Blog

7 Kitchen Upgrades Under 5K That Boost Home Values (courtesy of Trulia)

Boost your kitchen’s appeal and home value without breaking the bank.

It’s likely you spend much of your time at home in your kitchen, cooking, entertaining friends over a glass (or two) of wine, or talking through your day with family. But there may come a day when you look around and notice that this well-loved space is starting to look a bit worn. Suddenly, your favorite gathering spot has become a place you rush guests through, and you’re concerned that potential future buyers will be turned off by its outdated appearance — especially if you’re in a upscale market, like Oakton, VA.
There’s no need to shy away from kitchen upgrades, though. Here are the seven upgrades suggested by design experts and real estate agents on how to rehab your kitchen (and increase your home’s value) for less than $5,000.

7 kitchen upgrades to boost your home value

  1. Repaint your cabinets and change out hardware

    Estimated cost: $250 for hardware, $300 for paint

    Painting cabinets in a semigloss finish and adding new hardware are painless ways to give your kitchen a quick face-lift without breaking the bank. “One of our favorite tips for updating a kitchen is to swap out standard hardware,” says Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors LLC. “Hardware can change the feel of the space, making an out-of-date kitchen feel more modern, or non-custom cabinetry feel like an upgrade.” Try options like a recessed ring pull and traditional bin pull for stylish hardware that’s simultaneously timeless and trendy.
  2. Replace or add a back splash

    Estimated cost: $2,000

    Tired of doing dishes and looking at an old back splash with yellowed grout? Renovate! Kathleen Hay, principal at Kathleen Hay Designs, suggests changing out what you have for new tile. “Consider changing a tile back splash to a modern glass, mosaic tile, or a classic white subway tile, which never goes out of style,” says Hay. “It now comes in many sizes/shapes and can be laid in a herringbone or soldiered pattern for an updated and fresh look.” Neutral tones will make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter to you and potential buyers.
  3. Paint the Hardwood Floors

    Estimated cost: Varies depending on the size of your space; painting or re-staining floors typically costs between $400 and $650 plus labor; ceramic tile starts around $900 plus installation costs

    You might think about the kitchen floor mainly when you’re mopping up a spill, but painting it is a quick way to give this key surface new life. “Flooring is a very important part of a kitchen remodel, and there is a dizzying array of options available to the homeowner,” says Jane Toland, principal at Tolhouse Design. “A simple floor color change is all that is needed, in say, a rich brown shade or a trendy gray stain.” Opt for enamel paint like Benjamin Moore’s Floor and Patio Latex enamel. If you’re cautious of making such a long-lasting commitment, many retailers sell pint-sized paint samples so you can test out a color before you decide. If you want to heighten the look of the kitchen even more, consider adding ceramic tile.
  4. Replace the lights

    Estimated cost: $75 to $250

Good lighting is important for everyone and in every room. Jeffrey Osborne of Hark and Osborne Interior Design recommends sourcing “stylish yet affordable” pendant lights (he likes Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Lighting) to hang above an island or counter top. Add under cabinet lighting to give the kitchen a higher-end look — or simply exchange the bulbs for LEDs in existing fixtures to cast the kitchen in a better light (and get some energy savings to boot).

  1. Install butcher-block or concrete counter tops

    Estimated cost: Starting at $300 for concrete counter tops

Since most of your time is probably spent in the kitchen at your counter top — eating, preparing food, planning the next party, etc – you want your surface to be durable, without over-spending. Search for remnant granite (pieces left over from other projects) or buy a butcher-block or even concrete counter top, which can be stained to match the space. “Go to a store that has reclaimed materials and grab a beautiful slab of wood or a commercial metal counter top to use as the accent on the island,” says Lisa DeStefano, founder and principal architect at DeStefano Architects. “Tile counter top can be fairly inexpensive, but the challenge is the grout and keeping it clean on what should be a sanitary surface.” Use more expensive materials, like granite or marble, on smaller spaces to give impact to the space, without a significantly higher price tag.

  1. Add a new kitchen sink

    Estimated cost: Starting at $299 for stainless steel

A sink is one of the most important elements in a kitchen: choosing one that doubles as a centerpiece turns what seems to be a purely functional element into a showpiece. Interior designer Laura Umansky, president and creative director at Laura U Interior Design, says that a new sink, such as an apron-front farmhouse sink “feels custom and thoughtful” and gives potential buyers the perception that the home has a greater value.

