How Can I Update My Kitchen on a Budget?

Real Estate Agent with Remax Champions SL 3032545

Considering selling your Trinity home?


You may be thinking of putting your Trinity home up for sale. Maybe your family is getting bigger and you need to upgrade the kitchen.  Or perhaps you’ve had too much HGTV, and you are thinking about updating your kitchen.


Updates and remodeling are fun, challenging, tiring and stressful. They are also costly.


Money is always an issue when it comes to home remodeling projects, but if your kitchen is in need of updating, there are several things you can do to improve your kitchen’s aesthetics without going over your budget.


Top tips on updating the kitchen


1. Refinish the cabinets. A little paint goes a long way. One of the easiest ways to update the house is by refinishing it.


Getting it refinished professionally will set you back around $1000. If you love DIY and have the time for it, you can just buy the supplies which will cost you around $200 - $300. f your cabinets look scratched, sand them, prime and paint them, and you’ll have great looking cabinets in no time.


2. Change the hardware.  Replace all the knobs and handles of your cabinets. Consider the hardware as your kitchen’s accessories. You want to update them to make buyer like how your kitchen looks.


3. Get new lighting fixtures. Your kitchen’s light sets the mood. You probably don’t notice it, but if you’ve been using a light fixture for several years, it’s not as bright as it was before. Getting new lighting fixtures will not only brighten the kitchen space, it also helps enhance the room’s appeal.



4. Consider tiling the backsplash. Though not necessary, the backsplash saves your wall from the grease, oil and splatter cooking produces. It also adds beauty to the kitchen. To tile the backsplash, you can either get a handyman to do it for you, or you can do it yourself.


Homes for Sale in Longleaf Trinity FL - These updates will make your Longleaf Trinity home for sale warm and welcoming.


Backsplash, in general, can be pricey, but shop around and you’ll find less expensive ones that will add color and creativity to your kitchen.


5. Swap your countertop. Granite and quartz countertop are in  right now, but if you don’t have the budget for that, you have other options like laminate or ceramic countertops. Not only are these materials cheaper, they are also easy to install, easy to clean, heat and scratch resistance and durable.


6. Create more space. Would you like a more spacious kitchen for entertaining?


One way to update your kitchen and create an open, more modern look and easy flow is to knock down the wall between the kitchen and the adjoining room. In some homes, doing this may damage the structural strength of the house, so consider a “pass through” instead. It is also a lot more affordable.


This project requires a certain skill, so make sure you hire the right person for this.


The kitchen is the heart of the home. You want your Trinity home kitchen to not just be functional but also warm and welcoming. Doing these updates will make your kitchen more bright, modern and spacious.


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Call me, Victoria Legrow, at (813) 679 7437. As one of top Trinity REALTORS®, I can help you manage things easier by answering your concerns and taking care of real estate related problems. Together, we can successfully sell your home.


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Comments (5)

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

All very good ideas!  I didn't think about how tiling the backsplash could add a whole new wow factor.

Oct 10, 2017 07:07 PM

Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate It is a great idea! Thanks.

Nov 10, 2017 06:30 AM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

Love this, Victoria! Updating the light fixtures can be a very inexpensive way to improve the kitchen. Recessed lighting is especially nice if the kitchen has one of those clunky 80s/90s "light boxes". :)

Oct 10, 2017 07:50 PM

Sonja Patterson That is a great idea! Thank you.

Nov 10, 2017 06:33 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If you are selling, some minor updates can help, but big ones will only  cost you money.

Oct 11, 2017 03:00 AM

William Feela It definitely will! So let us stick to the updates that are within our budget.

Nov 10, 2017 06:36 AM
LaShonda Solomon
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Kennesaw, GA
Serving Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Bartow Counties

As a buyers agent, I often hear buyers complain about the lack of kitchen updates in a home.  Unfortunately, many sellers think that an update is just out of their budget.  You provided some simple updates that would be easy for a buyer or seller to take on.  Great info!

Oct 11, 2017 04:33 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Rehabbing/refreshing the kitchen is always a good thing to do for bringing in top dollar for your home.

Oct 11, 2017 10:28 AM