Posted: 29th November 2016
With the uncertainty over property prices, many people are thinking of ways to increase the value of their homes and it’s widely accepted that the room most likely to add value is the kitchen. So this blog will focus on designing a kitchen that will add value to your home.
In recent years, the kitchen has become the centre of the home. No longer just for cooking, people now want to eat, entertain, socialise, work and play in their kitchen, so you can’t just fit any kitchen and hope it will do the job.
If adding real, tangible value is your aim plan carefully and consider QA’s ten top tipsto help increase the value of your home:
Always use a professional kitchen designer. They know what works (and what doesn’t) and can ensure your new kitchen makes the best use of the space available. Choosing an appropriate style that fits your home’s current theme is crucial – a contemporary kitchen in a traditional or period setting probably won’t work. Likewise, a traditional or farmhouse kitchen would look odd in a modern apartment.
Again, a good kitchen designer will know how kitchen layouts work and what works best. The right levels of storage, the right ‘flow’ of the kitchen so that when preparing meals, there is a logic to what equipment is placed where.
Clean and clutter free instantly create the right appeal and help a potential buyer imagine themselves in the kitchen preparing a meal. Some of the new and innovative storage designs really do make a huge difference – no more disorganised cupboards or drawers – the latest kitchen storage has a solution for everything.
You may well love the thought of bold, bright colours in your kitchen, but not everyone does, so if adding value to your home is the top priority, opt for neutral, sage colours such as white, pale grey or cream.
Obviously, we recommend you have a budget and stick to it but in setting your budget, you should take account of the value of your property. As a rough guide, around 7.5% of the value of your home is ‘proportionate’ (so a spend of £15k on a £200k property). Obviously there are minimum and maximum spend levels that we would recommend if your main objective is to sell the property.
A selection of good quality, well known appliance brands will give a potential buyer a much ‘warmer’ feeling than brands they’ve never heard of, even if you’ve gone for the very best specification. Make sure all the instructions and warranties are to hand as well.
From LED lights to low energy appliances like fridge freezers, making your new kitchen as eco-friendly as possible without going overboard will always pay back when you come to sell your home. No-one likes the thought of massive future utility bills!
Consider the main three lighting requirements – task (lighting for when you’re working); accent (lighting that shows off the best aspects of your kitchen) and ambient (good lighting created a good atmosphere). A bright, well lit room is always so much more inviting – if you can, make the most of any natural light and make sure your kitchen surfaces are chosen to reflect (rather than absorb) light.
You’ve covered all the basic requirements and now you want to integrate a fish tank and install a built-in sound system. NO! If you’re doing it for you to enjoy for the next 20 years that’s fine but if your aim is to add value to the house and sell it, stick to doing things that aren’t going to be invisible or irrelevant to potential buyers.
So, you’ve made the effort to install a new kitchen and sort out all of the plastering and paintwork, now you need to show it off at its best when you invite prospective buyers in. Neatly filled cupboards, fresh flowers, a full fruit bowl, and of course all work surfaces clean and sparkling will help your home and your kitchen feel much more inviting. Perhaps consider laying the table ready for a meal or baking some bread (you know why!). Every little helps (as they say).
We hope this information has been interesting and useful. Of course, if you’re thinking of a new kitchen and want to talk to a talented team of designers, come at see us at QA in Wellington or Newport and let us inspire you with all of our design know-how.