  1. Put a hood on it

    Estimated cost: Starts at $599, plus labor

Most potential buyers will see the kitchen in one quick scan, from the counter top and sink to the stove. Adding a functional stainless steel hood to the space is a great way to amplify the look of the kitchen and give it a fresh feel, even if you don’t put in a new stove. Hoods typically vent to the exterior, but don’t worry if adding new duct work seems overdone. Instead, opt for a ductless range hood. The charcoal filters will have to be replaced every few months, but you will save a lot of money on duct work. Interior designer Jeffrey Osborne recommends having an electrician come in to replace and install the hood for safety purposes. “An oversize hood creates the look of a ‘chef’s kitchen,’ which is usually only seen in luxury kitchens,” says Osborne, adding that it can immediately add thousands of dollars in value to the space.

Boost your kitchen’s appeal and home value without breaking the bank.

It’s likely you spend much of your time at home in your kitchen, cooking, entertaining friends over a glass (or two) of wine, or talking through your day with family. But there may come a day when you look around and notice that this well-loved space is starting to look a bit worn. Suddenly, your favorite gathering spot has become a place you rush guests through, and you’re concerned that potential future buyers will be turned off by its outdated appearance — especially if you’re in a luxury market, like Westport, CT.
There’s no need to shy away from kitchen upgrades, though. Here are the seven upgrades suggested by design experts and real estate agents on how to rehab your kitchen (and increase your home’s value) for less than $5,000.

7 kitchen upgrades to boost your home value

  1. Repaint your cabinets and change out hardware

    Estimated cost: $250 for hardware, $300 for paint

    Painting cabinets in a semigloss finish and adding new hardware are painless ways to give your kitchen a quick face-lift without breaking the bank. “One of our favorite tips for updating a kitchen is to swap out standard hardware,” says Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors LLC. “Hardware can change the feel of the space, making an out-of-date kitchen feel more modern, or noncustom cabinetry feel like an upgrade.” Try options like a recessed ring pull and traditional bin pull for stylish hardware that’s simultaneously timeless and trendy.
  2. Replace or add a backsplash

    Estimated cost: $2,000

    Tired of doing dishes and looking at an old backsplash with yellowed grout? Renovate! Kathleen Hay, principal at Kathleen Hay Designs, suggests changing out what you have for new tile. “Consider changing a tile backsplash to a modern glass, mosaic tile, or a classic white subway tile, which never goes out of style,” says Hay. “It now comes in many sizes/shapes and can be laid in a herringbone or soldiered pattern for an updated and fresh look.” Neutral tones will make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter to you and potential buyers.
  3. Paint the Hardwood Floors

    Estimated cost: Varies depending on the size of your space; painting or restaining floors typically costs between $400 and $650 plus labor; ceramic tile starts around $900 plus installation costs

    You might think about the kitchen floor mainly when you’re mopping up a spill, but painting it is a quick way to give this key surface new life. “Flooring is a very important part of a kitchen remodel, and there is a dizzying array of options available to the homeowner,” says Jane Toland, principal at Tolhouse Design. “A simple floor color change is all that is needed, in say, a rich brown shade or a trendy gray stain.” Opt for enamel paint like Benjamin Moore’s Floor and Patio Latex enamel. If you’re cautious of making such a long-lasting commitment, many retailers sell pint-sized paint samples so you can test out a color before you decide. If you want to heighten the look of the kitchen even more, consider adding ceramic tile.
  4. Replace the lights

    Estimated cost: $75 to $250

    Good lighting is important for everyone and in every room. Jeffrey Osborne of Hark and Osborne Interior Design recommends sourcing “stylish yet affordable” pendant lights (he likes Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Lighting) to hang above an island or countertop. Add undercabinet lighting to give the kitchen a higher-end look — or simply exchange the bulbs for LEDs in existing fixtures to cast the kitchen in a better light (and get some energy savings to boot).

  5. Install butcher-block or concrete countertops

    Estimated cost: Starting at $300 for concrete countertops

    Since most of your time is probably spent in the kitchen at your countertop — eating, preparing food, planning the next party, etc – you want your surface to be durable, without over-spending. Search for remnant granite (pieces left over from other projects) or buy a butcher-block or even concrete countertop, which can be stained to match the space. “Go to a store that has reclaimed materials and grab a beautiful slab of wood or a commercial metal countertop to use as the accent on the island,” says Lisa DeStefano, founder and principal architect at DeStefano Architects. “Tile countertop can be fairly inexpensive, but the challenge is the grout and keeping it clean on what should be a sanitary surface.” Use more expensive materials, like granite or marble, on smaller spaces to give impact to the space, without a significantly higher price tag.

