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GHBA REMODELERS COUNCIL Look for signs it’s time to renovate your kitchen

March 24, 2019 GMT

Due to the high rate of use, wear and tear and changing of design trends, kitchens tend to be updated every 10 to 15 years.

Following are some signs that may suggest it may be time for a kitchen remodel.

It’s outdated

Over the last 20 years, kitchens have become the focal point of the home. For this reason, they are now often larger with more cabinet and counter space.

They have dedicated areas for coffee, small appliances and food preparation, and they contain impromptu seating via islands or peninsulas.

Modern kitchens also tend to have clean lines, neutral colors and easy-to-clean surfaces.

You need kitchen to function differently

Your needs for your kitchen are going to change throughout your life. As your family grows and changes, your kitchen should be remodeled to better suit your needs. A smaller kitchen in an older home may function better if walls are removed to create an open space with better flow and clean sight lines into other parts of your home, like the family or dining rooms.

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You need new appliances

Kitchen appliances are rated to last anywhere from five to 15 years, which means replacing your appliances can give you a decade or more of shelf life. If you find that several appliances are reaching the end of their shelf life, then a complete remodel might be in the cards.

The biggest benefit is most new appliances are Energy Star rated, which means you’ll save money on your monthly utility bills. In addition, newer appliances are smart and have Wi-Fi connectivity, giving you greater control and more efficiency.

Increase resale value

As a homeowner, you can expect to recoup between 60 and 80 percent of your kitchen remodel costs when you sell your home. However, if you choose your materials wisely and don’t overbuild for your area, you’ll have a better chance of recouping more of your kitchen remodel expenses if you decide to move. In the meantime, you’ll get to enjoy your brand new kitchen for the remainder of the time you are in your home.

This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To contact the author directly email dbawden@legaleagle-

contractors.com. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at lorraine@idealconsulting.net. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.