You may have heard that investing in upgrading your kitchen may yield a return when it comes time to sell. According to the Remodeling magazine 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, the average spent on a major kitchen remodel is around $54,000, while a minor one averaged $18,800. The full kitchen remodeling recouped 74% of its cost and the minor remodel was valued at 82%. Here are some updates you can make that may boost the value of your home:

Give your cabinets a facelift.

  • Instead of gutting your cabinets and starting from scratch, keep everything but the cabinet doors. New cabinet faces are an inexpensive way to give your kitchen an updated look. Go for a classic Shaker finish for a timeless appeal, and don't forget new hardware for a finishing touch.

Create a mobile island.

  • Kitchen islands increase counter and storage space in small kitchens. Install wheels on yours so it is front and center when you need it and movable to the side when you’re entertaining guests.

Opt for accessibility.

  • With more multi-generational families sharing homes, consider upgrades that could improve ease of use for everyone, like side-opening ovens placed at counter height or touch-activated kitchen faucets.

Incorporate patterns.

  • Choose a bold pattern for the floor, counter tops or wall to create visual interest in the room.

Get creative with storage.

  • Lazy Susans can transform a pantry into a storage goldmine. Swapping cabinets for deep drawers creates easier access to small appliance storage, dishes and cookware, or trade one of your lower cabinets for a popular amenity like a wine or beverage fridge, which buyers love.

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