Best bang for your buck – kitchen renovation.
The most important room.
Most real estate and renovations experts agree a kitchen is key to improving a home’s value. If a seller has only enough money to renovate one room, the kitchen is the room to pick. Kitchens are the focal point of almost every home showing and an impressive kitchen will almost always make the difference between an average offer and a great offer.
Investing in the kitchen makes a lot of sense, as studies have shown as many as 80% of homebuyers list the kitchen as their favorite room. When your kitchen is updated, buyers may also be more forgiving of other outdated areas. “I’ve found that my clients are more likely to tolerate an outdated bathroom than an outdated kitchen,” Maria, Real Estate agent.
When it comes to kitchens, experts always recommend neutral colours. Bright and bold colours can be a real no-no to buyers. So, if you want your kitchen to appeal to as many people as possible, neutral colours are definitely the way to go. White, cream, beige, gray and navy are all neutrals and look great in a kitchen. If you want to accent them with bright colours, do it through accessories, artwork and nick-knacks.
Like neutral colours, transitional or traditional style is the safest bet in a kitchen. Overly ornate or ultra-modern styles will turn off certain buyers, so it’s wiser to stick with simple that are just short of modern; and stainless, chrome or dark bronze hardware. When it comes to transitional style, keep it simple and approachable.
Tile – Keept it Simple!
Some people like to make tile a feature in their kitchens; but as a general rule, this is not advisable. Simple tile designs in a neutral colour offer the best return on investment. You don’t have to be boring to be simple. White marble tile in a honeycomb, chevron or floral pattern for instance, looks great while still being subtle.