For most of us our kitchen is a very busy place, and often it displays the kind of wear and tear that reflects that fact. After all, it serves as a hangout for hungry (and messy) kids, the gathering spot for conversation and catch up during holiday gatherings and simply the family catch up spot for the family at the end of another busy day. Oh, and people cook there too sometimes..
Having a functional and attractive kitchen is a must in any home, especially if you plan to sell it at some time in the future. In order to have this there does come a time when any kitchen needs an upgrade. Here are five signs that now is the time for kitchen space.
1. Aging Appliances
Maybe your appliances came with the house when you bought it, or you bought new ones at that point, but thinking about it, that was about ten years ago. And you don’t give them too much thought as, for the most part, they work fairly well and they don’t look too bad.
However, not only are older appliances often rather unattractive compared to their newer counterparts (especially if they are starting to rusts or dent) but they are also often far less energy efficient. So if the cost of replacing your older appliances has been holding you back consider that the chances are they may be costing you money anyway, in the form of inflated energy bills.
2. Extra Wear and Tear
No kitchen can be expected to stay in showroom, like-new condition for too long, and signs of wear and tear are perfectly normal. However, anything that goes beyond that does need to be addressed.
Water damage from a leaking fridge or dishwasher can cause mold on and underneath the flooring or peeling on the countertops, floors and walls, depending on the materials.
Cracked, peeling or chipped countertops and floors are prime spots for dangerous bacteria to reside — and hide from cleaning supplies. Even clean counters and floors with stains can cause your guests to think twice when they’re invited over a second time.
3. No More Counter Space
If your counters are cluttered up with appliances and utensils that have no other home to the point that it’s hard to prepare food efficiently (or at all) then it’s time for an upgrade in this area, as ideally efficient counters should be as clutter free as possible, for both aesthetic and practicality purposes.
Adding more counter space in your kitchen doesn’t have to mean tearing down walls and retooling the whole layout. Installing an island is a great and relatively simple way to add counter space and if it’s not a lack space but general clutter that is the problem larger cabinets or deeper drawers will increase storage so you can reclaim your counters.
4. A Lack of Organization
How much of your cooking time in the kitchen is actually spent on food prep versus searching for the right utensils, appliances and dishware?
A disorganized kitchen makes it difficult to find anything, which render your kitchen practically useless. If it’s just easier to order in or go out then struggle to cook in a cluttered kitchen then you really do have problem that needs to be addressed right now.
A new design and organization strategy is a good investment that will get you eating in your own home again and enjoying the cooking process.
5. Your House Isn’t Selling
Saving as much of your money as possible to invest in your new home is often the priority when planning to move, so making as few improvements as possible to the one you are leaving may be at the top of your list. But upgrading your current kitchen before you go is an investment that may very well pay for itself.
Home shoppers usually gravitate first toward the kitchen and it is a very important factor in their home buying decision. So, if you’ve been having trouble selling your home and the kitchen’s outdated — that could be the reason.
These days more than ever buyers are more interested in move-in ready homes that require little or no remodeling. A more appealing, upgraded kitchen can be a motivating factor for buyers, resulting in less time on the market and a better selling price.
Angelica and Aron Pinto serve the real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo market as a husband and wife team known as Team Pinto at Re/Max Solid Gold. If you are looking for the best experience in real estate in the Kitchener Waterloo area and beyond, Angelica and Aron would be pleased to help! Angelica can be reached at 226.988.3696 and Aron at 519.498.8747
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