The Property Mom: Tips for Updating Your Kitchen on a Budget

The kitchen is often considered “the heart of the home.” It is where families and friends gather to cook, eat, and spend quality time together. In the real estate world, kitchens are often the room that will make or break the sale of a property. However, the average kitchen renovation runs between about $20,000 and $50,000. If you are eager to update your kitchen, but don’t have the budget for a complete remodel, here are some ways you can get a fresh new look for less:

  • Refinish your cabinets: One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If your current cabinets are in good working condition but you don’t like the style, consider keeping them and just giving them a fresh new look. Painting cabinets bright white is a great way to disguise outdated cabinets. If your need new cabinets but your budget is tight, installing some stylish shelves in place of upper cabinets is a functional and attractive way to both store and display your pretty dishware.

  • Update Appliances & Fixtures: If the sink, faucets, and appliances in your kitchen are over ten years old, they are likely showing signs of wear and may not offer some of the convenience and operating features that today’s products offer. Replacing these elements are easy ways to add value and give your kitchen a whole new look without breaking the bank. Just make sure to purchase appliances that match (white, black or stainless steel) and are the same quality level.

  • Add New Hardware: Cabinet hardware is a worthwhile upgrade, as it is inexpensive and can subtly enhance the look and feel of your entire kitchen. Before you start shopping, count the total number of handles and pulls in your kitchen so you can easily determine if the hardware you like will fit within your budget. Also, resist the temptation to pick hardware that is too cutesy or personal. Instead, opt for something that is modern, but simple.

  • Light It Up: Lighting is so important in any room, and bringing in more and better lighting to your kitchen is always a good idea. Choose some well-designed pendant lights to add style and extra light over your breakfast bar. Also, adding under-cabinet lighting is another great way to make a big impact without breaking the bank.

  • Add a New Backsplash: An updated backsplash can transform the entire look of a kitchen. And since a backsplash is very limited in square footage (usually somewhere between 10 and 40 square feet) it is an easy-to-tackle area that won’t eat your budget.

  • Splurge Sensibly: If you have your heart set on having a certain material in your new kitchen, go ahead and splurge! To help keep the cost down though, try using that material in a way that will make a big impact but for less money. For example, instead of redoing all your countertops in that beautiful new marble or granite you have been eyeing, use it just for your kitchen island.

Marissa Martini-Cyprys is a licensed real estate agent with the Maryanski Group at Keller Williams City Life Realty. As a resident and homeowner in Hoboken, she has extensive knowledge of the local residential real estate market. When she is not busy helping her clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jon and little boys Jacob and Cameron, and taking advantage of the wonderful community resources, activities and events Hoboken offers young families.

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