5 Low-Cost Kitchen Upgrades

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Tips & Tricks & Handy Advice

5 Low-Cost Kitchen UpgradesKitchens are one of the rooms buyers scrutinize most closely when they’re shopping for a home. A kitchen that appears to be outdated in comparison to other homes in the community can turn off buyers. While you don’t want to invest a large amount of money in your home if you’re planning to sell it, here are some relatively low-cost kitchen upgrades that can impress buyers:

1. Hardware.
Replacing cabinet hardware, such as handles, knobs, and hinges is a quick way to add class to your kitchen. According to HouseLogic.com, an average kitchen is 200 square feet with 30 linear feet of cabinetry, which equates to about 40 handles and knobs. Averaging between $2 and $20 per knob or pull, a home owner can expect to spend from $80 to $800 for this enhancement.

2. Faucet.
There are endless options for modern faucets. Most popular in newer homes are “gooseneck” faucets with pullout hoses. Prices vary widely depending on brand and features, but you can expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a decent faucet.

3. Lighting.
You can never have too much lighting in the kitchen! Install LED under cabinet lighting for about $40.

4. Organization.
Practical storage in the kitchen will go a long way. Simple additions like baskets in the pantry, drawer organizers, cabinet racks for pots and pans, and stackable shelves for cabinets can run you under $100.

5. Countertops.
The cost of granite has come down considerably, however you’d still be facing thousands to change from laminate to granite. A cheaper solution is to make the countertops you have more appealing. No matter what type of countertops you have, clear everything off of them and give them a good scrubbing and polish. Expose as much counter space as possible. The cost? Elbow grease and time!

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