Adding or extending structures, renovating rooms (basement, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) and roof replacement are among the most popular renovation projects in Quebec. Without a doubt, the most significant improvement in the value of a property is renovating the kitchen and bathroom. It is estimated that between 75 and 100% of these costs can be recouped when the property is eventually sold.
The kitchen is one of, if not THE most important room in the house; if you want to attract future buyers, we recommend making sure it is up to date. Here is how to turn this expense into an investment when renovating your kitchen:
Kitchen floor: to keep or not to keep?
If the floors are still in good condition and have a neutral color such as white or light gray, there is no need to replace them.
However, if ceramic tiles are damaged or clearly from another era, it would be a legitimate expense to change them to match the new kitchen cabinets. Don’t forget that you can also save money by shopping at big box or warehouse stores.
Rather than replacing ceramic tiles, some people choose to install new tiles on top of the existing ones. On concrete, if the ceramic is level, it is possible to do so. However, the area must be prepped before installing the new tiles by lightly sandblasting the surface and cleaning the accumulated dust so that the cement glue can adhere better. On a plywood floor in an ancestral home, for example, it is not recommended to install ceramic tiles because the subfloor won’t withstand the added weight.
Replacing kitchen doors and cabinets
If your kitchen needs a makeover in order to attract buyers, refacing is one of the most cost-effective ways to transform it in no time. Refacing involves replacing cabinet doors, drawer fronts and moldings. The cabinets in poor condition are also replaced. Installation of the new doors and cabinets (if needed) will only take 1 to 3 days if done by refacing experts such as Cuisine NewZone. With refacing, it is easy to give your kitchen a new look thanks to the wide variety of materials and finishes available.
Quartz countertop: a classic choice
Is your countertop worn out and obsolete? You should consider replacing it with a quartz countertop. In the past, kitchens with quartz countertops were rarely seen. However, as demand for quartz has grown significantly over the years, its price has come down quite a bit. With a more affordable price tag, quartz is now present in almost every kitchen. Quartz countertops are often preferred when it comes to renovations because they bring modernity to the kitchen and are very resistant to stains (e.g.: grease, oil).
Replacing the ceramic backsplash
Replacing your backsplash is essential to add style and personality to your new kitchen! In fact, if the cabinet doors have been replaced, chances are that the existing backsplash will need to be updated. It should match your new cabinets and doors handles. A neutral ceramic tile in a standard format (e.g., metro ceramic) would be the best option. You can also choose among the different ways to install these metro tiles: staggered (like brick), straight (aligned tiles), herringbone or chevron. See our “Our favorites for your new kitchen backsplash” article to help you choose.
Changing cabinet and drawer handles
Add style to your new kitchen by replacing old handles with attractive new ones. For a modern look, go with long tapered stainless steel, brushed gold or black handles. For a country look, go with “shell” or “knob” handles.
In conclusion, it is important to remain informed on houses in your neighbourhood and avoid excessive and expensive renovations. Even if it is recommended to renovate the kitchen since it speeds up the sale, it is important not to let this investment exceed the average maximum selling price in your area. For example, if your property is worth $400,000 (i.e. $380,000 + $20,000) and the average maximum selling price in your area is $380,000, it may not be possible to recover the investment related to the kitchen renovation. In summary, in order for the renovations to pay off, you must first determine a budget based on the value of houses in your area.
One thing is for sure, when future buyers visit your property and see that the kitchen has been renovated, they will surely appreciate it and be glad they don’t have to spend extra money to renovate it.
By trusting your kitchen renovation to experts, you can be sure that the end result will meet your expectations. To discuss your kitchen renovation project, don’t hesitate to ask for advice from Cuisine NewZone’s refacing specialists.
Cuisine NewZone is a local company, and our team of experts is located in different regions across Quebec. For a free quote, you can fill out an online form at cuisinenewzone.com or call us at 1 855 595-0505.
It is often said that renovating a kitchen is always a nightmare. However, after our experience working with the CNZ team, we can emphatically say that this is untrue. There are exceptions.
Our sincere thanks to designer Marie-France for her willingness to listen, her ingenious ideas, and so many other contributions to the success of our project. The installers, Sébastien and Mike,...
Judith & Pierre Lesage
— Senneville, QC
Words cannot begin to express how pleased I am with my new kitchen. Thank you so much to Cuisine New Zone for transforming an outdated and run down kitchen into the kitchen of my dreams within a reasonable budget! The workmanship was impeccably done by friendly staff and within a timely manner. Nancy and Kosta made sure that they left us with glowing smiles and happy hearts.
— I will forever refer you
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