How renovating your kitchen adds value to your home
- 4 minute read
- Nov 22nd, 2022
Are you thinking about selling your home soon?
Or maybe you’re staying put for now but want to make sure you’re adding to the value of your home in the future?
Whatever your plans, you undoubtedly have a list a mile long of jobs you would like to complete around your home. First impressions are very important, and you’ll want to do everything you can to it as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Of course, unless you have unlimited time and resources at your disposal, there’s only so much you can achieve and you will undoubtedly have to prioritise which tasks to take on.
However, there is one very important room we urge you to move from your “would like” list to the “must do” category – your kitchen!
It is all too easy to underestimate how big a role your kitchen plays in how your home looks and feels. They have always been the heart of the home in so many ways, but this has only deepened in recent years with the kitchen taking on a whole variety of roles in our lives, even becoming an ad hoc home office or classroom for some during the pandemic. Essentially, kitchens are a big part of what makes a house a home, and buyers are well aware of this, so you can expect them to be paying close attention to this room’s décor. Having the right look, and ensuring it is in tip-top condition, can and will affect the value of your home on the market.
As industry body Property Mark, stated: “Kitchens are often the main focus for many buyers, it may be the first thing they look to replace or pay more for if a property has one they like.” According to Nationwide, a new kitchen can add between 6% and 10% to the value of your home. The average house price in the UK in 2022 is around £280k, so that means adding anything between £16k and £28k to the value of your home just by having a beautiful, new looking kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to own a house in a prime location in London or other urban centre, that’s going to be more – a lot more.
Of course, ignoring your kitchen doesn’t just mean you are missing out a potential increase in sale price. A kitchen that looks old and dirty can actually lower the value of your home. In the 2021 Rated People Home Improvement Trends Report, it was revealed that outdated décor, or a dirty-looking kitchen, could knock 10s of thousands of pounds off your property price. Signs of mould or damp, and the presence of bad odours, can also have a hugely negative impact.
So, ignore this most essential of rooms at your peril! Fortunately, keeping your kitchen fresh and beautiful could be easier – and more affordable – than you think.
Making your kitchen more attractive does not necessarily mean going all out on a complete refit, and the all the expense that comes with it. With our innovative Top that Fits on Top, there is absolutely no need to completely gut your current kitchen in order to transform how it looks and feels. In fact, you don’t even need to remove your old worktops if you don’t want to.
Our engineered stone surfaces simply fit directly over your existing worktops, meaning that you’re not only saving yourself a great deal of mess and disruption, but achieving a great new look at a fraction of the cost. On top of that, all our etherium™ by E-Stone surfaces come with built-in Microban® protection, a cutting-edge anti-bacterial technology which actively inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. This exclusive addition means your surfaces can stay looking fresh for longer, are far less likely to develop stains and odours, and will be a lot easier to clean ahead of that all-important viewing.
If you’re pretty happy with your worktops, there are other smaller things you can do that can make a surprisingly big difference. For example, replacing cupboard doors can be a very effective way to freshen up a space. Tatty and worn doors can really let down an otherwise great looking décor, and are easy and cost-effective to replace. You might even want to take this opportunity to mix up your colour scheme with some eye-catching pairings.
Installing some clever storage solutions is also another great option, freeing up surface space and reducing clutter. By increasing the capacity of your existing cupboards, you might even then be able to get rid of any cabinets that might be making the space feel smaller or blocking out the light, such as those at head height.
Really, the possibilities are endless, and there are options to suit any budget. If you feel like your kitchen needs a special lift, why not get in touch for a chat with one of our design experts? You can even see some great examples at a showroom near you, or invite one of our team for a free, no obligation home consultation.