Remodelling Your Kitchen Pays Dividends

Author: Lonny DeWalt  Date: 2018-01-04

Remodelling Your Kitchen Pays Dividends


When selling your home, the kitchen is the often the most important room for your potential buyer. So, when you’re thinking about remodelling any part of your house, the kitchen will almost always give you the highest return when you come to sell particularly if your budget can stretch to around 8-10% of the value of your home and the quality of the installation is good.


Since remodeling the kitchen is such a big job, it’s important to think through the various elements of what you might want for your kitchen. Don’t thinking only about resale, think about what YOU want to work and live with meanwhile.


There are things that are worth splurging on and things that aren’t. For instance, these are worth considering:

a)      a 2nd sink positioned outside the main cooking area so another person can help with preparation and/or bartending and space for washing hands.

b)      soft-closure, fully extending drawers – these will allow you to reach to the back of the drawers by pulling them out completely and eliminating, almost completely, any slamming.

c)      decorative panels on cabinet – these give exposed ends and sides of cabinets a finished, custom-built furniture look.


Things to avoid:

a)      stock pot filler – do you really want to carry a pot full of hot, maybe boiling water across the kitchen, regardless of the easy fill at the beginning?

b)      distressed, glazed or crackle finish on cabinets – these can add up to 30% to the cost.

c)      wine refrigerator – does it really matter to you if 18 bottles of wine are at precisely 55°F?


When planning your budget and allocating costs, keep your existing layout because moving the plumbing, electrical connections and gas lines can get really expensive and cause days of delays. You might also want to consider these percentages :

a)      29% for cabinets and hardware

b)      22% for design and installation

c)      16% for ceilings, floors, walls, windows and doors

d)     14% for appliances and ventilation

e)      9% for electrical and plumbing


One Area Where You Can Save Big Bucks - Cabinets


a)      Choose a supplier that offers as standard the styles and finishes of the cabinets door, instead of these being upgrades which cost more.

b)      Don’t include customized organizers in your cabinets. Rollout trays for cans or bottles, drawer dividers for utensils and spice racks on the backs of doors can be bought online or in dollar shops much more cheaply.

c)      Decline custom configurations of your cabinets – wine bottle organizers, appliance panels, etc. can require expensive custom cabinets. You may not needs these or can deal with them with inexpensive accessories later.

d)     Factory-made cabinets may not be made-to-order but may have better benefits than the local craftsmen can offer. For instance:

·          25 year warranties for the cabinets, workmanship, accessories & hardware

·          Cabinets manufactured in environmentally-controlled facilities resulting in less warping and splitting

·          Cutting tools that are computerized for more precise joinery.

·          Dust-free finishing rooms for baked-on, glass smooth finishes that local craftsmen can’t replicate.


With some careful consideration and a bit of planning you can have a kitchen that meets your current needs and will provide the asset everyone wants when selling the family home and moving on.