There are two moments in a homeowner’s life when you really get to grips with your home – when you’re moving in and when you’re moving out. When you’ve just moved in, you want the assurance that you’ve spent your money wisely, so you’ll find yourself looking at each room and deciding how you’re going to put your personal stamp on it.
When you’re putting your house up for sale, you want to attract buyers and get the best price you can. In which case, many homeowners strip things back and revert to a more neutral state; giving prospective buyers the chance to put their own stamp on what is effectively a blank canvas.
The focus of everyone’s attention
The kitchen is the room that sets the standard for the rest of your home. It’s the focus of everyone’s attention and the busiest room in the house; the place where people cook, eat and entertain. If your kitchen isn’t looking its best, then you could be missing out on a sale, because that’s the room by which people judge a property.
In addition, if your kitchen looks like it needs work, any buyers will be mentally calculating how much extra they need to tag onto the final bill – and that could quite literally be a ‘deal breaker’. You might find that you are forced to accept an offer lower than the price you’re asking for, or that your property is hard to sell. In either case, it’s worth spending out to pull the money in.
Revamp or renovate?
According to ‘Which?’ Magazine, the cost of refitting an average kitchen is around £8,000. When it comes to trying to sell your home, that kind of financial outlay makes no sense, because you want the best returns for the least investment. A lick of paint might help add a little life to your kitchen, but it isn’t going to solve all the problems. A tired kitchen will look tired, even if you throw a tin of magnolia paint at it (not literally, obviously!). But do you really have to shell out for a complete refit, or is there a viable alternative that won’t cost a fortune but still gives you a fresh, bright looking kitchen?
An added expense
It’s entirely possible to get that new-kitchen look, but without the expense, mess and inconvenience of having a complete overhaul. The trick is to pay attention to the surfaces that cover the most area in your kitchen – which would be the cupboard doors, drawer fronts and worktops. All of these will show the signs of wear and tear in one way or another, whether it’s chips and dings, stains and spills or even doors that won’t open and close properly. And while those little ‘quirks’ may look like part of the kitchen’s character to you, to prospective buyers they just look like an added expense.
Replacing your cupboard doors, drawers and worktops is a quick and cost effective way to give your kitchen that sheen that you need it to have. While you might want to favour more neutral styles or finishes, there are a huge variety available so you can choose to make an impactive statement, secure in the knowledge that your bespoke doors will not only look fantastic, but will hang straight. It might seem a simple thing to do, but it might make all the difference in selling your home.