If youíre one of those many people who is planning on doing upgrades and renovations to your kitchen before putting their kitchen on the market, you are in good company. Many home owners have caught on that the more inviting that their home is when prospective buyers come to tour it, the more likely that itíll sell; and the kitchen is one of the most valuable renovations that you can do in your home in terms of resale value.
A small, unorganized kitchen can be a pretty big turn off for buyers because the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in pretty much anyoneís home. While a small kitchen can be difficult to work in, a poorly laid out small kitchen is an even bigger obstacle to overcome for a buyer who is interested in your home. The key to this issue is making the small space work better for you.
There are a few ways that you can transform a tiny kitchen space into an efficient little workstation thatís a delight to create in. One way to deal with a tiny space is to make it look bigger; if your kitchen has dark walls, counters, or cabinetry there is a lot of benefit to replacing those items with light versions and painting the walls a light color or white. Dark colors will make any room seem smaller while a light colour makes the walls recede. A brighter kitchen is also more pleasant to work in; while a dark kitchen can be gloomy and foreboding.
Another way to make a small space appear bigger is by installing smaller appliances. Many types of appliances come in smaller versions for apartments. While you might think that a smaller fridge is just not going to work for you due to the space limitations, you should realize that trading off having to go to the grocery store slightly more often is probably well worth having more space in your kitchen.
Yet another option for appliances is using built-in options; instead of a regular stove consider an induction cook top with a built in oven elsewhere in the kitchen. This way you can have a flat cook top that you can put a large cutting board on top of and use as counter space, while using the area under it for storage. A built in wall oven can be placed where itís a better use of space. Many other types of appliances come in a built in version as well, like microwaves and coffeemakers.
When you set out to create a more efficient and buyer-friendly kitchen, itís a good idea to at least talk to a kitchen designer to ensure that youíre spending your renovation money wisely and achieving the result that youíre looking for. Itís easy to spend a lot of money and end up with a kitchen that is inefficient and unattractive, yet completely brand new; so spend your money wisely!
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