  6. Add a new kitchen sink

    Estimated cost: Starting at $299 for stainless steel

    A sink is one of the most important elements in a kitchen: choosing one that doubles as a centerpiece turns what seems to be a purely functional element into a showpiece. Interior designer Laura Umansky, president and creative director at Laura U Interior Design, says that a new sink, such as an apron-front farmhouse sink “feels custom and thoughtful” and gives potential buyers the perception that the home has a greater value.

  7. Put a hood on it

    Estimated cost: Starts at $599, plus labor

    Most potential buyers will see the kitchen in one quick scan, from the countertop and sink to the stove. Adding a functional stainless steel hood to the space is a great way to amplify the look of the kitchen and give it a fresh feel, even if you don’t put in a new stove. Hoods typically vent to the exterior, but don’t worry if adding new ductwork seems overdone. Instead, opt for a ductless range hood. The charcoal filters will have to be replaced every few months, but you will save a lot of money on ductwork. Interior designer Jeffrey Osborne recommends having an electrician come in to replace and install the hood for safety purposes. “An oversize hood creates the look of a ‘chef’s kitchen,’ which is usually only seen in luxury kitchens,” says Osborne, adding that it can immediately add thousands of dollars in value to the space.

- See more at: https://www.trulia.com/blog/kitchen-upgrades-boost-home-values/?ecampaign=con_cnews_digest&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2Fkitchen-upgrades-boost-home-values%2F#sthash.xestTRuk.dpuf

Boost your kitchen’s appeal and home value without breaking the bank.

It’s likely you spend much of your time at home in your kitchen, cooking, entertaining friends over a glass (or two) of wine, or talking through your day with family. But there may come a day when you look around and notice that this well-loved space is starting to look a bit worn. Suddenly, your favorite gathering spot has become a place you rush guests through, and you’re concerned that potential future buyers will be turned off by its outdated appearance — especially if you’re in a luxury market, like Westport, CT.
There’s no need to shy away from kitchen upgrades, though. Here are the seven upgrades suggested by design experts and real estate agents on how to rehab your kitchen (and increase your home’s value) for less than $5,000.

7 kitchen upgrades to boost your home value

  1. Repaint your cabinets and change out hardware

    Estimated cost: $250 for hardware, $300 for paint

    Painting cabinets in a semigloss finish and adding new hardware are painless ways to give your kitchen a quick face-lift without breaking the bank. “One of our favorite tips for updating a kitchen is to swap out standard hardware,” says Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors LLC. “Hardware can change the feel of the space, making an out-of-date kitchen feel more modern, or noncustom cabinetry feel like an upgrade.” Try options like a recessed ring pull and traditional bin pull for stylish hardware that’s simultaneously timeless and trendy.
  2. Replace or add a backsplash

    Estimated cost: $2,000

    Tired of doing dishes and looking at an old backsplash with yellowed grout? Renovate! Kathleen Hay, principal at Kathleen Hay Designs, suggests changing out what you have for new tile. “Consider changing a tile backsplash to a modern glass, mosaic tile, or a classic white subway tile, which never goes out of style,” says Hay. “It now comes in many sizes/shapes and can be laid in a herringbone or soldiered pattern for an updated and fresh look.” Neutral tones will make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter to you and potential buyers.
  3. Paint the Hardwood Floors

    Estimated cost: Varies depending on the size of your space; painting or restaining floors typically costs between $400 and $650 plus labor; ceramic tile starts around $900 plus installation costs

    You might think about the kitchen floor mainly when you’re mopping up a spill, but painting it is a quick way to give this key surface new life. “Flooring is a very important part of a kitchen remodel, and there is a dizzying array of options available to the homeowner,” says Jane Toland, principal at Tolhouse Design. “A simple floor color change is all that is needed, in say, a rich brown shade or a trendy gray stain.” Opt for enamel paint like Benjamin Moore’s Floor and Patio Latex enamel. If you’re cautious of making such a long-lasting commitment, many retailers sell pint-sized paint samples so you can test out a color before you decide. If you want to heighten the look of the kitchen even more, consider adding ceramic tile.
  4. Replace the lights

    Estimated cost: $75 to $250

    Good lighting is important for everyone and in every room. Jeffrey Osborne of Hark and Osborne Interior Design recommends sourcing “stylish yet affordable” pendant lights (he likes Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Lighting) to hang above an island or countertop. Add undercabinet lighting to give the kitchen a higher-end look — or simply exchange the bulbs for LEDs in existing fixtures to cast the kitchen in a better light (and get some energy savings to boot).

