If you want to boost your home’s resale value and marketability, consider a kitchen upgrade. If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, you might feel nervous about investing too much in remodeling. Will you get your money back at resale? Here are some ways you can spruce up your kitchen and gain that resale value on a budget:

1. Cabinet Refinishing

Cabinets are the biggest component of your kitchen renovation and they are also one of the most expensive factors of the upgrade. If your cabinet boxes are functional, consider cabinet painting. Edmonton cabinet painters can refinish your existing cabinet doors, drawer fronts and boxes. If you have wood cabinets, have them refinished and stained to show off that rich wood grain. If you want to paint them a colour, choose a neutral colour that is appealing to a greater number of buyers. Choosing white can really update your old cabinets and make the kitchen feel large and bright. Read more articles about cabinet refinishing.

2. Buy used or ‘scratch and dent’ appliances.

Upgrading your old appliances can make your kitchen more functional and attractive. Sometimes builders and contractors donate or sell any appliances that might have a minor, unnoticeable scratch or dent, or any appliances that are just overstock, to reuse stores. In Edmonton, we have the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Here you’ll find home improvement and building supplies donated by homeowners and contractors at a fraction of the cost of new. It’s a bit hit and miss if you take this route to update your appliances, but if you’re patient and a little lucky, you could really score.

3. Go with laminate countertops.

It’s true that granite and other natural stone countertops are the most popular choice for kitchen countertops. They’re durable, beautiful and can add value to your home, but if you’re just giving your kitchen a facelift to sell your home quickly, this expensive countertop option might not give you a great return on the investment. High quality laminate countertops come in a huge selection of colours, textures and designs and can really mimic the look of those granite countertops. They’re cost-effective, durable and can give your kitchen the fresh new look you’re after. You’ll especially like their lower price tag. Learn how to select laminate countertops.

A kitchen renovation can add real value to you home and can increase your appraisal value. Consider these cost-saving tips to make your kitchen more attractive to buyers, sell faster and get a return on your investment.