How to Save & Make Money on Your Kitchen
If you love cooking, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Even if you don’t like to cook, the chances are that your kitchen is still at the heart of your home, as a place to gather and spend time together as a family. If you’d love to improve your kitchen but you don’t have the budget to buy a brand new one, don’t worry, as there’s plenty of ways to both save and make money on your kitchen.
Renovate your Kitchen
If there isn’t anything structurally wrong with your kitchen, you can dramatically alter its appearance just with some clever renovations. The best place to start is the units – if you have a traditional wooden kitchen, you can easily paint or refinish them to change the colour of your kitchen. You can easily change the handles of your cupboards too, and shopping online via eBay will ensure you get a good deal. Once you’ve done that, have a look at the worktops. You can easily replace a worktop, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – laminate and granite are the most affordable materials. Next, the flooring. Vinyl can easily replicate more expensive types of flooring such as wood and stone. The best thing about renovating your kitchen is that you can do it in stages and you can source the cheapest materials, which will save you money as you spread the cost.
If you’ve got your heart set on a new kitchen, you don’t have to buy one straight from the catalogues and sign your life away to a credit agreement. You can buy a used kitchen, or even one that is from a showroom, for a discounted price. Companies such as Used Kitchen Exchange offer a full service, where you can view kitchens online, make an offer or arrange a viewing and they will assist you with the entire buying process, liaising with the seller on your behalf to ensure a smooth sale. You will be able to find every type of kitchen, from traditional shaker kitchens to designer German kitchens, so you’re sure to find one that fits in perfectly with your home.
Sell What You Don’t Use
Take a look around your kitchen; are there any appliances that you don’t use? Maybe it’s a spiraliser from the Great Spiraliser Trend of 2015, or maybe it’s a smoothie maker from that health kick that you promised you would do last January. Have a clear out and sell any unwanted items on eBay or at a car boot sale, and put the money towards your renovations or a new kitchen.
Sell Your Kitchen
If you’ve decided that a new kitchen is what you need, why not sell your old one? If it’s in good condition, you could make a decent amount of money on it. Used Kitchen Exchange will give you a valuation, and if you decide to go ahead, they will professionally photograph your kitchen and list it on their website.
If your kitchen isn’t sellable as a whole, take a look at the individual aspects of it. If your units are in good shape but the worktops aren’t, replace the worktops and you’ll be able to sell the units! Even if you have fitted appliances, someone could be looking for the exact same appliance, so you might be able to make a sale from your old appliances.