When Should You Remodel Your Kitchen?
The kitchen is often the heart of any home. It’s where the food is prepared, and, in many cases, it’s also where a family, going about their separate lives, finally get together to bond and share in the events of the day. It’s a place that’s both practical and at the same time an emotionally nurturing space, even if often people simply think of it as the place “food is made and eaten.”
That’s one of the reasons why to remodel your kitchen can often be an important goal for a home. Changing the kitchen can sometimes change the character of a home. But there are essentially two different times when people think about remodeling their kitchen. The question you have to ask yourself is, which time is the one that’s right for you?
If your kitchen is old and feeling out of date, or you’ve just moved into a previously owned home that hasn’t seen a significant kitchen remodel in many years, then this is probably the best time to remodel your kitchen strictly for your own tastes.
When you know that you are planning to get many years of use out of the kitchen, your first priority for remodeling should always be to get the space done exactly as you see fit. This means that when you come to experts like us, here at Cardigan Kitchens & Bathrooms, you should be thinking only of yourself, your needs for the kitchen and what looks best for you. Indulge yourself, and the needs for your kitchen, because this truly is your kitchen. You’re going to be using it, so your preferences should take priority. Make it clear during the consultation that this is all about meeting your needs, so that everyone knows that when the work is done, it’s you who’s going to be walking into this kitchen and using it.
If, on the other hand, you are thinking of having a kitchen remodeled because you want to add value to a home for ultimate resale, then it’s always better to wait. Some renovations, such as modernizing plumbing or electricity, add value to a home and retain that value, simply because they are up to date. Kitchen remodeling on the other hand, varies a lot due to the personal taste involved.
Like clothing, there are design trends and fashions that come and go with a space as highly visible as the kitchen. Open concept kitchens may come as a hot design feature, and then suddenly fade in popularity, becoming as dated and embarrassing as the presence of a bar is in many older homes today. If you want to add value to your home as an investment in resale, then it’s better to remodel your kitchen as close to the sale as you can get it.
Doing a remodel on a kitchen when you’re planning to sell it in 5-10 years may not add as much value as you think. Whereas remodeling the kitchen with the latest design trends as the home itself goes up for sale immediately makes the home much more attractive to new buyers.
Choose Your Time Carefully
The most important thing, when getting a kitchen remodeled is to get professionals to do it, so it only needs to be done once, the right way, without any more worry from you. If the kitchen is for you, get the job done in exactly the way that is the most useful for you. If the kitchen is for resale, put your preferences aside and look at what’s currently popular in the market for new buyers, and remodel your kitchen to that. Then contact us at Cardigan Kitchens & Baths and let us do the rest.