3 Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen in 2016

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It?s springtime, and for many homeowners, that means: remodeling time!

There?s a number of reasons that homeowners choose to remodel. High among them is resale value. A minor kitchen remodel, for example, has an ROI of almost 83%. That means: you remodel your kitchen and get to spend multiple years using a great, functional, up-to-date space. Then when it comes time to sell your home and move on, you get 83% of what you spent back; and, it helps your home sell more quickly!

While kitchen remodeling can be expensive — no one?s going to remodel a kitchen on $200 and a bit of DIY magic — most homeowners would agree that they?re well worth the price. If you?re planning on redoing your kitchen this year, there?s a few things you should keep in mind.

1. Know the Difference Between Modern and Trendy

You want a kitchen that looks up to date, but if you?re looking for solid ROI, you don?t want a kitchen that?s so trendy it looks dated in three years. Farmhouse sinks, for example, are modern but have been around long enough that it?s clear they?re not a fleeting trend. On the other hand, 80s style mirror backsplashes as Forbes suggests to readers? Not so likely to be a selling point a few years down the line.

2. Granite Countertops

Laminate countertops are popular and they are affordable, but they don?t exactly scream quality and durability the way granite and quartz do. Quartz can be worth the investment just because it is so popular with people searching for new homes (and you?ll get your money?s worth out of it, yourself!). If the investment feels like a bit much for your budget, though, consider doing at least part of the kitchen. If you have a kitchen island, for example, this can be a great place for a granite countertop.

3. Keep Usage in Mind

Although light, neutral colors are very in right now, you may want to pause before investing in all-white cabinetry. Lighter colors tend to show stains and smudges a lot more than darker or composite colors — the same goes with very shiny cabinets. Matte paints hide fingerprints, while shine puts them on display — not ideal for families with young children. If your kitchen is already small, it doesn?t make sense, as well, to add appliances or seating that takes away from your available working space.

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