Kitchen remains the heart of the home
A welcoming kitchen is one of the major attractions for potential homebuyers – whether it is the family focal point or a singleton’s stylish space.
And with a recent survey showing that the kitchen is still the heart of the home, there are a number of simply and cost effective ways of improving or updating the hub of the house.
A recent report by Hamptons International suggests that the kitchen remains the most influential room in the house for property buyers.
It reveals that:
Half the number of respondents said the kitchen is the one room that would make or break a decision to buy a property.
47 per cent of women define the kitchen as the most important room when thinking about buying a home, compared with 33 per cent of men.
When asked about dream appliances, 40 per cent of respondents highlighted a designer fridge.
With this latest evidence reinforcing the kitchen’s strong position, there may be some ways that sellers can maximise the attraction to buyers, add value to the home and even speed up the sale.
Harrison Murray managing director Nick Salmon said: “Replacing your entire kitchen to attract buyers is not always necessary or indeed wise. Often the cost of installing a new kitchen outweighs the value it will add to the asking price.”
Some tips on making the most of your kitchen:
Like all home décor, the kitchen will still be subject to personal taste, so if it doesn’t appeal to your buyers, they will refit it on moving in anyway.
Spruce up an outdated kitchen through simple changes like replacing or painting the cupboard doors, handles or taps.
Don’t overlook the finishing touches; re-grouting tiles can give the kitchen a new lease of life.
Clean and de-clutter. Make sure work surfaces are clean when viewers visit and ensure any washing up is cleared away.
Give the feeling of space by removing gadgets out of sight if possible.
Ensure any bins are emptied and cleaned.
If you have a pet, it may be a good idea to move food/ water bowls outside – just in case your potential buyer is put off by pets.
Fresh flowers on the windowsill create a welcoming atmosphere and show you care!