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Ask any estate agent and they will tell you that kitchens sell homes. Potential buyers will take a keen interest in the so-called heart of the home. No longer just a space for food storage and preparation, the modern kitchen is a hub where we dine and entertain, watch TV and do homework – it’s where everything happens.
If you’re thinking of selling your property, this is a key area of the home that will come under close scrutiny, so make sure your kitchen truly wows. And if it doesn’t, now’s the time to do something about it. Preparing and presenting your kitchen for the sale of your property is one of the best things you can do.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to upgrade your kitchen. With a few clever tricks here and there, you can lift a tired and unloved space to retake its rightful place as the hub of the home. Here are some clever ways to achieve just that.
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Your kitchen cabinetry is bound to be the first thing to catch a property viewer’s eye. If your kitchen cupboards are more shabby than chic, you should sit up and take notice. Ask yourself whether it’s time for a brand new kitchen, or whether you can give your existing kitchen a new lease of life by simply replacing the doors.
A fresh coat of paint may be all that’s required on painted kitchen doors and drawer fronts – it’s a quick and cheap job that anyone can do. To appeal to a broad audience, make sure you stick to a neutral color palette and steer clear of dark colors or bold hues.
Why not change the door knobs or handles while you’re at it? It may not seem like much but the transformation in terms of look and feel can be tremendous.
When it comes to worktops, looks and functionality should work hand in hand to delight your viewers. Laminate worktops are OK but won’t set the world on fire – could you do better? Buyers really want to see a high-end worktop that’s both beautiful and can effortlessly deal with daily wear and tear.
Think of luxury materials such as natural granite or engineered quartz, solid oak or beech. While a new natural stone worktop may not be the cheapest, your investment will certainly have been worth it when it comes to signing on the dotted line.
Next, take a look at your kitchen walls and ceilings. Is it time for a refresh? Set aside a weekend and choose white or pale neutral shades to improve the sense of light and space – you want your kitchen to feel as inviting and spacious as possible. Grey has been a particularly on-trend color recently, and soft pastels will offset furniture and wooden cabinets beautifully.
Think of fitting a vertical splashback, both for functional and aesthetic reasons to add interest. From ceramic or mosaic tiles to minimalist stainless steel or colored glass sheets, to luxury granite or marble, it’s important not to think like your target market rather than get carried away with your personal preference.
Kitchen lighting is a key feature – it has the power to make the space look bright and welcoming – or not. To start with, ensure that all lights are working and provide more than adequate illumination. Any light fittings that are dated or not fit for purpose should be replaced. A quick trick to target lighting on to the worktop is by fitting under cabinet LEDs. Why not source an interesting ‘statement’ light fitting in the kitchen that draws the eye.
Looking down, your kitchen floor should be both super practical and sparkling clean. If yours doesn’t come up to scratch, perhaps a flooring upgrade is in order. Go for luxury kitchen options such as hardwood or bamboo flooring, luxury vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles or natural stone flooring. Don’t let your kitchen down by fitting cheap sheet vinyl or laminate.
Once all the hard work has been done, all that remains is to set the stage to present your revamped kitchen for sale. Clear out the clutter from cupboards and worktops and give your kitchen a deep clean so you can show off all the available space in the best possible light. Curate the dining table and chairs and any furniture to make sure the room has a nice, open flow to it.
Last but by no means least, add a few chosen accessories such as fresh flowers, a fruit bowl or fragrant herbs to add a touch of nature. Just before a viewing, a fresh pot of coffee will make the place smell nice and homely.