4 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Tuesday Aug 08th, 2017

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Whether you are renovating your kitchen because you have plans to stay in your home for the long haul or you are updating for resale, it’s always best to use quality materials that will stand the test of time and provide a great return on investment should you decide to sell.

Before you swing that sledgehammer, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

Installing Laminate Countertops
While laminate countertops are the most affordable option, they aren’t the best choice when it comes to durability. Not only can they melt if you place a hot pot on the surface, but they are also prone to chipping from repeated exposure to moisture. Plus, home buyers prefer solid surface countertops, like granite or quartz. If durability and resale value is important to you, skip the laminate and invest in a better quality product.

Using Flat Paint
A flat or matte paint finish is great in rooms with lower traffic, like a dining room, but it’s a bad idea in the kitchen where the walls are regularly exposed to splatters and spills. You need paint that can withstand an occasional heavy scrubbing, so opt for a semi-gloss finish or even eggshell, which still gives that flat look, but is easy to clean.

Choosing Trendy Tiles
If you’ve ever watched HGTV or spent time surfing Pinterest, you know that expensive, elaborate backsplash designs and materials are on trend. And, while backsplashes play an important role in the kitchen and they can add to your resale value, the can look dated in a hurry if you don’t choose the right materials. To get the most longevity out of your kitchen’s design, go with a neutral subway tile. It’s not only classic and timeless, but affordable too. 

Installing Cheap Flooring
Just like the countertops, your kitchen flooring needs to be durable enough to take some abuse. Poor quality options easily scuff and peel (especially from moisture) and can look dated in a few short years. If you are choosing wood floors for your kitchen, source a quality hardwood and skip the laminate. You also can’t go wrong with a neutral tile and grout option.

Remember! 
If you are planning a large-scale renovation with the hope of significantly increasing the value of your Greater Toronto Area home, you must consider your audience. A realtor can provide you with valuable information to determine who will most likely buy your home, like a new family, an elderly couple or a working professional. 

Custom renovations that stray from the status quo can limit your audience and increase your days on the market. Always consult the opinion of a trusted realtor before undertaking renovations for resale purposes. Once your upgrades are done, you might just realize that you want to stay after all!

For more information or to book your free home evaluation, please feel free to contact me to discuss.


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