Sellhousefast, the leading property company, talked with 34 different estate agents, property professionals and designers from all over the UK to find out how homeowners can maximize the value of their property when carrying out kitchen improvements or renovations.
“The kitchen is certainly a focal room that people are now utilising for more than one purpose. In doing so, homeowners are looking for a kitchen that is stylish, modern and highly functional. This research certainly demonstrates there are various aspects which homeowners need to get right when renovating their kitchen. Some obvious, whilst many others a revelation. The great takeaway from the consulted experts is that lavish and over the top additions are not needed to enhance the condition and aesthetics of a kitchen,” said Robby Du Toit, managing director of Sellhousefast.
The feature that adds the most value to a kitchen was spacious and modern storage units, voted by 72% of respondents, closely followed by fitted energy efficient appliances with 66% and durable and stylish worktops with 60%. The lowest ranking feature was the use of light or soft colour paint for walls and ceiling with 35%.
What the experts agreed on was that in order to add value to a kitchen, a combination of these features should be aimed for, and not just a specific one.
Craig, a property consultant from London, is advising homeowners the following: “With a kitchen renovation, think about what buyers/renters want from a kitchen. They prioritise on safety, so make sure all integrated appliances are from reputable brands and fitted by professionals. Get lighting which creates an atmospheric ambiance. The more storage the better, so make full use of the layout to accommodate as many sufficiently-sized storage units as possible. Also, keep in mind distinct features such as splashback, which will protect walls from oil and grease when preparing and cooking food.”
For those looking for even more advice, Barry, a freelance designer from Liverpool, has shared his opinion as well: “If you’re making changes to your kitchen for the sole purpose of adding value to the property, then my recommendation would be to make subtle and simple changes. Now only will it be cost-effective, but a simple style will speak to most homeowners when choosing a new property. If the storage units are old and worn-out, replace them with spacious and slick storage units. With regards to the walls, either go for a soft colour or a vibrant set of tiles to give the room a mellow and welcoming feel. If worktops are extensively damaged, then go for a work surface which is made from a durable material such as quartz, granite or corian.”