Many people undertake home improvements with a view that not only will they make the house a more pleasant place to live, they will also add value. However, they should be aware that not all home improvements make good financial sense – some will have a much higher return on investment (known as ROI) than others.
A kitchen renovation is recognised as being one of those improvements that usually produces an excellent ROI. The kitchen is the heart of the home and many buyers are looking for an up to date and stylish room. The kitchen is no longer a room that is just used for cooking, and doing chores such as the laundry. For many families it is a truly multi-functional space – it is used for a whole range of different activities including socialising, watching TV, as a kid’s playroom and so on. In this article we will look at the benefits that are gained from a kitchen refurbishment.
Improving the Kitchen’s Appearance
This is probably the most obvious benefit of carrying out a kitchen renovation. Buyers are generally not that keen on tired and dated kitchens – an old fashioned kitchen can be a big turn off to potential purchasers! In fact, it is often said that ‘kitchens sell houses’. The look of the room can be altered simply by changing the cupboard doors and the worktops or, if the homeowner prefers, all of the units can be ripped out and completely replaced. The latter, however, is not always absolutely necessary and sellers should be aware of the fact that they don’t always need to spend a large amount of cash. Sometimes it’s the small changes that make all the difference.
Improving the Functionality of the Room
There are a number of ways in which the overall functionality of the kitchen can be improved. Modern day kitchen designers are highly skilled individuals who can make suggestions on how to make the best use of the available space. Their designs will often include innovative ideas and clever storage options. Awkward spaces can easily be incorporated into the plans. If necessary they will be able to suggest alterations to the layout of the room that will improve its practicality.
Becoming More Eco Friendly
A kitchen refurbishment can have the added benefit of lowering energy costs. Modern day appliances tend to be more energy efficient and, therefore, should cost less to run. As well as being kinder on the homeowner’s pocket this is great for the environment too – a win win situation! Most countries now give new appliances an energy rating. When purchasing new items for the kitchen homeowners should take careful note of the rating given to each appliance.