With all of the time in the world to choose your home, once you’ve got it, you love it. After a couple of years, though, you may start to feel like you need a change – and a change is good! Making changes to your home is a great way to add value, and a better way to make your home your own.
Cooking Becomes a Pleasure
Here in the United States, we rely on eating out, and we rely on eating out far more often than we should. In the 1950s, eating out was rare, and a treat, but since McDonald’s blazed to popularity and other restaurants took the hint, and began franchising in a race for the most dollars, people have been presented with a litany of cheap, fast food options that can be gotten at the last minute. Cooking at home is always a better, and healthier option, and a new kitchen is just the thing to get your cooking arm in gear. New appliances with stunning features and accuracy, a refrigerator with plenty of room and cool new controls, and fresh pots and pans will entice you to try out those time-tested recipes for your significant other, or for your family.
You’ll Know the Condition of Your Kitchen’s Plumbing
Before you remodel, it is very important to have your kitchen’s plumbing inspected. It is also wise to have the wiring inspected, particularly if you plan to install new appliances. Doing this is not just about making the process of choosing your new kitchen easier, but it’s about making sure that your safety comes first. When your kitchen is a safe, productive place, you can enjoy all of benefits of whipping up that multi-course meal, and only worry about burning your chicken (or tofu) cacciatore.
Your Home Value Goes Up
When it comes time for you to remodel your kitchen, it is recommended that you aim to spend no more than 25% of the value of your home. If your home is worth $250,000, your budget should ideally be around $62,000. This certainly seems like quite a bit of money to those of us that have no idea of the costs of making such strong, dramatic changes to your home, but things like a new refrigerator, new flooring, changing wall colors or adding wallpaper, and refinishing cabinets begin to add up. But with all of the money that you’ll be pouring into the improvement of your home, the benefits, besides a greater sense of pride, could be financial: in the event that you have to leave your home, you can rest assured that your brand-new kitchen is going to be the cornerstone of a higher asking price. Kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that garner the most attention from potential home-buyers, so the best thing that you can do for your future (and the future of your home) is to keep up with its aesthetic maintenance.