A kitchen renovation is more than just a chance to get the space you have always wanted. It is an opportunity to increase the resale value of your home. Unfortunately, poor decisions made during the design and construction of the new kitchen can actually have the opposite effect. To help you avoid a drop in the resale value, here are some renovations missteps that you should reconsider.
Skipping the Permits
Some homeowners attempt to save on the cost of their renovations by skipping the permits. The idea is that the kitchen renovation might not catch the attention of local authorities. However, forgoing the permits now could come at a cost later.
When a potential buyer has an inspection of your home conducted, it is likely that the unlicensed renovation will come to light. The buyer's lender could require that you obtain the necessary permits before the loan for the home is approved.
By that point, the codes could have changed and you will end up spending far more to bring your kitchen up to code. Worse yet, buyers might be reluctant to pay your asking price if they believe that there will be future complications with your home.
To avoid this, you need to get the right permits. If you are unsure of which permits you need, work with your contractor to identify the ones needed and to submit the proper paperwork to the local municipalities.
Selecting the Wrong Cabinets
Cabinets can help to sell your home. But the wrong cabinets will make it difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home. When selecting cabinets, there are a couple of mistakes of which you should be wary.
For instance, if your cabinets are too short, there will be dead space between the top of them and the ceiling. For a potential homebuyer, this could point to space for dust to build, which means more work to keep the area clean.
You also need to be wary about installing inexpensive, low-quality cabinets. Even though saving money is important, if your cabinets are of a poor quality, they can take away from the other high-end finishes that are in your kitchen.
Your contractor can help you find the right cabinets for your kitchen. He or she could possibly also help you secure a discount from a supplier or even help you find lower priced cabinets online.
To avoid other renovation mistakes, work with a professional contractor, such as those at Di Salvo Construction, from start to finish.