Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kitchen Remodel?

Realtor magazine just released their annual Remodeling Cost vs Value Report. One of the projects on the list? Minor Kitchen Remodel. There is no doubt that Kitchens SELL homes. The national study found that many home owners overimprove their kitchens, which is not cost effective unless you plan on staying there a long time.
Some tips for remodeling the kitchen "cost effectively"
-Keep existing electrical wiring and plumbing in place
-Consider painting your cabinets instead of buying new ones.
-Ceramic Tile is the way to go when it comes to flooring, it's more cost efficient than wood and is well received by buyers..
-Laminate Countertops can be a great alternative to granite, marble or other stones. There are many that resemble these quite well and for a fraction of the price.
*If you do want granite or a natural stone instead of going to Home Depot or Lowes, go to a local fabricator. They have yards full of reminents at a fraction of the original cost. (I've got a great guy who does this and his prices are unbeatable!)
-Do some work yourself, tell your contractor that you'll remove the cabinets and paint.

Many buyers consider the kitchen one of the most important rooms in the house, you will be pleased with the return on your investment!

If you want more kitchen remodeling ideas or contractor contacts, shoot me an e-mail or give me a call. I'll be happy to help!

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