If you expect to sell your home within a few years, living with an outdated kitchen is a conundrum. Do you invest in a remodel or make do? The ideal solution for homeowners in this predicament is to update a kitchen so you can enjoy it now and attract potential buyers later. Given the choice of materials available today, it is possible to make the changes you desire within a reasonable budget.
Cosmetic re-do or complete overhaul?
If the style of your kitchen has a dated look, but you are happy with the functional layout and the condition of the cabinetry, you can update finishes and surfaces to refresh the style. If the working space in your kitchen needs improvement, you may be looking at a complete overhaul.
Make a list of priorities and choose materials according to a budget.
Today, choices abound. You could spend $200 or $2,000 on a sink! Let your priorities and your budget dictate your material selections. Shop wisely and where necessary, replace expensive material with lower-cost look-alikes such as a laminate countertop instead of granite.
Update the lighting.
The best way to freshen up a kitchen is to update the lighting. You can show off quality cabinets and increase the light on kitchen working surfaces by scrapping central fluorescent fixtures and replacing them with recessed lighting positioned just out from cabinets. Pendulum fixtures over a kitchen island are also a great update.