Whether it is the heart of the family home or a place for showing off your hosting abilities, the kitchen is the focal point of any quintessentially British residence. So, when it comes to improving your home, it makes sense to start in one of the main areas as this could see the value of your property increase significantly.
As highlighted in our blog post; “What adds most value to a house”, upgrading your kitchen to one that’s attractive, hygienic and fresh-looking can add tens of thousands to a property, depending on the scale of works conducted.
It is estimated that a new kitchen adds between 5 and 15% to a home’s value, therefore it may not be worth spending more than 10% of your home’s value on one room alone. Many aspects of a property can be brought into line with proper use of renovations and smart distribution of available funds. On many occasions, costs can be significantly reduced with some DIY.
Here Are Our Five Ways to Add Value to Your Kitchen:
- Replace Worn Cabinets
Cabinets are typically the first thing you notice when entering a kitchen for the first time. Poorly maintained or damaged cabinets will be a huge detractor for any potential buyer.
Luckily, there are a few solutions. Providing that the units themselves don’t need replacing, a simple swap of the old cabinet doors for new, modern ones can be a quick fix that you can do yourself.
For a more economical solution, switching the old handles for modern ones and sanding down and repainting the doors will give a huge uplift with minimal outlay.
- Switch Out Old Surfaces
A high-priority step in renovating any kitchen is to replace old and damaged work surfaces. Simple granite worktops will lighten a kitchen in a flash and a bespoke, cut-to-specification slab fitting can transform a dated kitchen into a magnificently modern one.
- Modernise Your Appliances
You don’t need fancy gadgets to make your kitchen modern and stainless-steel appliances are a savvy way to uplift your kitchen’s aesthetic. They are easy to maintain and look newer for longer compared to matt or glossy finish appliances.
- Provide a Fresh Coat of Paint
Give your kitchen a new lease of life in minutes with a fresh coat of paint. Often the years of cooking and grease can leave walls stained or discoloured and a quick lick of paint can resolve this.
You can also create the illusion of space with light touches of colour and complement your kitchen with bold accessories.
- Expanding to an Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room
Combining your kitchen and dining areas by removing an adjoining wall can create a wealth of new space and light within almost any home. Open plan spaces have an incredibly modern feel to them and when conducted in-line with the aforementioned areas of improvement, will transform any space into one that is highly appealing to buyers.
If you decide to undertake some home improvements, Chancellors have a list of approved contractors that can assist with any works. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 01344 408 194. If you’d like to find out more about ways to add value to your home, whether you are buying or selling, explore our resource centre.
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