Do new cabinets add value to a home before selling? 

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Anyone who has built a new home or underwent a renovation project knows that decisions surrounding cabinets are significant. Gone are the days where there were a mere handful of cabinet styles and wood types. Now, the selections are vast and complicated. It helps to have the guidance of an experienced designer to navigate the process. 

The good news is there is long-term payoff when new cabinets are added to a home. Updating cabinetry is a surefire way to not only increase aesthetics but also value. Once you make the decision to upgrade your cabinetry, there are a set of new decisions to be made. Below are several tips to help you get from point A to point B with optimism. 

Replacing vs. refacing: The age of your kitchen typically determines much of what you should or could do with your existing cabinets. If you have an older home with a dated layout, you may want to consider a full or partial remodel so your kitchen will appeal to modern homebuyers. Conversely, if your kitchen is relatively new, refacing your cabinets may be the best option. Refacing is a less expensive alternative but still increases the value of your home. 

To reface with maximum effect, it’s helpful when the boxes of your cabinets are still in optimal shape. If you’re unfamiliar with the process of refacing, installers peel away your cabinets’ outer panels/coverings and replace them with a new design. This process will drastically affect the overall appearance of your kitchen; however, if your cabinets are run-down, damaged or partially broken, total cabinet replacement may be necessary. 

If you have a strict budget or if your cabinets are questionable in terms of lifespan, updating your kitchen with new cabinets is a definite way to increase your home’s value as well as its visual appeal. 

ROI on a kitchen remodel: Although it may sound exhausting to renovate your kitchen prior to putting it on the market, the benefits will outweigh the headaches. Reports show that homeowners usually make 60% to 80% return on investment (ROI). While remodeling may not be necessary if your home is in really good condition, it should be considered if other parts of your home are less than desirable. 

Further, keep in mind that even small updates can make a huge impact. For instance, painting your cabinets and changing out the hardware can do a lot for visual appeal. Other ideas are adding colorful backsplash, ensuring appliances match, replacing light fixtures or staging the space with modern furniture. 

More enjoyable space: If you’re not planning to list your home, replacing or updating cabinets can also offer more joy to you and your family while you’re living in the house. It’s true that the kitchen is the heart of home, it’s the place where everyone hangs out and makes memories, so why not make it the kitchen you’ve always wanted? Upgrading cabinetry not only improves the ambiance but can also provide additional storage. 

If you’re ready to upgrade the cabinets in your kitchen, bath or another room in the home, contact Braemar today. Our designers are ready to get started on your dream kitchen. 

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