Major or Minor Home Improvement?
In the first year of owning a home, a lot of costs can come from home improvement. But which home improvements are worth making? When is it worth saving your money for a major kitchen remodel?
According to Remodeling Magazine, you're less likely to recoup your investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than you are to get back what you spend on basic home maintenance. The only home improvement likely to return more at resale was a minor (est. $23k) kitchen remodel (midrange), which returns 72.2$%.
Knowing the above information, what minor improvements can we make around the house? We have some ideas!
Add Some Color
Painting a wall(s) is a simple way to boost your kitchen's look. Whether you paint the whole kitchen or create an accent wall, this is an efficient way to improve your kitchen.
Another great way to add color is the cabinets! Sanding and repainting, or repainting, your cabinets can be an affordable way to add color to your kitchen.
A countertop upgrade is a quick way to change the entire feel of your kitchen. Wood, Engineered Quartz, Stainless Steel, Black Granite, and a handful of others are great budget-friendly countertop options. While you are installing your new countertop, ditch the corbels and legs, and allow your countertop to float by installing an L Bracket Countertop Support or a Hidden Island Support Bracket. These countertop support brackets add a layer of protection to your countertop, plus bring an appealing aesthetic to the look of your kitchen.
Let There Be Light
The last great way to update your kitchen with a minor improvement is by upgrading your light fixtures! There are many ways to upgrade your kitchen lighting, Country Living has compiled 20 kitchen lighting ideas to brighten your cooking space. This is a simple but impactful way to change the whole look of your space.
Use What You Have
When first buying a home, it can be easy to drop a lot of money on major home improvements but try these minor upgrades to help elevate your kitchen, save you money, and bring a return back!