Kitchens and bathrooms are areas that can yield higher home values when it’s time to sell. Here are three tips on what to consider when selling, buying or investing in a new kitchen and bathroom.

The first tip is regarding your budget. Everyone has one, and although you may not know exactly how much you want to spend, most people know how much they don’t want to end up spending. Often the client determines where they need to be in the market. If you want to sell at a higher price it may require them to put a little more money into their appliance package, countertops and finishes to upgrade and give better curb appeal. By contrast buying into a home that doesn’t offer any type of upgraded appliances and finishes may deter you from making the purchase or think twice about the cost to improve the space. The upside of this is that you can always remodel the spaces on your own. Just be prepared since the average cost to remodel a kitchen and bathroom these days in Hawaii can be very costly. And you never want to price yourself out of the market you are in either.


Second, the best way to understand these costs is to go out and research the different options available to you and the suppliers in the market. Relative to cost is often quality, customization, selection and service — all equally important during the process. Once again, take the time to educate, understand and evaluate your current situation and decide on your desired result. Hiring a professional designer that specializes in these areas can help you understand the process and differences in product selections, styles, pricing, etc. A knowledgeable designer is your best source of information when it comes to design, product knowledge and scheduling.

Lastly, the third tip has to do with timing. Relative to budget and selection you also must be prepared to plan accordingly. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail. In other words, give yourself a realistic time frame and expectations on when you plan to start and end a project. Keep in mind the items that must be ordered and their respective lead times. Also know your trades and their availability.

INspiration Design Studio offers complimentary professional design consultations to discuss your future kitchen, bath and closet projects. Contact the Design Studio today at 237-5460 or email designstu to schedule an appointment.