For many homebuyers, it is a huge selling point if your home does not require any work or further investment. A new kitchen makes a home instantly more valuable, with Which? research finding that a new kitchen could add 6% (average £18,000) in value to the home. So, what’s stopping you from giving your kitchen that much needed facelift? We have several tips for ways you can increase the value of your home through the kitchen.
Spruce it up
It is no news that the kitchen space is the central focal point of any house, so why not make it special? A recent survey from Spicerhaart estate agents revealed that 71% of agents said that fitting a new kitchen is one of the three most worthwhile and value-adding additions to your home. It is important to aim for a look that will suit the space you have. It is a good idea to use a professional kitchen designer if you are unsure of the style you want, as they can make the best use of the space. For example, if you have a traditional home with period features, it is best not to make the kitchen too modern as it will not flow with the style of the home. In addition, home designers are very aware of which kitchen layouts are most appealing to potential homebuyers, so they can make your job a little easier!
It is important to consider the size of your kitchen and how different cabinets and colours can impact this. For example, if your kitchen is on the smaller side, consider replacing dark cabinets with lighter ones to brighten up the room, giving the illusion of extra space. White cabinets are most popular, as they present compatibility and a clean, crisp appearance.
Do it on a budget
When planning to renovate your kitchen, it is important to find a budget and stick to it. If you're looking to smarten up your kitchen with minimal cost, do not fear as it can be done to a high standard with low cost. As opposed to replacing all your old counters, why not just change the handles and doors? Not only does this instantly cut the cost, but it can also make your life a lot easier. Replacing the doors and handles of your kitchen cabinets can give your kitchen that instant lift, without draining your wallet.
Making it appeal to the homebuyer
If you are replacing appliances in your kitchen, consider energy-efficient options, as homebuyers are becoming increasingly aware of eco-friendly options in the kitchen. Appliances which are energy efficient are not only better for the environment but are also more cost-effective in the long term. This also adds value to your home, as eco- friendly appliances tend to be of slightly more value to the homebuyer.
You can also consider using recognisable brands in the kitchen. Familiarity with good quality brands can reassure potential homebuyers, reassuring them that your kitchen is good quality and top of the range. This adds more value to your home, as higher quality appliances tend to improve the overall attractiveness of your home.