For people in the market for Tucson furnished rentals, many times one of the key deciding factors for what property to take or what to pass on involves the kitchen. If you’re considering offering your property as a short term rental option, take a good look at your existing kitchen. If it’s not up to par, there are definitely things you can do to improve upon it to make your property more marketable. That’s what this article is all about.
If ever there was one room that truly defined a home, it would have to be the kitchen. So many different things go on in and around the kitchen, from preparing meals to entertaining, to doing homework and just chatting over a cup of coffee. With so many uses, it’s no wonder the kitchen needs to be as functional and inviting as possible. And whether your kitchen needs more space, a simple face lift or if your needs have changed with a growing (or shrinking) family at home, these are all great reasons to look at the possibilities involoved with a kitchen upgrade.
If you’re thinking of putting your house on the market, whether to sell it or even to rent it out, a kitchen upgrade is almost always a smart place to put your money. Realtors say that it’s one of the main areas that potential buyers (or renters) look at right away. With a bit of thought, effort and a little bit of money to upgrade the way your kitchen presents itself, you stand a much better chance of getting what you’re asking for your home.
However, there are many things that go into planning a kitchen renovation. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of those things so you can be sure you’re off on the right foot if and when the time comes for you to tackle your own remodeling job.
Because everyone lives, cooks, entertains and generally uses a kitchen in their own unique way, it’s important that you create a kitchen that works well for you. To know what might or might not work for you, it’s a good idea to take the time to look at a number of other kitchens and really take the time to envision yourself using them on a daily basis. Even move around the area as if you were doing some of your normal tasks such as cooking, or taking food out of the refrigerator to prepare a meal. Get a sense of the space, flow, layout of everything to see if it works for you.
To “test drive” various kitchens, you can ask some family, friends and neighbors when you’re in their homes, and ask them how they like the way it’s set up. More importantly, ask them WHY they like or dislike certain things. It’s amazing what kinds of things you wouldn’t otherwise think of until you start using a space, as far as what is great about it or what could have been done differently and better.
You can also spend time looking through magazines and online at various kitchen designs. Trust us, there’s no shortage of them out there! However, with this method you’ll need to be able to use your imagination and really try to transport yourself into the space, since you won’t be able to actually do it and you won’t be able to ask anyone questions about their use of it. Still, if you’re good with your imagination, this can be a great way to consider many different options.
Another thing you’ll want to consider right from the beginning is your budget. As you can imagine, kitchen renovations can add up quickly! However, they don’t have to break the bank to get a fantastic result. Just know what your limitations are from the start, put them in writing so you can refer back to them if the time arises, and keep track of all the expenses as you go so you’re sure not to go over your budgeted amount.
If your dream kitchen ends up being a really big task, and you don’t have the time or the money to do it all at once, don’t forget that you can do things in stages. For example, you could do the counters now, and the flooring and/or cabinets several months or more later. Appliances can also be purchased one at a time, as you’re able, so that it’s easier on the budget.
If you have specific questions about how to tackle such a big project and you don’t know who to ask, remember that you can always go to one of the big box stores like Lowe’s or Home Depot. There are lots of good folks there that can help you set up a plan, get you on the right track, and even recommend different specialists you might want to talk to. In my experience, they’ve always been very kind and helpful and I’ve never felt like they were trying to ‘sell me’ on anything. I highly recommend you give it a try.