Posted on 05/02/2012
Whether you're thinking of putting your home on the market in the next year or simply looking to maximize its value, your kitchen should be one of your top priorities. As the main gathering spot and source of activity for your home, your kitchen is a major selling point that could make or break a potential buyer's interest level. Here are a few home improvements that can enhance your home's resale value and beautify your kitchen for the foreseeable future.
1. New countertops. Over the years, your countertops can be exposed to a lot of wear and tear that can break down the finish of the surface. According to HGTV, a quality countertop will net you between a 90 and 100 percent return on your investment, so go for the gusto to find a surface that adheres to your sense of style. Stone and recycled materials are wonderful examples of sustainable building materials that can last for years to come.
2. Energy Star appliances. The presence of Energy Star-certified appliances can make a huge difference for potential buyers and can improve the aesthetics of your kitchen. Consider a combination of a convection and standard oven that can be mounted into your wall. This will give your kitchen a streamlined touch and prospective buyers will love to hear that these devices are Energy Star compliant. Best of all, many of these products come with federal tax credits, so you'll be able to write them off on your next tax return, reports Nolo.com.
3. Radiant heat. If you're considering the inclusion of green flooring like bamboo, renewable hardwood or natural linoleum, adding radiant floor heating is a wise choice. This heating system will create an even distribution of heat throughout your space that can help reduce monthly costs and provide a comfortable atmosphere at any time of year. This is one of the most cutting-edge home improvements on the market, so it will instantly make your home more appealing when it's put on the market.
Green kitchen improvements can go a long way toward impressing a prospective buyer and helping you sell your home much faster. But, if you're not ready to sell, you can reap the benefits of these updates for as long as you reside in your current abode.
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