  5. Install butcher-block or concrete countertops

    Estimated cost: Starting at $300 for concrete countertops

    Since most of your time is probably spent in the kitchen at your countertop — eating, preparing food, planning the next party, etc – you want your surface to be durable, without over-spending. Search for remnant granite (pieces left over from other projects) or buy a butcher-block or even concrete countertop, which can be stained to match the space. “Go to a store that has reclaimed materials and grab a beautiful slab of wood or a commercial metal countertop to use as the accent on the island,” says Lisa DeStefano, founder and principal architect at DeStefano Architects. “Tile countertop can be fairly inexpensive, but the challenge is the grout and keeping it clean on what should be a sanitary surface.” Use more expensive materials, like granite or marble, on smaller spaces to give impact to the space, without a significantly higher price tag.

  6. Add a new kitchen sink

    Estimated cost: Starting at $299 for stainless steel

    A sink is one of the most important elements in a kitchen: choosing one that doubles as a centerpiece turns what seems to be a purely functional element into a showpiece. Interior designer Laura Umansky, president and creative director at Laura U Interior Design, says that a new sink, such as an apron-front farmhouse sink “feels custom and thoughtful” and gives potential buyers the perception that the home has a greater value.

  7. Put a hood on it

    Estimated cost: Starts at $599, plus labor

    Most potential buyers will see the kitchen in one quick scan, from the countertop and sink to the stove. Adding a functional stainless steel hood to the space is a great way to amplify the look of the kitchen and give it a fresh feel, even if you don’t put in a new stove. Hoods typically vent to the exterior, but don’t worry if adding new ductwork seems overdone. Instead, opt for a ductless range hood. The charcoal filters will have to be replaced every few months, but you will save a lot of money on ductwork. Interior designer Jeffrey Osborne recommends having an electrician come in to replace and install the hood for safety purposes. “An oversize hood creates the look of a ‘chef’s kitchen,’ which is usually only seen in luxury kitchens,” says Osborne, adding that it can immediately add thousands of dollars in value to the space.

- See more at: https://www.trulia.com/blog/kitchen-upgrades-boost-home-values/?ecampaign=con_cnews_digest&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2Fkitchen-upgrades-boost-home-values%2F#sthash.xestTRuk.dpuf

Preparing Your Home for Autumn: Maintenance Tips for the End of Summer

Have your furnace inspected. It's smart to have your heating system serviced before you actually need to use it. Experts say that as much as 75 percent of the calls they receive about homeowners without heat are a result of not having the furnace serviced and cleaned. It will also keep your heating costs down and help keep the air in your home healthy.

Apply a fresh coat of paint. Interior painting requires good ventilation, so the best time to tackle a paint spruce-up is the time of year when you can open up your windows.

Inspect your roof. You'll want to check for shingles that are cracked, buckling, or missing. Check for caulking that needs to be replaced, or moss or lichen, which could indicate deterioration underneath. If you don't trust your own assessment, work with a certified inspector.

Check for mold. The humidity of summer can cause mold to flourish. Check locations such as around leaky pipes, basements, or areas that don't get good ventilation. You will want to remove the mold as soon as possible. It's wise to have this done by a professional.

Replace weatherstripping on doors. There could be gaps that you can't see and that can jack up your energy costs. It's a simple fix that can be done with items found at your local hardware store.

Check the airflow. Focus on areas like vents, the hood over your stove, dryer vents, baseboard heaters and room fans. Not only is a buildup of dust a fire hazard, but you also want to keep the air flowing and the allergens at bay.

Get control of gutters and downspouts. Clogs in gutters and downspouts can cause the roof to leak, which can lead to a host of other problems. It's a slippery slope from clogged gutters to water damage in your home!

Look over your siding. You'll want to look for any areas on vinyl siding that are buckled or warped. If you have wood siding, look for curling, splitting or cracking. Should you find an issue, you'll definitely want it taken care of before the weather gets cold!

Inspect your insulation. The most important area to check is your attic. You should have the highest concentration of insulation here. See if there are any gaps that need to be filled. You don't need to check the insulation in your walls unless you notice heating issues.

Make sure your detectors are working. Ensure both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries. It's smart to test them, also. Both are especially important once your furnace is in use.

Each season brings its own challenges and wear-and-tear on your home. With summer ending and autumn on the way, you can go into the new season secure that your home is in tip-top shape!

 

Welcome to our new blog!

We look forward to making this the best resource for information about real estate, our local area, and current topics that impact you. Please feel free to comment on our posts if you have questions or reactions to share. If there is anything you'd like to see us write about, we'd love to hear your ideas.

    Comments

    1. No comments. Be the first to comment.