Q: I recently read your article on the No. 1 bathroom upgrade if you can only afford one project for now. You took into consideration things like labor/material costs and visual impact when completed. Your choice was to install a high-efficiency toilet. Right now, I can only afford to do one upgrade in my kitchen. So, what is your number one suggestion if a homeowner can only do one kitchen upgrade for now?
A: In over 35 years of plumbing, the best bang for the buck update I have seen for the kitchen is to simply install a new, high-quality kitchen faucet. Labor-wise, as long as the old faucet can be removed easily and the sink and water lines are in decent shape, the job should take only a few hours.
Faucet quality is where you can also pick up a good return on investment. Don’t cheap out; go for all the bells and whistles. Include features like a pull-out spray head, one-handle operation and a dramatic style and finish that will surely cook up some compliments in your kitchen from friends and family.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org