets are in the second category, you’ve probably found that completely replacing them can be pricey. They can, however, be given a major DIY face-lift for a fraction of the cost of even the cheapest new cabinetry.
A great way to breath life into your outdated cabinets is to give them a new paint job. All you’ll need is a few days and a strong cleaner, sandpaper, a paintbrush, and some paint. Bright, bold, or two-tone, the choice is yours.
Another option is to reface your cabinets with adhesive veneers. And with an endless variety of options, both wood and plastic, refacing offers a simple, easy way to give your cabinets a completely new look.
For a touch of elegance, consider adding glass to your current cabinetry. More seasoned DIY’ers can cut out each cabinet door’s center panel and replace it with a pane of glass, which can be found in an array of finishes at your local hardware store. If you’re short on experience, have a carpenter do the cutting for you.
Add An Island:
From sinks to stovetops, everything in a kitchen is laid out along the walls. In order to fill the open space, and make the most of a kitchen’s square footage, islands are a popular option. Fully cabineted islands can be costly, though, so consider a open butcher block island. Their wood-grain tops are not only durable and highly resistant to nicks and warping, they also provide a ton of great workspace. Just be sure to apply a food-safe wood oil every so often to maintain the wood’s rich tones.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I would be happy to give you a walk through of your home and help you find ways you can maximize the value of your home before selling.