Tips for remodeling kitchens and baths

In addition to the beginning of refreshingly crisp weather, October has also become known as National Kitchen & Bath Month. Vacations are over and families are once again settled into the school routine, making it a perfect time to turn their attention toward making necessary home improvements and kitchen and bathroom remodeling is often at the top of the to-do lists. This is especially true for families who are planning to sell their home and want it to be able to compete well for the attention of all the best buyers. To accomplish this, homeowners should focus their time and renovation budgets on those remodeling projects that will both appeal to buyers and increase the home's value. This list of seven great ideas will help you make that happen.

Kitchen Island Upgrades1. Add or expand kitchen islands

With cooking at home as a family becoming more popular with services like Blue Apron, buyers are looking for kitchens with versatile, convenient spaces. A large kitchen island with plenty of storage and seating for guests is the perfect solution. If your home does not currently offer an island or it has one that is too small, adding a robust kitchen island with plenty of storage, counter space and seating will make your home more valuable in the eyes of prospective buyers. 


2. Open up kitchen spaces

Crowded, closed off kitchens are a turn off to buyers who want to be able to talk with guests or spend time with family members while preparing dinner. Removing all or part of a non-load bearing wall is a great way to open up cramped kitchen spaces, bring in more light and make this all-important room seem much more spacious and welcoming. 

3. Upgrade materials to freshen spaces

An easy way to make a dated, dreary kitchen look new and exciting is to change out current surfaces and materials for new, higher-quality options. For instance, adding quality cabinetry with updated features such as self-closing drawers, premium counter tops and gleaming metal surfaces adds a visual interest and tactile appeal that buyers will notice and love. Avoid simply adding new counter tops to outdated cabinetry. 

4. Be consistent throughout the home

When upgrading a space, remember that it is important to carry themes, textures, colors and styles throughout the entire home instead of stopping abruptly with just one space. This type of consistency will make the entire home appear more spacious and inviting. 

5. Lighten up to revive dated spaces

New designs are trending toward cleaner, more refreshing colors such as grays, blues and white and away from the darker colors and endless expanses of taupe of the past decade. Heavy stone and Tuscan styles are being replaced with the lighter feel of man-made quartz and other materials that reflect light and open up dated spaces. 

Updated bathroom6. Use bath spaces wisely

Bathroom space is a premium concern for most buyers, lessening the demand for oversize showers. Instead, today's Southern California home buyer is more likely to opt for bathroom showers that are smaller and make better use of limited bathroom space. Do remember quality when updating showers by choosing heavy glass enclosures and modern, clean looking fixtures. 

7. Spread it around

While kitchen and bathroom renovations typically use up a larger portion of the total home remodeling budget, buyers will want to improvements throughout the home, as well. Remodeling only the kitchen and bathrooms can give your home an unfinished feel that buyers will reject. Instead, set aside a portion of the overall budget to freshen every room in the home so your entire home offers maximum appeal to qualified buyers. 

For even more great tips on preparing your North County San Diego area home for the market, contact The Lund Team today. With more than three decades of providing quality real estate services to home sellers and buyers in the communities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos, Oceanside, Vista and the surrounding areas, they can help you prepare your home for the market and then get it sold quickly for the best possible price. Give us a call today to get started. 

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