When it comes to selling your house, one thing that every potential homebuyer will have in common, is that they will spend a large proportion of their tour in the kitchen.
Simply because this is often considered one of the main rooms of the home. It can be utilised for hosting, food preparation and even entertainment.
It is often high on the list of importance when it comes to factors affecting our decision to buy a home.
So when selling your home, it is key that you make the best use of this space as possible; in order to provide your potential buyers with a feeling of ‘wow’ rather than ‘oh’.
A high specification kitchen can add a huge amount of value to a home. Certainly a lot more than it would cost you to implement.
I wanted to discuss some things you could consider implementing prior to selling your home; in order to get the maximum return on your properties sale.
Maximise your space
As odd as they may sound, space sells.
When it comes to your kitchen remember that.
This includes the amount of space on your worktops, the volume of food preparation space available as well as room to manoeuvre about.
Over time we often fill our home with items we love or sentimental pieces of furniture.
Do consider that just because we love it, doesn’t mean everyone else will too.
So look at your space with fresh eyes! This is an incredibly important piece of advice.
What is in the space currently? Does it need to be there? How would someone else view it?
These considerations may include books you display on your worktop, but may be better suited to a kitchen cupboard.
Pictures on your cupboards which to someone else may be a distraction from the key features of the room.
Do consider to try to view this space as a neutral, or even ask a friend to do so with you.
You want to create the illusion of space and cleanliness. Rather than clutter an inconvenience.
Upgrade your kitchen
Many people reading this may straight away think high costs, but this does not need to be the case.
This can include simple things like replacing any old chopping boards with new ones. If your dish rack has seen better days; would a new one create a better impression?
Are the utilities matching colours?
Would a simple piece of artwork help to lighten the room.
This also includes simple things like ensuring all of the light bulbs are working correctly to create as much light into the room as possible.
These very small and modest touches really can make a huge difference to the first impressions of your kitchen.
If your kitchen is particularly dated, you may wish to consider spending money to upgrade, prior to any home viewings.
Yes this will include some initial outlay from yourself, however it can be very worthwhile in ensuring that your kitchen is not something which has the ability to put off a potential homebuyer.
This can include things like replacing the cupboard doors, rather than the whole units. Or upgrading the worktops.
Try to eliminate any factors that would sway someone away from buying your property, whilst focusing on adding value.