Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

The refrigerator is one of the most commonly used parts of the kitchen and is frequently opened for snacks or gathering food to cook whatever meal is coming up next. This creates a natural bottleneck that should be removed by moving either the peninsula or the fridge. Peninsulas are ok if they don't obstruct traffic flow.

SINK

The sink is easily the most-used area of any kitchen. Every homeowner visits their sink several times a day, from dumping unfinished beverages to cleaning dishes, washing hands, or getting a drink of water. As such, it should be one of the more eye-catching parts of your kitchen as well. The simplest thing you can do to modernize a sink is to replace the faucet. Go with something contemporary with multiple spray settings, an extendable nozzle, and a built-in filter. If you're also doing the countertops, consider spending a bit of money to replace your old sink with a modern undermount sink. These result in a cleaner-looking counter and even make cleaning said counter easier since food can be swept straight from the counter into a sink with a garbage disposal.

LIGHTING

The earlier advice on lighting still applies here: increase your wattage and efficiency by replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and consider an update to your fixtures. There are some kitchen-specific ideas to consider though. Light is very important for food preparation, yet all too often the counters and lower cabinets can be left in the dark as poorly- positioned light sources are blocked by you, your other cabinets

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