When renovating your home, you may not think about how those changes will affect the home's value if you plan on living in the home indefinitely. However, it's often good for homeowners to think about how the changes they make will affect a home's resale value and their ability to get back the money they spend, in case they do ever want to sell the home. Note a few kitchen renovations that may add value to your home and discuss these with a real estate agent if you want to know for sure that they will give you a good return on your investment.
1. Adding windows and light
Kitchens are sometimes notorious for being dark, since wall space needs to be used for cupboards and appliances so they can't all have windows. If you can add windows or enlarge the windows of your kitchen to bring in more natural light, this might make your kitchen much more attractive and give it a more open and airy feeling. You might also consider skylights if there is space for them and you cannot add windows.
Even the largest of kitchens can often use more storage, and adding organizational features to keep things neat and organized in the kitchen may also add value to the space. Work with your contractor to make use of every available space in the kitchen and shop for cabinets and cupboards that have built-in racks, slots, and other such features to help keep things organized and neat.
3. Filtering system
Adding a water filter to the kitchen's plumbing might be appreciated by potential homebuyers, as they may be concerned about lead and other contaminants in their drinking water. However, remember that you want a system that is easy to maintain and affordable to use, so if you add a filtering system to your kitchen renovation plans, opt for one that is accessible, which means anyone can change the filter quickly and easily.
4. Energy efficiency
Anything you can do to help people save on their utility bills will usually improve your home's resale value. Look for energy-efficient appliances including a refrigerator with zone cooling so you can adjust the temperature in more than just the fridge and freezer space, and dishwashers with several different settings so you don't waste water with any load. A programmable oven that shuts itself off can also mean not wasting power or even overcooking your food.