Does your kitchen lack the compelling nature it once had? We all know that kitchens and baths sell houses.
Do your cabinets lack structural integrity? If not then update the space by cleaning them and adding a current counter top material such as granite, quartz or marble. Be sure to upgrade the knobs and pulls as well as add a new backsplash.
Do your homework and look at materials for these upgrades in magazines and online resources or hire a designer for a couple of hours to direct you to the “what’s not to like” look that will ensure no one is turned off by your selections. Prepare to spend from $2,500 up to $4,500+ to upgrade this part of the project, depending on the list price of your property.
If you have worn out the life of the cabinets themselves, replace them to get top dollar for your resale. Using a simple style here will go a long way to encouraging the prospective homeowners to see themselves adding personal touches to get the move-in ready condition in highest demand. Use door styles that have a low profile like the immensely popular Mission or Shaker style in a white or other light finish. This will convey cleanliness and order to the area. If you purchase entry level or stock cabinetry, you can expect to pay another $5,000 to $7,000 for the cabinets plus what is required for counters, backsplash, knobs and plumber.
You may also be adding can lights or under-cabinet lighting through the work of an electrician. You will additionally have
charges for demolition, delivery and installation. If you are replacing all the kitchen cabinets, expect to spend $10,000 for a small one to $20,000 for something a bit larger. This is considered a remodel that does not include new flooring, appliances or moving walls. However if your appliances are very outdated or not working at peak performance, you may want to add a stainless steel appliance package as well.
Here’s the good news: the buyer who thinks a new kitchen will cost $50,000 will not ask you to take that off the listing price and will be delighted to have had you remove a major obstacle for them in buying your house!
Author: Liz Yingling, CEO Design Resources of Georgia
The Mary Busey Harris, CAE, Professionalism Award is presented to a NARI member or chapter staff person who has shown exceptional leadership, devotion, dedication, and accomplishment through his or her efforts to promote NARI as a professional organization at the local level.
Affectionately referred to as “Mr. NARI” because of his extensive knowledge of his local chapter’s organization, Jesse Morado, CR, has served as the executive director of his local chapter and successfully organized more than 30 years of historical data onto a cloud-based system. He has also streamlined and organized all the forms the chapter uses. In addition, he’s authored and organized a procedures manual for the chapter that details all events and activities the chapter participates in. This is just a taste of his dedication to education, ethics and professionalism in the industry.
An active member of NARI since 1994 Jesse has served as President of his NARI Atlanta Chapter twice, served as the chapters Education Chair and has served as Education and Membership Chair at the National level. Jesse became a Certified Remodeler in 1994 and has worked in the residential design build market since 1998.
NARI is pleased to present Jesse Morado, CR, of the Atlanta Chapter with the Mary Busey Harris, CAE Professionalism Award.
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
Remodeling. You have dreamed about it, saved for it, and now you are raring to get started. But hold your horses for a minute. To ensure a smooth remodeling process and the desired outcome, you need to get organized from the beginning.
“The best advice for someone undertaking a remodeling project (interior or exterior) is to plan, plan, plan! There is no substitute for it on the front end of a project. And if you do it on the front end, the during and after parts are much more tolerable because you have turned over most of the rocks and found most (never all) of the potential pitfalls. It is always easier to create solutions when you have already explored the what ifs.” – Jennifer D. Reed. CMKBD, CAPS, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“When exploring a remodeling project, determine which parts of the project scope for you are ‘required,’ ‘desired’ or ‘optional.’ This list will enable you to better set a desired budget, while also determining whether additional financing may be needed or explored. Having scope and budgeting priorities will enable better collaboration with design, minimize change orders and narrow down selections. The contract scope, along with the drawings, also will help guide you and your remodeler in a beneficial and collaborative process during construction.” – Scott Foerst, Atlanta Remodeling Consultant
“Take advantage of online resources, such as Houzz.com, for ideas and inspiration. Houzz is an excellent tool for researching different looks and color schemes. Many clients find it incredibly helpful in narrowing down their personal style. Your “pinned” photos are also very helpful to the design team in helping us understand what you like and don’t like. This makes the design and selections process go by much smoother. Don’t be afraid to push the envelope in the design process! The most beautiful, award-winning designs are created with concepts that are new and not found all over the Internet, in magazines or on HGTV. When you dare to be a trendsetter and trust the experts, you won’t be disappointed!” – Melissa Austin, Atlanta Kitchen and Bath Designer/Selections Coordinator
What is your best advice for surviving and thriving during a remodeling project?
Source: MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], a design/build company - NARI Atlanta member, www.MosaicGroupAtlanta.com