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Choosing the right finishes for a kitchen update

So... you are thinking of doing some updating instead of moving.  One of the most common areas to update is the kitchen.  Whether you plan to be in the home for the long haul, or only a couple more years, there is a lot to think about when choosing what to do with the update.  It might be tempting to skimp on the budget if you expect to move in a couple years.  But, doing it right will help your resale value.

The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid:

Cheap Laminate Countertops: The bottom rung of laminate is extremely susceptible to wear and tear. It can melt if you forget to place a hot pad under a pan that’s fresh out of the oven and the edges can chip off from repeated exposure to moisture and heat.

Flat Paint: A flat or matte finish is great in rooms with lower traffic, but it’s a bad idea in the kitchen where the walls are regularly exposed to splatters and spills. You need paint that can withstand an occasional heavy scrubbing, so opt for gloss or semi-gloss finishes.

Trendy Backsplash: If you watch any home remodeling show, you’ll certainly see kitchens with expensive, elaborate backsplash designs and materials. Those trends can be pricey to pursue and can look dated in a hurry. Subway tile is a cheaper, classic option that you’ll never regret, plus you’ll have more room in your budget to purchase quality materials to be used elsewhere.

Cheap Flooring: Just like the countertops, your kitchen floor needs to be strong enough to take some abuse. Cheap flooring easily scuffs and peels (especially from moisture). Quality flooring is worth the investment.

If you are thinking of moving instead, please contact me so we can discuss how to best market your home and whatever finishes it has.  

Adam Tarr PC
Realty ONE Group
480-236-7374
adam@WeAreAZRealEstate.com


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