Green Architecture, and Smart Design

Kitchen Kitchen Remodel

Updated Kitchens Increase the Value of Homes

Kitchen remodels are probably the most common home renovations homeowners choose to make. Whether the home will soon be listed for sale or if the homeowner needs their kitchen to be more user friendly and attractive, the investment is sure to pay off. When prospective buyers begin their search for a new home, an updated kitchen is high on their list of requirements. It is for this reason than realtors encourage their listing clients to modernize their existing kitchen as much as possible.

Some people who end up buying an older home plan to do extensive updates in the future. The most common home improvement projects include renovating the kitchen, adding a bathroom and creating a comfortable master suite. The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home since this is the room where families gather to prepare meals and eat their meals. Entertainment space is also important to many modern families, and a kitchen that is open to the dining room and family room is very much in demand.

Ambitious homeowners who are wanting to get the most value for their investment often plan to take on the renovation of their home as a do-it-yourself project. Some people do have knowledge and equipment necessary to successfully complete an extensive home update, but the average homeowner does not have the necessary skills. Many times unexpected problems arise and the frustrated homeowner finds it necessary to call a professional home improvement contractor. The general attitude is that hiring a contractor to handle any improvements will be expensive, but a professional is likely to cost less in the long run.

When making a decision to proceed with a home improvement project, the homeowner should carefully estimate the total cost. Many renovations end up costing more than anticipated due to unexpected complications. Most financial institutions are willing to offer a home equity loan to their clients if the balance owed on the mortgage is less than 80 percent of the appraised value of the property. The value of the home will increase once the renovation is complete, so this works to the advantage of both the homeowner and the mortgage holder.