5 Kitchen Upgrades for Beauty and Value

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the place where you cook, have family meals, host gatherings and so much more. It is no wonder why upgrading kitchens is among the top priorities for Phoenix homeowners in recent years. But wanting to update your kitchen doesn’t mean you need to spend upwards of $40,000 and redo the whole thing. There are smaller tweaks and improvements you can make to add value to your home that won’t break the bank. Not only will these tweaks help add value, they will also help modernize your space by adding style.

1. Replace Your Countertops

Getting rid of your laminate countertops from 1997 is an easy way to immediately modernize your kitchen. Many homebuyers are interested in kitchens with either granite or quartz countertops. In addition to being popular in resale, granite and quartz countertops are currently the most durable countertops available on the market. However, this also results in a larger price tag. If you are looking to upgrade to one of these stones, expect to pay between $40 and $100 per square foot. Even though these stones will cost you more than standard laminate or tile countertops, you’re less likely to have to replace them in the long run due to cracks or heat damage.

Granite is a heat and stain resistant material that only requires a sealant once a year to maintain its durability. Also with granite, you’re basically guaranteed to have unique countertops since granite is a natural stone and variations in stone will be different.

Quartz countertops have become increasingly popular in recent years and are even more long-lasting than granite. They are stain and bacteria resistant without requiring an annual sealant, and wont crack or scratch from kitchen knives or dropping a wine bottle on the corner. Quartz countertops are quartz stone mixed with resin, so they are not 100 percent natural stone and because of that, they will typically be more uniform than granite.

2. Upgrade Your Appliances

There are many options between a cheap fridge and the brand-new, sparkly, stainless-steel smart refrigerator in a model home. Find something in between if you’re looking for the best return on investment. Unless you’re a world-class chef, skip the top-of-the-line Viking range.

Replacing appliances can be a quick way to give your kitchen a facelift. It is suggested to spend about 14 percent of your kitchen renovation budget on appliances —; about $400–$600 per appliance. Be sure to purchase appliances from somewhere that offers a warranty. Some big-box stores might offer package deals and inexpensive delivery options, too. Not only will this be beneficial in the event that one of your new appliances has issues, it can also save you a few bucks in the process.

Aside from cost, consider these three factors:

How they match: You probably don’t want a black dishwasher and a stainless-steel fridge and neither will homebuyers. Tie your look together with the same finishes on all appliances.

How they function: If you don’t have a gas line running to your kitchen, don’t buy a gas stove unless you’ve budgeted the cost for adding the gas line. Homeowners will typically pay between $250 and $770, but it is recommended to budget between $15 and $25 per linear foot if you’d like to add the line.

How efficient they are: Energy efficiency has come a long way in the last decade. EnergyStar appliances are usually worth the cost and help with resale. While they may cost more upfront, energy efficient appliances will help cut down electric costs over time. This is especially beneficial in Phoenix homes where energy costs drastically increase during the summer months.

3. Paint Your Cabinets

Purchasing completely new custom kitchen cabinets can be extremely appealing when you think about how nice they’ll look in your unique space. However, new cabinets can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 depending on whether you go for the standard stock cabinets at your local hardware store or custom cabinets perfectly designed for your kitchen.

Painting your cabinets and adding new hardware is a great alternative that can make your current cabinets feel brand new and help save money. If you have a small kitchen, modernize cabinets by painting them a bright white to help make the small space feel bigger. Even though this is a DIY project that will take some time, it can help save you thousands of dollars and give your kitchen a complete facelift.

In addition to painting, adding new knobs and handles to cabinet doors and drawers can provide new function and style to your remodeling project.

4. Add a Backsplash

Whether you’re looking to add a high-end glass backsplash or a more cost efficient peel and stick backsplash, adding this feature can take your space from drab to fab. Backsplashes can not only add a pop of color or style to your kitchen remodel, they can also provide a barrier between your appliances and walls to help avoid heat damage, water damage and staining.

Peel and stick backsplashes are a cost efficient option typically made from vinyl that provides a heat and humidity barrier to protect your wall structure. You can typically purchase this option for a little as $2 per square foot. However, it is important to consider that they’re not always the most appealing to buyers and can begin to peel off walls over time.

A ceramic or porcelain tile backsplash can offer the same barrier and be less likely to crack or chip over time. The average cost of this option is between $400 and $600 with installation, but the higher cost can ensure a backsplash that will last longer.

5. Update Light Fixtures

You don’t need to spend a couple thousand dollars on installing recessed lighting in your kitchen. But replacing those outdated inset light panels with modern hanging lights can have a big impact on your kitchen and is arguably one of the most affordable upgrades to make. Be cautious of doing this yourself if you are not experienced with wiring. Hiring an electrician do to the work for you can ensure your safety and avoid any wiring mishaps that could potentially cause a house fire. You can hire an electrician for as little as $70 per light for standard ceiling mounted lights, and don’t forget to use energy efficient lightbulbs to help save on electric costs!

Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Whether you choose to remodel all at once or upgrade over time, improving your space can add value to your home as well as comfort for you and your family!

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The material presented here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to be used as financial, investment, or legal advice.