How to Choose Kitchen Appliances
Renovating your kitchen is known to be a top bang for your buck when it comes to resale value. In fact, according to Moving.com, you can get as much as 77% back on your investment into a kitchen.
This means, when selling your property, after spending around $23,000 on a kitchen remodel, you could add as much as $18,000 to your resale value (figures by Moving.com).
One of the big decisions to make when renovating a kitchen is which appliances to choose. The different sizes and styles affect the cabinet configuration, gas supply, electrical outlets, and plumbing.
Therefore, it’s important to have a general idea of which type of kitchen appliances you want in your new kitchen before starting the remodel process. This makes it easier for builders to create your design and ensures you don’t waste money.
Keep reading to discover how to choose kitchen appliances when renovating your home.
Range, Stoves, Ovens, & Cooktops
Firstly, it’s important to decide which type of cooker you want in your newly renovated kitchen. The most common type of cooking appliance is an oven/stove combo or a double wall of ovens with a separate worktop.
Usually, in higher-end homes and luxury kitchens, it’s common to opt for a separate wall oven with cooktops. However, it’s important to consider what the kitchen will be used for and the size of the property before choosing the best type of cooker.
For example, if it’s a large property (with three, four, or five bedrooms), it may be an ideal property for hosting guests on occasions like Thanksgiving. Even though you may not be hosting guests, having a kitchen that can cater for such events will be desirable to family buyers in the future.
In smaller homes, a standard range cooker is often the best choice. As a hybrid option, a “slide-in” range has the appearance of a cooktop, but is still a one-piece oven/stove. Slide-in ranges are more expensive than standard ranges but are much cheaper than doing a wall oven and separate cooktop.
Remember, when deciding which type of cooker you need, think about what you want to use and what potential buyers may prefer. Try to find a good balance between the two. Additionally, keep in mind that you’ll need to install or move gas lines if you’re changing kitchen appliances from an electric to a gas range, and vice versa.
Hood or Mircohood
The next important decision to make when choosing a kitchen appliance is about which hood to install. According to Proline Range Hoods, the most common type of hood is a pyramid chimney style or tapered hood. These are best suited for countertops rather than kitchen islands.
An efficient way to set up your kitchen is to mount the microwave above your range. Built-in microwaves are not very expensive and double up as a vent, with a fan on the bottom side.
The higher-end option is to use a hood above the range. Many high-end kitchen remodels feature micro-drawers, which are microwaves built into the cabinetry. The door opens up like a drawer and offers a sleek, customized look to the kitchen.
Fridge Size & Style
Refrigerators come in many different sizes. They are somewhat standard in terms of price, with most basic refrigerators costing below $1,000, according to Home Serve. More hi-tech fridges, like smart fridges, double fridges, and refrigerators with ice dispensers can be significantly higher in price, at $3,000+.
When choosing the right fridge for your new kitchen, understanding the height, width, and depth are all important to know when designing the layout. Otherwise, there won’t be enough space to maneuver around the kitchen and fit the refrigerator in place.
When choosing the best fridge for your kitchen, size is important. The larger the kitchen, the larger the fridge should be. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on a luxury model, but it should be big enough to cater to the needs of the home.
Dishwashers typically come in standard sizes. They are usually half-sized (suitable for one or two people) or full-sized (suitable for a family). Usually, the main decision you need to make is about whether to have a dishwasher in your kitchen or not, as the size doesn’t matter greatly.
Considered an unessential item, dishwashers can be replaced by handwashing in the sink if space is limited. Plus, bear in mind when making your decision that installing a dishwasher can cost $970 on average (according to Forbes). But homes with a dishwasher don’t necessarily see any increased resale value.
Many sellers with outdated kitchens are faced with the choice of doing a kitchen renovation before listing a house or selling it “as is”. The path each seller takes is dependent on their timeline, budget, and anticipated effort.
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