Improving Your Home's Value One Space at a Time: The Kitchen

There's no doubt that you and your family have extremely busy schedules. Between work, school, ball practices, meetings, and other extra curricular and family activities, you're probably not home a whole lot. But when you are home, what room in your house are you certain to spend time in? The kitchen. Regardless of the hectic day your family has had, you still have to eat - making the kitchen quite possibly one the most important rooms in your home. It's safe to assume that for interested buyers, the kitchen is just as important to them as it is for you. So, in this week's blog, the Fran Campbell Team offers some super simple solutions for improving your home's value through the kitchen.

Illuminate the Room
Well-positioned and proper lighting in the kitchen is not only important so you can see what you’re doing, but because it also serves to set a warm and welcoming mood. Lighting is a critical element for the kitchen because it affects functionality and can have a huge impact on how you feel about spending time in this central area of your home. To create efficient and complete illumination, a combined range of lighting fixtures is required. Firstly, you have ambient lighting which floods and illuminates the kitchen area evenly. Task lighting is practical, illuminating work spaces and inside cabinets. And accent lighting adds depth and dimension to the room.

Upgrade Cabinets and Hardware
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. Hardware can change the feel of the space, making an out-of-date kitchen feel more modern, or non-custom cabinetry feel like an upgrade.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.

Install a New Sink
A sink is one of the most important elements in a kitchen because it's the only working area used to both prepare meals and clean up after them. Choosing one that doubles as a centerpiece can turn what seems to be a purely functional element into a showpiece. A new sink can give potential buyers the perception that the home has a greater value.

Add a Backsplash
The kitchen backsplash is a practical solution to keep one of the messiest rooms in the house one of the easiest rooms to clean. A backsplash protects wallpaper and painted walls from the splatter of cooking which can be impossible to remove. It can also add a focal point to an otherwise plain looking kitchen. With various tiling options you can add flair without being extravagant or overspending on interior designers or expensive wallpapers.

By making these minor upgrades to your kitchen, you'll create a space that buyers will love, and will be willing to pay more for! For more tips on improving your home's value and strategies for selling a home, trust the Fran Campbell Team, the best real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks, to have your back throughout your entire real estate transaction. Stay tuned for next week's blog where we'll give you tips for improving your home's value in the dining room!


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