Still looking for a way to spend your refund check? Your kitchen could be a wise place to spend that extra moolah. Remodeling magazine’s 2016 Cost vs. Value report estimates, on average, you’ll get back about 83% of the cost for a minor kitchen remodel if you sell–that’s up 2.5% from last year. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home or do a full kitchen remodel, it’s wise to know where to put your hard-earned cash. Here are four kitchen upgrades worth your refund check:
1. Energy efficient appliances.
In the 2016 Cost vs. Value report, new energy efficient appliances replaced an old cooktop and wall oven as part of the minor kitchen remodel. If your kitchen appliances are dysfunctional or outdated, new appliances could breath new life into the space. Stainless steel is a pretty popular and safe bet for new appliances. Look for Energy Star models to keep your monthly bill down and energy conservation up.
2. Updated kitchen cabinets.
Depending on the size of your refund check you may be able to update all of your cabinet hardware or buy new kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets get daily (sometimes hourly) use, so you know it’ll be money well spent. Go for a timeless style that suits your budget and your family’s needs.
3. New countertops.
If your kitchen countertops are made of laminate, it may be time to update them. Depending on your kitchen design style, granite, concrete, or even stainless steel could be great options. According to the 2016 Countertop Buyer’s Guide, granite costs between$100-$225 per square foot, concrete costs anywhere from $75-$200, and stainless steel costs between $70-$145. Be sure to shop around to get the best deal!
4. Cabinet organization.
It’s tempting only to upgrade what meets the eye, but interior cabinet organization is a must for great kitchen design! Add functional upgrades like door-mounted racks for spices and cutting boards, pull-out organizers for pots and pans and drawer trays for flatware and kitchen utensils. Not only will they add function, but they’ll save you time, too!
Get started on your kitchen upgrades or kitchen remodel today with the help of TheRTAStore. Our friendly kitchen design experts are just a click or call away. Plus, take advantage of our online free kitchen design service to get a realistic picture of what your new, remodeled kitchen could look like!