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5 tips for adding value to your kitchen

If you’re thinking about making changes to your home before you put it on the market then the kitchen is the best place to start and could potentially add the most value out of any room in the house. Here are a few ways in which you could help to boost its value.

Lay out
Kitchens tend to have many different uses. In some homes they might only be used for cooking meals, while in others they could be for dining and also entertaining – if you can create a kitchen that has enough space and functions to accommodate all of these different things then you’ll be on to a winner.

Consider creating a space for dining if you don’t have one already. This could be in the form of an island, which is very popular, a breakfast bar or even just enough space for a simple table.

If your kitchen is too small then there a few ways you can make it appear larger. Always make the most of natural light, hang utensils on the walls and use clean colours to make your kitchen appear more spacious. Positioning your fridge, oven and sink in a close triangle can also help to make your kitchen appear efficient, rather than small.

Work surfaces
For bathrooms and kitchens, the number one rule is to make sure that your kitchen looks tidy and hygienic. Work surfaces take up a large proportion of the kitchen, so if they are outdated, scratched or simply don’t fit your decorative theme, then your kitchen might not hit the spot.

Laminate is the most cost effective option, while stone is more desirable it will cost you more money. It’s important to remember that together with bathrooms, kitchens are one of the best ways to add value to a property so spending a little more might for the right surface might be a wise investment.

Kitchen cabinets
Cabinets serve an important purpose in the kitchen for storage but they also make a big visual impact.  However, you don’t always have to spend lots of money to improve the way they look. Resurfacing with a lick of paint can make a big difference to old, worn cabinets.

Appliances
Appliances can also play a big role part in what potential buyers take away from your kitchen. Not only whether the appliances are in a good condition but also whether there is enough space for the appliances that they might wish to bring with them. Always try to be as consistent as possible with the colours and finishes of appliances so that you can keep a uniform theme throughout.

Also, remember not to worry if your kitchen is on the small side, you will find that there are a whole range of compact dishwashers, fridges and slim line cookers out there if you’re willing to look hard enough.

Decorating
When choosing colours for your kitchen it’s very easy to play it safe and go for whites, and there is nothing wrong with this but you should be aware that this can make your kitchen feel cold and bare. To add some warmth, think about a splash of colour in specific areas that won’t be too much trouble to change, for example a coloured table cloth or seat covers. You can then compliment this theme by introducing flowers of the same colour palette.

The kitchen is the central focus of your home and as such it should be practical – appliances should be well placed and in good condition, it should also be consistent – all fixtures and fittings, sinks, appliances, work surfaces and cupboards should follow a theme. If you can achieve this feat then you will be bound to make an impact on potential buyers and boost the value of your home.

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