It said to be one of the most important rooms in the home, and it is easy to see why.
The kitchen in a home can also make a huge difference to both the appeal and value of a property.
If you consider the last time you entered someone’s home, a friend perhaps. Did you enter the kitchen?
More often than not you would have. This is very much the operation station of the home.
It is where we prepare food and drinks for our family and guests. So as well as being a practical space, it is also a social area used for hosting.
It is incredibly important to note this emotional attachment to the kitchen when it comes to buying or selling a property.
As a kitchen with the right details can massively affect both the value and our positive emotions of the property.
To consider when selling
When it comes to selling your home, there are some key facts you should always remember with regards to your kitchen.
Bear in mind that this is an area of the home which can be lead by emotions, and can certainly set the tone for the rest of the property.
The pointers should help you prepare your home for any potential viewings:
- Ensure all surfaces and worktops are cleaned and free of clutter
- If you have a number of kitchen appliances on your worktop, consider removing these. It helps to allow the potential new owner to see the potential for space, rather than how you use the area
- View each corner of the room to ensure it is free of crumbs and cobwebs
- Clean the oven inside and out
- Remove any items of personal significance. This may include pictures from the fridge or certificates from the cupboards. Allow the new owner to visualise this as their home. Rather than viewing it as your house.
- One of the key features of a kitchen is often storage space. With this in mind be wary of how your cupboards and drawers are presented. Once again being able to show off space rather than an area filled can prove positive.
- If you have pets ensure there are no traces of them in the kitchen. Some people will not mind at all, however others will see this as a hugely unhygienic turn off.
To consider when buying
There are of course things you should also consider with regards to the kitchen when looking at a property to buy:
- Consider how old the workstations, oven and units are. Will they need to be replaced in the near future?
- Are there any repairs required?
- If the kitchen is not to your liking, consider the potential cost to upgrade or replace
- Is there enough space to house all of your white goods?
- One of the most important factors is understanding does this kitchen fit the needs of your lifestyle?
Remember that the kitchen can be one of the main hosting events of the home. What is it that your new home needs?
Will this kitchen fit those requirements?
Hopefully that has given you some food for thought and points to consider going forward.