A kitchen remodel offers numerous benefits to the homeowner and a remodeling professional can produce dream results. That’s because an experienced kitchen remodeler comes with years of installing kitchens of every imaginable style and complexity level, knows trends, has quick access to a wide variety of supplies at a savings, and has the experience and knowledge to ensure proper and timely installation of new and disposal of old materials.
Benefits of kitchen remodeling include saving money in the long term, a faster home sale at a higher price, time savings with greater efficiency in the kitchen when preparing meals, increased storage space, improved comfort levels, clean and decluttered space, improved look and style, and a safer kitchen.
Saving Money in the Long Term
Water – The average faucet runs 2.2 gallons per minute, while low-flow models run 1.5 gallons per minute. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, a low-flow faucet that reduces water flow about 30% can save a home 700 gallons of water a year. WaterSense labeled faucets and faucet accessories (such as aerators) are high–performing, water-efficient fixtures that will help reduce water use in the kitchen, saving money on water bills. A professional remodeler knows what’s current and has access to a range of these fixtures.
Power – Energy-saving appliances and LED lighting can cut power bills dramatically. In the kitchen, the best appliances for energy efficiency are the refrigerator and dishwasher. ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models. Models with top-mounted freezers use 10%-25% less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount units. According to energystar.gov, a dishwasher that has earned the ENERGY STAR gets your dishes clean while using less water and energy, and costs about $35 a year to run. On average, U.S. households run their dishwashers about 4 times per week, for a total of over 200 times per year. ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers use less energy than conventional models, helping reduce air pollution and protecting the climate. With a kitchen redesign, a professional remodeler identifies appliances with the ENERGY STAR symbol. All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to strict efficiency standards and are certified by an independent third party.
Sell Your Home for a Higher Price
Buyers have demonstrated a willingness to pay higher prices for homes with attractive and up-to-date kitchen designs. According to a recent survey, 80% of homebuyers placed the kitchen in their list of top three most important spaces. That’s because many people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. Home values increase with added beauty, energy efficiency, and updated appliances which are all accomplished with a kitchen remodel. In fact, the national average Return On Investment (ROI) for a major upscale kitchen remodel is almost 54%. That means a recoup of about $68,000 after spending around $126,000. The average cost of a minor kitchen remodel is about $21,000, and the average amount recouped is $17,000. The return on investment being 81%.
Save Time and Increase Efficiency When Preparing Meals
Cooking in an older kitchen can result in wasted time using outdated technology. Meals can often be prepared more efficiently following a kitchen remodel, allowing more time to enjoy meals with family. With proper kitchen remodeling, the owner has complete control over the layout of the appliances and counter space. An efficient kitchen keeps the distance between main workstations as short as possible. Most well-planned kitchens harness a triangle – the shape of the area between the refrigerator, stove, and sink. In addition, something as simple as adding a kitchen island can enhance the comfort of working in the kitchen. It’s also a great spot for entertaining and quick meals, too. A remodeling professional can advise on kitchen island options and recommend a surface that not only enhances kitchen appearance, but will withstand hot pots, sharp knives and general wear and tear.
Add Increased Storage Space
Need more cabinets or more pantry space? Grocery stores now offer family size product lines that won’t fit in many current cabinets. Remodeling is the ideal opportunity to increase storage space and efficiencies. In small kitchens, a remodeling professional can offer numerous ideas for getting the most out of your storage space including but not limited to hanging pegboard, using the tops of cabinets, using the backsplash.
Increase Comfort Levels
Dated kitchens can feel uncomfortable, small, or cramped. A new kitchen floor plan can help and a remodeling professional can advise on a variety of lighting options, furnishings, and colors to make a kitchen coordinated, comfortable, and an inviting place. A remodeling professional works with the homeowner to listen to both needs and wants, budget, and recommends options to produce the dream kitchen.
Clean and Declutter Your Space
Kitchen redesign gets rid of undesirable surfaces and unnecessary elements in kitchens giving them a fresh, clean look and feel. A remodeling professional can give recommendations here.
Get the Desired Kitchen Style
Though one factor in buying a home is appeal, the kitchen may not have been current when moving in or is outdated now. Kitchen remodeling provides the opportunity to create the desired look, style, and environment. There are numerous styles available in kitchen design today and a remodeling professional is aware of these, has the necessary installation experience, and has longstanding sources to secure the best selection and price on materials.
Make Your Kitchen Safer
Health hazards can exist in dated kitchens including unsafe wiring, mold, and mildew. A remodeling professional can ensure that electrical is up to code and can handle any new load incurred. GFCI devices are installed instead of typical outlets (these are generally required anywhere near water, like kitchens).
Save Time and Money by Hiring a Remodeling Pro
Hiring a remodeling professional will save time and money while bringing expertise to a kitchen project. They relieve hassles and stress as well as significantly reduce the risk of mistakes or a project malfunctioning. The result is a functional, efficient dream kitchen that an owner can be proud of and enjoy with others.