Most potential buyers aren’t going to come to your open house by themselves. They’re likely going to bring a professional home inspector along who will look at every little detail of your kitchen and give them their honest feedback. One area that home inspectors are always very careful about is waterproofing in rooms exposed to increased moisture like kitchens and bathrooms. This is very important because buyers are going to end up having more costs on their hands in the future if your kitchen is not equipped to deal with water damage. So, waterproofing is crucial when it comes to increasing home value.
One very good way to waterproof your kitchen is with a proper backsplash. The backsplash is the protective (and pretty) layer that covers the walls behind the sink, oven, and the main countertops of your kitchen. It is usually used as a way to accentuate the interior, but considering where it is situated, often also serves as a bit of extra waterproofing. Washing dishes, cooking, and other kitchen tasks will likely spray water, hot oil, and other kinds of residue all over the walls. This means you want a backsplash, be it tiled, paneled, or special wallpaper, that can withstand all this damage and retain its wholesome appearance.
Tiles are the most common option out there, as they are quite accessible, come in a variety of designs, and are very good at shrugging off moisture. The average cost of having a ceramic tile backsplash is around $500 for an average 16-square-foot wall. You also have the option of waterproof wallpaper, which is made of special material that is not susceptible to water damage. These are usually peel-and-stick, which make for an easy DIY kitchen backsplash project, but will require more maintenance than tiles. By simply refreshing your backsplash, you can get away with a smaller kitchen remodel cost and still end up with a significant upgrade in the process.
3. Faucets and Other Fixtures