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Top Ten Kitchen Project Tips to Increase Your Home Value

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Whether you're looking to sell your home in today's tough market or you're simply wanting to invest in your home, knowing where to put your resources can help you get the best return on your kitchen improvement projects. If you're wondering how to get the most out of your money, take a look at the following tips.

10 Kitchen Project Tips that Can Increase Your Home Value

  1. Know Your Neighbors' Kitchens. The first tip to a remodel that actually increases the value of your home is knowing where your home fits in the current market. If you live in a lower-middle-class suburban neighborhood, a very expensive remodel won't pay off because buyers will want to pay prices that are comparable to homes around yours. At the same time, buyers in an upscale neighborhood will be put off if you choose to save money by going with very cheap materials.
  2. Update Your Appliances. Old appliances date a kitchen, and many home buyers are looking for newer appliances because they are more energy-efficient and have more convenience features.
  3. Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets. Cabinets make a huge difference in the look and feel of your kitchen, and if the cabinet boxes are in good shape and their layout is fine, refacing is a great way to get the look of a remodel for a lower cost.
  4. Redo the Floors. Particularly if your current flooring is out-of-date or in bad shape, new flooring can make a dramatic difference in adding sparkle and shine to your kitchen.
  5. Install New Laminate Countertops. Installing new countertops can update your kitchen and increase its elegance. Just make sure you choose a style that will mesh with the rest of your decor.
  6. Replace Kitchen (and Other) Windows. Replacing your windows not only spruces them up, but most home buyers like that energy-efficient windows can help them save money on utilities.
  7. Paint. A fresh paint job freshens up your kitchen and can make a huge difference for a very low cost.
  8. Get New Light Fixtures. Nothing dates a home like a light fixture that's clearly from another decade. Replacing light fixtures in your kitchen and throughout the house can boost the sale-factor of your home.
  9. All About Hardware. Replacing outdated kitchen hardware can spruce up the look of your whole kitchen.
  10. Add Decorative Touches. Consider installing crown molding along the wall or the tops of the cabinets to give the whole room a more classic, upscale look.


Of course, not all kitchens need all these improvements; figure out what your kitchen needs most to efficiently increase your home value.


About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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