Ask any realtor and besides location, the upgrades and functionality of your home are most important to prospective buyers. If your home is dark or the décor is out dated, you will have trouble selling it if other properties show better. Perhaps you are not interested in selling your Oakville or Mississauga home, but just want a bigger, brighter kitchen with granite and more space. Statistics show that money invested in a kitchen is money well spent, since it brings high returns – increasing the value of your home and making it more desirable to prospective homebuyers.
If you are looking to renovate your kitchen, it is important to work with a general contractor that has interior renovation experience who knows design trends. Granite is one of the most desired upgrades, along with stainless steel appliances. Kitchen desks used to be the rage, but are now in decline since most find them to be a place that collects clutter rather than a useful working space. Skylights have declined in popularity as improperly installed skylights can leak and cause maintenance nightmares. Large windows or sliding doors to the exterior, which let in more light and a feeling of the outdoors are currently in vogue.
General contractor, Jim Carcone, has been doing home and kitchen renovations for over 25 years, including heritage and modern homes. He understands the need for functionality in the kitchen blended with design: “The kitchen is usually the main gathering spot in the house, where you entertain friends and family. It should appeal to the home chefs as well as serve as a comfortable space to relax, enjoy meals and celebrate special occasions. Many people are finding they rarely use their formal dining rooms and are removing one wall to make a larger kitchen with eat in area. We have also done a lot of home additions since people want to expand their kitchens or add on solarium rooms to feel closer to nature.”
Having a kitchen renovation expert consult with you can make all the difference. While you may have a vision you want for your kitchen, a good contractor can help you understand all of your options in terms of moving walls, adding windows, changing plumbing, cabinets and flooring. When you consider how much time is spent in the kitchen, a kitchen renovation makes great sense if you are planning on staying in your home. Less expensive renovations and minor changes may be all you need to make your home more marketable if you plan to sell it, and a good contractor can help you make the best changes for return on investment.
Jim Carcone offers free consultations for kitchen renovations in Oakville, Mississauga, Milton, Georgetown and the GTA. You can reach him at (416) 953-5185 or view his website at: www.carconeconstruction.ca.