Today more than ever, homeowners are taking on home improvement projects to renovate and remodel their homes. Many people simply enjoy the challenge of working on their own home and creating something that is uniquely them. Some do it to make their home more beautiful and comfortable. Whichever type of person you are, you should be aware that casting a keen eye on the value of your real estate and making certain improvement can boost the value of your home when it becomes time to sell your home.

Watch any home improvement show and you’ll see there is a lot of focus on remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, and this is for a good reason. In many homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where Sunday dinners are created, where you and your children get to play with making desserts. It’s a place where people gather to converse. There is no question that with such an important area of a home, a remodel really adds value. But putting too much worry into the aesthetics and not enough into the functionality can backfire. The placement of components needs to be functional and not just attractive. Here is a practical guide to help you know what to look for.

Remodeling Your KitchenCounters

One of the first things people look at in a kitchen is your counter tops. Take a close look at your counter tops. Are they in good shape? Do they have nicks and cracks? Is the grout coming out or stained? Some projects can be simple to do and bring those old counter tops back to life. If they do need to be replaced you should go with granite, if possible. Granite countertops are something homebuyers love to see and often just being able to add “granite countertops” to your listing has shown to sell a home 38 days sooner and for 4 percent more money.


If counters are the first thing people notice in a kitchen, there is no doubt that cupboards and sockets are next. Cupboards today come in so many different styles. If you are looking to replace those rundown, old cupboards, take note that today’s trend is to hide appliances in a cupboard. To do this effectively you need to plan for electrical sockets to be installed inside where your appliances can be plugged in.

Adequate lighting

If there is an accident in a house it will most likely happen in the kitchen. That really isn’t surprising with hot ovens, sharp knifes, cupboard doors, so having good lighting is important in any kitchen.

Ceiling lighting gives you a general lighting and illuminates the entire space. Where pendant lights give you a move focused light for areas like over islands where you may work most. Under-cabinet lights not only illuminate other workspaces but also ensure those dark corners are now bright.


There is no question that appliances are where you can easily sink some money and quickly add value. Buyers just don’t like having to update appliances themselves. Often replacing just one appliance isn’t an option because suddenly the older ones don’t look so nice any more. Appliances are expensive, but you can shop for sale pieces, but make sure they all coordinate and are the same quality level, regardless of how much you’re spending.


Floors in a kitchen really take a beating with traffic going to sinks, refrigerators, and stoves. While kitchen flooring may not add as large of an amount of value as some other kitchen improvements, it does add certain aesthetics. Ceramic tile is an attractive look and there are so many styles to choose from. Floating wood floors is another way to go. They are literally a snap. The pieces snap together and lay over the current floor surface.


Updating the backsplash is a quick and easy investment that adds has a real visual impact on your kitchen. It’s best to use some backsplash tiles that coordinate in your kitchen’s theme. These are often large adhesive tiles that can emulate a variety of finishes from stone, wood, and even pressed tin or copper. While actual tile installation is very expensive, stick-on tiles look much more expensive than they really are.


If your faucet or sink is outdated or looking dingy and crusted with mineral deposits, then it might be time to replace them too. Installing a new faucet is easy and can really catch an eye quickly.

Sinks may not be glamorous, but they are an element that needs to look good to go with other improvements. Your choices for new sinks are stainless steel or porcelain sinks. If you currently own an old-style porcelain sink, don’t throw it away. It can be re-glazed to restore its beauty. It can be a little costly, so even if you don’t want to go that way, don’t throw it out. Many homebuyers like the old porcelain sinks and it might be a selling point that you still have it.

Whether you are doing some kitchen remodeling in order to get the most out of selling your home, or you are doing it for yourself to make it look nice and more functional for your needs, a kitchen remodel can range from easy tasks to very involved. Secor’s expert staff that can help get you going in the right direction and even assist with product installation services. They have everything you need to do it right on just about any budget. Visit with a Secor Kitchen Remodeling and Design specialist and talk about what your plans are for your home. Kitchen remodeling can be a daunting task, and I can personally recommend the kitchen remodeling experts at Secor who can really help take the uncertainty and guesswork out of the equation and make sure you have a new kitchen you can be proud of for years to come.

About the Author:

Cindi Zach Honeycutt Durham NC RealtorsCindi Honeycutt is a licensed professional real estate agent in Durham, NC.  Together with her husband Zack, their company, Honeycutt Realtors, specializes in residential real estate sales in the Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill area. As respected, professional Durham NC Realtors, they provide expert, professional advice and assistance to home sellers looking to maximize their property value. They also specialize in helping new first-time homebuyers find the new home of their dreams.