Does a new kitchen add value to my home?
Inglish Design, Harrogate’s leading kitchen company answers the question -Does a new kitchen add value to my home?
2017 saw a big rise in demand for home improvements, with 65% of home owners opting to stay put and renovate. Home improvements can add extra property value by breathing new life into your home, but while there are a range of DIY adjustments you can make, some are more impactful than others. According to the National Association for Estate Agents if your budget can only stretch to renovating one room, that room should be the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of a home, so it stands to reason that this is the room most buyers focus on. It’s estimated that a new kitchen will add to the value of your property by around 6%.
What to consider before renovating your kitchen
It’s important that the price bracket of your kitchen matches the price bracket of your home. There’s no point investing £20,000 in a fancy new kitchen if your property is worth less than £200,000 – you just won’t get your money back. Equally, if your house is worth £700,000 or more, but you scrimp on the cost of renovations, you risk dragging the price of your property down. If you plan to stay in any home for many more years it is worth spending enough on a kitchen so that it will last the test of time. Some people may opt for a quick fix, especially if they plan to put their home on the market soon. Even if this is your plan, remember that a renovated kitchen will not sell your home, it will just make the room look okay, and the buyer will perhaps think that it will last a few years but ultimately they will have to spend money on it soon. If all you’re doing is painting the cupboard doors or adding new handles, DIY may be the best route to take. But if your vision involves complex restructuring, like putting in new floors and surfaces or knocking through walls, it’s probably better to enlist professional help.
Before you begin designing your new kitchen, consider the style and age of your property and ensure your new kitchen is in keeping with the rest of your home. A rule of thumb is to keep it simple, stylish and clean-looking. Look at the size of your kitchen in proportion to the rest of your home. Kitchen extensions that give you a kitchen/ living area can enhance your home dramatically. It has been the trend for many years now to have these large multi functional spaces – they will sell your home, and most people will use this kind of space more than a separate dining room and kitchen.
Take advice on your new kitchen space
Whether you are weighing up the “remain” or “move house” options, have your home valued by an estate agent. Ask their thoughts on value if you add an extension or re model your kitchen area. This will help you decided if it is worth it, and also let you establish a budget. Look at the cost of moving and why you want to move, view houses on the market and see what you get. Sometimes things like Stamp Duty, removals and estate agent fees quickly out weigh the cost of a new kitchen !
How to get the best out of your new kitchen design
Once you have decided you will be having a new kitchen, you need to look at it design. Focus on creating an attractive and efficient space by ensuring quick and easy access between the sink, fridge and cooker (known as the kitchen triangle). A good kitchen designer will do this for you, and help you to establish the “foot print” of the kitchen. At Inglish Design our service is free of charge. Improving kitchen storage where you can, and making sure there is adequate under-unit lighting, which gives a sense of space are key. Ensure the floors are well fitted and the kitchen is decorated in colours that look clean and are easy to maintain. Select your appliances carefully, kitchen budgets can be blown out of the water by fancy kitchen appliances or expensive brands.
Choosing the right kitchen company
There are so many kitchen companies on the High Street, it is a massive industry, with a lot of companies offering poor products and poor service. Replacing your kitchen, even if you are not undertaking building work, is a big job and an investment. It requires planning, and reliable trades in order to remain stress free and work within a reasonable time frame. Alongside finding the correct trades to do your plumbing and electrics you must find a kitchen company you can trust to supply you with a good quality build of cabinet and installation service. At Inglish Design our work generally comes via referral. We have a reputation for being a family business which delivers high quality kitchens and furniture, and provides excellent customer service with this. Hence we often have clients returning to us for further projects, either over the course of many years, or many homes ! What sets Inglish Design apart is that our kitchens are made by cabinetmakers. Everything is bespoke, so our clients can have anything they want, and we can manufacture to suit any size and shape of space. Whether you want a hand painted kitchen, a timber kitchen like an oak kitchen or walnut kitchen, and whether it is contemporary in style or traditional – Inglish Design can make it. As well as being bespoke, our installation is known as reliable and skilled, with the same team who make your kitchen arriving at your home to install it. Generally, by the time a kitchen arrives in a clients home, they have had a few weeks of upheaval, dust and inconvenience. It is therefore important that a kitchen company arrives on time and installs the kitchen cabinets quickly and efficiently.
If you are planning a new kitchen contact us and we can arrange to meet either in your home or in our showroom where you can see our kitchens and furniture. Telepone 01423 864951 or email us.
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