The kitchen is the hub of any home. It’s where the whole family gathers in the morning to get breakfast and where they all congregate in the evening to sort the evening meal and talk about their days.
It is little wonder, therefore, that this is the room that matters most to prospective buyers when they come to view your home. A house with a kitchen that works is much more likely to sell quickly, buyers really want to be able to move in and make use of the kitchen straight away.
Here are some tips to help improve your kitchen that won’t cost the earth but might just make that sale go through easier and increase your home value.
1. Replace the doors
Often there is nothing wrong with the layout of a kitchen, even if it was fitted years ago. Many people spend a lot of time contemplating the design and so, more often than not, it is the best layout possible for the available space.
If the units are in good condition too, it could well be the case that all you need to revamp your space is to change your cupboard doors. There are plenty of companies out there offering a wide range of colours and styles, making it easy to find something modern to match your design.
Make sure that you measure well, though, ill-fitting cupboard doors will not appeal to a potential buyer.
Kitchens can look tired really quickly, they are more exposed to steam and grime than anywhere else in the home. You really do, therefore, need to keep on top of painting the walls in this room.
It really is the best way to freshen up
There isn’t any buyer out there who wouldn’t be tempted with a good gadget. Why not consider having a boiling water tap installed to really appeal to them? They will love the ability to make tea and coffee quickly as well as speed up the cooking process.
A 3-in-1 tap which also gives you hot and cold water will really appeal as it cuts clutter around the sink area. Gadgets can instantly increase your home value.
4. Replace worktops
Replacing worktops, if they are worn, could really add the sparkle back into your kitchen. They are after, all the part that you will see most often as you use the kitchen, so they do need to be right. There are companies out there who can re-cover existing worktops relatively easily, so consider this to cut down on your expenses.
Lighting is so important these days and there are so many options out there to help you create the perfect atmosphere. If you have an island or a dining table in your kitchen consider hanging a pendant light over to really make a statement.
You could even add a dimmer switch to help you create the right mood for every occasion, trust us, this will really appeal to potential buyers.
Sometimes all it takes to liven up a kitchen is to replace the splashback tiles. You don’t necessarily have to re-tile. You could, for instance, install a panel made of glass, acrylic or metal. These are easier to install and are easier to maintain because there is no need for grouting.
If your floor looks old and tired, putting down something new might just be the best way to encourage those potential buyers. Often, people see laying new flooring as an onerous task and the thought of having to do it might just put some people off from purchasing a new home. Choose laminate or vinyl for a quick way to revamp your kitchen.
More often than not the sink is the focal point of the kitchen. If yours looks a bit shabby you might want to think about replacing it. It can be a relatively easy job, with many sinks out there designed to slot straight into spaces left behind by older models.
You could consider an acrylic or composite design, which are available in a range of colours to help you really change up your kitchen.