From Brittany on September 9th, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel
As summer comes to a close and the refreshing fresh fall weather approaches, you may be looking to slough off the summer carelessness and look towards getting things in order. Perhaps you’re thinking about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays, and wondering how in the world you can improve your kitchen in time for company.
Good news. You’re thinking intelligently—and on time. While you may not want to go a huge overhaul in your home, you can make some simple changes that will increase the value of your home, make holiday company more enjoyable, and make you want to be in the kitchen more.
Start by comparing pricing on kitchen remodels in your region. It’s best to get a few quotes from experienced contractors, and compare them by item by item.
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Next, make notes and sketches of what you want in your kitchen. Be specific. Identify major problem points and where you will see the biggest bang for your buck.
Keep in mind that the greatest improvements you can make are with your appliances. Go with ENERGY STAR efficiency products, which will increase your home’s value, save you money on bills, and potentially get you a large rebate. Plus, new appliances just look good.
Here’s what else you can do:
- Upgrade to a new, more efficient oven.
- Install a water-saving faucet.
- Go for a huge farmhouse sink — a relatively simple change.
- Put in—or take out—an island.
- Redo your countertops with quartz or marble.
All of these touchpoints of improvements can easily be accomplished by hiring a contractor with a specific desired result in mind. Take a look at our datebase of thousands of great contractors to find one in your area.
On top of any more major changes you are looking to make, consider the cosmetics. You can hire a professional to resurface your floors or repaint your kitchen cabinets and have a new-looking space in just a few weeks. Rethink your lighting fixtures, a notoriously big bang for your buck. Pay up a little for the one’s you’ve always wanted. Change out the hardware on your knobs and drawer pulls. Rethink your backsplash.
If you get started now, you’ll have plenty of time to put the finishing touches on your new kitchen renovation, with weeks to spare before the holidays arrive. And think of the joy after the company leaves. And the joy of a return on this investment when you eventually go to sell!
Just think of it: company swarming around with cups of cider, commenting on how lovely your kitchen looks, how well the food cooks in it. Now all is left is to tackle that perfectly roasted turkey.
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