If you’re currently in the process of trying to sell your property, you will know just how difficult and competitive the housing market is at the moment. If you want to make sure that your house attracts a good amount of attention and offers, you’ll need to ensure that the two most important rooms are looking their best – the bathroom and kitchen. It may come as a surprise to some, but these are often quoted as being the most important when it comes to making a decision of whether or not to put an offer in.
Out of theses two rooms, the kitchen should be the one that you tackle first due to a number of different reasons. First of all, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a new kitchen can add as much as 4 percent to the value of your house! However, if you’re on a tight budget and you’d like to find out how you can make a few small and highly cost-effective changes, just take a look at our tips to updating and improving your kitchen. Even if you don’t have the money available to get a new kitchen and, therefore, may not actually increase the value of your house, you will certainly improve the chances of getting higher offers from viewers.
Where to begin – kitchen countertops
With a new fitted kitchen costing in excess of £10,000, the next best option is to add a new kitchen countertop and a splash of colour. A new countertop is one of the easiest changes you can make and it is able to transform an old, tired kitchen into one that looks almost brand new! If you really want to get that wow factor, you’ll need to spend the extra to get a high quality solid stone or quartz worksurface though – cheaper options like wood and laminates just aren’t going to cut it.
Next, if your appliances are looking past their best, switch them out for more modern options. Even large appliances such as ovens and fridges can be purchased relatively cheaply if you go down the second-hand route. If you can’t stretch that far, just swapping the toaster and kettle for newer models can make a difference too.
The fastest way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets is with a quick coat of paint. This can really update and transform a kitchen and is certain to impress buyers if done correctly, Make sure to opt for colours which are going to attract your target market i.e. don’t go for loud, brash colours if your property is more well-suited for a family. Changing the cabinet handles is also another easy and cost-effective way of modernising any kitchen too.
Marble & Granite have an excellent array of kitchen countertops that will be guaranteed to impress buyers, but beware – you may find yourself not wanting to sell up once they’re in!