Tips on Enhancing the Heart of the Home: The Kitchen

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

You probably already know that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where you entertain your friends and family, it's where a large part of your time is spent each day whether preparing meals or sitting around the table eating or helping your children with their homework. The kitchen is one of, if not, the most important room in your whole house, which is precisely why you should spend some time and money making sure it's looking its best.

Something to consider: does your kitchen already have great bones? Meaning, are the cabinets stylish, are the countertops granite and are the appliances stainless steel? If so, then you may just need to work on the details, which I'll get to in a little bit. If not, this is where you should really spend your time and money to begin with. Upgrading your kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that will give you a bigger return on your investment when you sell. People want awesome kitchens, is yours great or just mediocre?

Now if you already have great bones to your kitchen, then you may just need to get rid of the clutter and consider whether or not your kitchen is stylish and inviting. Do you feel like you've walked into the pages of a magazine when you enter your kitchen? You can enhance stylishness by adding details which can be as simple as adding beautiful glass bowls full of colorful fruit and vases of flowers. Use collections you already have such as great china pieces.

Another key to enhancing your kitchen is to change it up often. In doing so it will keep the room fresh and inviting, energizing and more appealing. This doesn't have to be fancy changes--maybe change out the decorations--use different flowers or different fruit or incorporate a different piece of china. An easy change to do is to swap out the drawer and cabinet knobs for more modern ones. Don't get stuck in a rut and don't be afraid to move things around.

The video below by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate shows exactly how to implement the upgrades discussed above. Enjoy and have fun decorating!

 

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Crystal Kilpatrick
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Hi Anne,

Great post, thank you for sharing:)

Aug 18, 2009 12:07 PM #1
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Steve Merson
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Hi Anne,

The kitchen sure is the heart of the home. Thank you for the advice.

Aug 18, 2009 01:06 PM #2
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Ann Allen Hoover
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Your timing with this post is perfect.  I'm at my daughter's house and she is asking what are the best things to upgrade.  She has a big kitchen and a new floor and countertops would really make it a great space.

Aug 18, 2009 01:37 PM #3
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Anne...I have to love a women that know her way around the kitchen...I think I like the cooking part better than the decorating part, but the kitchen is still one of our favorite gathering places...for a party or for just two!!

Aug 18, 2009 01:47 PM #4
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Kayla Pearce
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I have to completely agree with this! I showed a house last week that had an absolutely fantastic kitchen, then i showed 3 others in the same neighborhood, & my client ended up picking the one with the fab kitchen over the dull original kitchens!!!!

Aug 18, 2009 01:51 PM #5
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Hi Anne, Great ideas to update the heart of the home - and no matter what, the party always seems to end up there - eventhough the comfy seating is in the other room!

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Excellent video. The kitchen is the most important room for woman or men, whoever is the cook, when house hunting.

As someone is in the mood for a kitchen remodel this was great !!

Aug 19, 2009 07:17 AM #7
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Laura Giannotta
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Awesome kitchens do sell houses.  I wish I had the $$ to update mine.  Good post.

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Hi Anne:

This was an excellent video...so very true how important a kitchen is!

Aug 22, 2009 06:59 AM #9
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Anne,

Great information. I am going to REBLOG your post on my site.  Adding value to the kitchen can help set a listing apart from another.  I know most of the time in my home is spent in the kitchen with the entire family.  Thanks again.

Jeremy Williams
Keller Williams Realty NE
Kingwood, Texas

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Very good video. Is the kitchen still the heart of the home, though. The heart of my home for the last ten years has been the room that has the computers in it -- LOL.

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