Modernize Your Kitchen Before Putting it on the Market

According to Remodeling’s 2015 Cost vs Value Report, a midrange major kitchen remodel costs about $62,441 on the West coast, but sellers were able to recoup an average of 81.1% of the cost. Below are the three best improvements to plan that promise the most return of investment.


Although replacing cabinetry is almost always the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel, it will greatly improve the look and feel of your entire kitchen. To save money, pick up ready-to-assemble cabinetry and put them together yourself (or enlist the help of a friend). Paying the retailer for delivery, installation, and assembly is a cost you can definitely choose to avoid.


Although soapstone and granite are very popular, the materials cost a fortune per square foot (around $60-$100). There are plenty of inexpensive options for countertops that will make your kitchen more interesting.

  • Corian: Incredibly durable, scratch-resistant, and long-lasting.
  • Quartz: This newly engineered material is made of ground natural quartz with a small amount of polymer resins, with unlimited color options.
  • Butcher block: Long-lasting and timeless, not to mention easy to clean and maintenance-free.
  • Laminate: Formica and Wilson offer hundreds of different colors and patterns, in both glossy and matte finishes.


This particularly applies to kitchen with vinyl or linoleum that hasn’t been replaced in several decades. There are actually a pretty wide selection of materials out there besides stone and wood to choose from. Here are just a few examples:

  • Concrete (best for modern-industrial designs): $1-$2 per square foot
  • Brick (works with a rustic theme): $1-$4 per square foot
  • Cork (don’t forget a coat of sealer): $1.50-$4 per square foot
  • Vinyl (which can be made to look like bamboo, hardwood, or even natural stone): $2-$5 per square foot
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