Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kitchen and Bath Remodling Information

If you are thinking of remodeling with a focus on increasing value, experts still say that kitchens and baths are the most important places to focus for re-saleability. Here are 5 kitchen and bath features that buyers want most:

36% said a separate shower enclosure in the master bath
31% said an eat in kitchen
24% said high-end appliances
23% said granite counter tops
21% said a kitchen island
(source: NAR 2007 Profile of Buyers' Home Feature Preferences)

Here are 5 retrofits buyers are appreciating according to REALTOR Magazine:

1) tile back splash in bright colors or bronze like metallic
2) under counter lighting for better ambiance
3) painted upper cabinets in a complementary color to the lower cabinets
4) added glass door to kitchen cabinets
5) updated cabinet hardware (a trip to Ace and a drill and you can have a fresh new look)

Whether you choose to spend $100 on new hardware or go for new countertops, these upgrades will increase the marketability of your home...and you can enjoy the upgrades as well.