When you're renovating any area of your home, you may not be worried about how those changes will affect the home's overall value; if you're not planning on moving any time soon, you may just want a renovation that suits you in particular and aren't worried about what future homebuyers will think of those changes. However, if you are worried about how a kitchen renovation itself will affect a home's value, note a few important tips to consider, and then discuss these with a real estate agent to get more information if needed.
New appliances almost always add value to a kitchen, but note that many people today don't have time to cook or just don't know how to cook, so smart appliances might appeal to them. This might include ovens and microwaves that sense the internal temperature of food and switch themselves off as needed or that have controls a person can use for defrosting, baking, and the like. When using these appliances, a person doesn't need to guess the right temperature to set or how long to keep food cooking.
If your kitchen renovation includes new cabinets, note that functional or convenient cabinetry may be considered more valuable than just pretty cabinetry. For example, you might invest in cabinets and drawers with soft close features; these are hinges and rollers that slow down drawers and doors as they're closed so you can't slam them shut. Cabinet organizers including slide-out bins or small shelving installed inside the doors, as well as built-in compartments inside kitchen drawers, can be more valuable than pretty cabinets made of an expensive wood and with an intricate design on the face.
To add value with your kitchen renovation project, avoid lighting in this space that looks good but which isn't very functional for food prep, or that doesn't blend well in a kitchen. As an example, a large chandelier might be better for the dining room since it may not provide lighting over the entire length and width of the kitchen. A poor lighting choice like this can make it difficult to see the food you're prepping when you're working in a far end of the kitchen or leaning over the stovetop. Choose upgraded tract lighting that covers the entire space of the kitchen, and be sure the material of the lighting fixture is durable and easy to clean, as it will consistently capture grease and other residue from the stovetop and oven itself.
I knew that the moment we bought a house with a decent yard I'd be ready to start having kids. I loved playing outside as a kid and since we've been in this house I think the kids spend nearly as much time outside as they do outside. That lawn has seen my babies crawl, my toddlers start walkings, the kids kicking balls around and playing chasey all afternoon. Keeping the lawn soft and green is so important to me as it let's us spend all that time outside. I'm always looking for ways to make it feel and look soft and green.