How to Design a Kitchen That Sells Your Home
Planning on selling your home in the near future? Believe it or not, your kitchen is one of the biggest make-or-break elements when it comes to potential buyers.
Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or considering selling further down the track, a clever kitchen renovation can add a wealth of value to your home.
As kitchen specialists, we’ve helped countless homeowners update their kitchens to appeal to home buyers – here are our top suggestions to maximise your return on investment when it comes to renovating your kitchen.
Match your home
When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, your first thought may be to opt for an on-trend design – but it’s important that your updated space still matches the look and feel of the rest of your home.
A sleek and modern kitchen in a traditional cottage home for example can make the rest of the house look dated.
With this being said, it doesn’t mean that your new kitchen has to be boring – look at design sites or magazines to find styles that will suit your home, and appeal to buyers in the area.
Design for a demographic
Look at the design of your home and figure out which demographic is going to want to buy it. Is it a large and spacious home for a growing family? Or is it a small cosy cottage suited to downsizers?
Design your new kitchen for your home’s relevant demographic. For example, if you have a young family, you want to create a kitchen that is spacious enough to have more than one person in it prepping food at any time. You might then opt for a no-frills kitchen joinery design that is durable and easy to clean, with hardwood floors and marble benchtops.
Don’t forget though, when the time comes to sell, your personal style could turn potential buyers away, so err on the side of being conservative when it comes to kitchen joinery and permanent fixtures. Your kitchen specialists can provide guidance on which elements you can afford to customise if you won’t be selling immediately.
If you’re creating a completely new kitchen layout with your renovation, consider current design trends. Open plan kitchens wouldn’t be so popular if they weren’t functional – and often kitchens with an open plan layout will fetch more at sale.
The layout you choose will also dictate whether you can include certain features like a kitchen island or a breakfast bar. Deciding your layout should be the first thing you do when planning your new kitchen, so you can then design other integral features with this in mind.
Create enough space
Home buyers love storage, especially in areas of the house like the kitchen that get a lot of use. If you’ve got a small space to work with, creating storage will add instant value to your home.
Opt for custom kitchen cabinets with specialised additions that make the most out of every inch of your space – think pull-out cupboards, under sink storage and corner units for those hard-to-reach spots. Our team of kitchen specialists at Apollo Kitchens can help to create a custom storage solution that’s unique to your home.
Perfect the lighting
Lighting is an essential part of your kitchen design, but one that’s often forgotten. Simple updates to your light fixtures or adding in some additional lighting can have a huge impact on your space and add instant value.
Map out different points in your kitchen joinery before choosing lighting to ensure the space is lit correctly. Task lighting goes above high-frequency food prep areas for safety; overall ambience should come from dimmable downlights or similar; and mood lighting can come in the form of decorative pendants.