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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Upgrade Your Kitchen: 3 Things You Can Do Before You Sell Your Home

by Mike Brewer

Whether you are cooking, entertaining, doing homework, or just spending some time with your family, you will spend a decent amount of your time in your kitchen. Eventually, there will come a time when this space will become outdated or you will simply just want a new look. Rather than it being a space where you used to want to gather, you will want to rush your guests through it. If you have intentions on selling it, then prospective buyers may be turned off by your kitchen's appearance as well.

So, here are a few ways you can upgrade your kitchen without completely breaking the bank:

1. Paint or Restain Your Hardwood Floors.

A quick and easy way to improve the look of your kitchen is to resurface your flooring. In many cases, this may be all you need to do to give your kitchen a brand new look. If your current flooring color is gray, you may want to switch things up and go for a rich brown stain. If you want to get away from hardwood floors altogether, you may want to consider laying ceramic tile. Ceramic tile is a more affordable option than porcelain or stone and it is easy to maintain and, with a little bit of patience, you can lay it yourself so that you can save money on labor.

2. Change the Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Repaint the Cabinets.

If your cabinets are still in good shape, there is no reason to replace them. However, if you are tired of the color and would like a new look, then consider repainting them. This will only cost you the price of paint, unless you decide to hire a professional painter to do the work. While you're at it, you can switch out the hardware on the cabinets to update the appearance. Depending on the style you are going for, you can opt for modern, vintage, etc. hardware. To learn more about your options, you can contact services that provide custom kitchen cabinets.

3. Replace or Add Lighting.

In a kitchen, lighting is essential. Pendant lights are stylish in the kitchen and are most common above islands, bars, and sometimes even countertops. For a high-end, sophisticated look, consider installing undercabinet lighting, which can be particularly beneficial for those areas in the kitchen that simply don't get enough light as it is and for those countertop tasks that need that little bit of extra light.

The aforementioned kitchen upgrades will really help cast your kitchen in a whole new light. Not only will they make your kitchen look better so that you will feel more comfortable in your own space and want to have guests over again, but they will also help your home sell better when you put it up on the market with a realtor.