The best kitchen upgrades for your money

The kitchen is the most frequently upgraded room in the home and homeowners are smart to invest their home improvement dollars there since it’s almost always the most important room to prospective buyers and can easily make or break a sale. They also tend to add considerable value to a home while adding to its aesthetics and functionality as well. But not all kitchen remodels are created equal. Many homeowners make the mistake of investing too much–more than they can ever expect to get back–for luxury upgrades that aren’t really necessary. Here are the kitchen upgrades that would-be buyers really want, the upgrades that will be the best for your money.

A backsplash

Tiled backsplashes are relatively easy to install on your own and they’re also fairly inexpensive. They add to the functionality of the kitchen since it makes it easier to clean up after preparing a meal. It also beautifies the space in a way that wallpaper or paint can’t.

Stainless steel appliances

After buying a home, people don’t want to spend more money on new appliances so seeing shiny, stainless steel appliances and knowing they come with the house will encourage them to buy sooner and spend more.

New countertops

Countertops are another great way to add functionality and aesthetic appeal. Don’t go with luxury materials like granite or marble. Quartz or butcher blocks are less expensive, more durable, and require less maintenance.

Storage space

Depending on what you have to work with, you might be limited when it comes to adding additional storage space but you need to do whatever you can to maximize storage space whether that’s hanging a pots and pans rack or just getting better cabinet organizers to use the space you have more efficiently.

Laminate floors

Laminate floors are less expensive and more durable than hardwood and people won’t believe you when you tell them it isn’t actually hardwood. Laminate can so perfectly simulate the look of real wood that there’s no reason to spend more for it.

New fixtures

A new kitchen sink, upgraded light fixtures, outlet covers, light switch plates, drawers, and knobs, baseboard radiator covers, and a high quality faucet are all great improvements because they don’t require extensive remodeling and you can do the work yourself to save money. These are the tiny details that can make all the difference when it comes time to try and sell your home.

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