Traditionally considered the hub of the home, the kitchen (and surrounding areas, like the breakfast nook) have become much more than just the spot for fixing meals and eating dinner; it’s also a study area, talk center and general gathering place for friends and family (A modern, updated kitchen is the main focus for not only potential new homeowners, but for all home buyers. It’s possible to recoup between 60 and 120 percent of a kitchen model investment; and it doesn’t have to be expensive). And according to a recent research study by Moen, the kitchen is the top spot where homeowners like to set up indoor technology (as a personal example, the breakfast nook-right off the kitchen-is my go-to home office and tech area). And one-third of those homeowners charge their devices in the kitchen; to make this task easier, the new Corian countertop line from DuPont features wireless chargers that are embedded into its surface. Or a docking and charging station can be installed with a built-in USB power strip-this will maximize the number of devices you can charge at once.
Other high-tech considerations can include: A hands-free faucet-in addition to the traditional handle and placing the hands or an object under its spout, this item can be activated by simply waving your hand over it to turn it on and off; appliances that can be accessed remotely; a system of HiFi wireless speakers and audio components in which music can be streamed from any device and heard from any room; and new smart LED lightbulbs that allow you to change a room’s color and brightness any time. Technologies can change and evolve quickly, but certain smart devices, like the abovementioned items, can offer timeless value and appeal. Programmable thermostats, door locks and security systems are also good options (Sources: “Smart Home-Five ideas to raise your home’s I.Q.” by Statepoint-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday) Vindicator, October 18, 2015, “From Consumer Reports-8 ways to boost your home’s value”-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Feb. 14, 2016 and “Make it count-Add value to your home with these renovations” by MetroServices-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday) Vindicator, January 10, 2016).
A fresh coat pf paint is one of the least expensive home value boosters (looking its best), but one that has a lasting and major impact (also protecting the surfaces from wear, tear, the weather and other elements). But every inch, nook and cranny doesn’t need repainting; opt for high-traffic areas, like the kitchen and bathroom. Outdoor living spaces have become more desirable; adding a deck or patio with seating space and a built-in or freestanding grill, will create an ideal outdoor living environment (but also remember that it should be low upkeep). Energy-efficient options, such as adding attic insulation, new heating and cooling systems and replacing/updating older windows and doors will always increase home value (Sources: “From Consumer Reports-8 ways to boost your home’s value”-The (Sunday) Vindicator, Feb. 14, 2016 and “Make it count-Add value to your home with these renovations” by MetroServices-Vindy Homes-The (Sunday) Vindicator, January 10, 2016).