How to Deliver What Home Buyers are Looking For in a Kitchen
As the property market becomes increasingly competitive, it’s important for sellers to be presenting their house as the complete package for prospective buyers. Anyone walking through your home should be able to visualise themselves living there, without having to worry about undertaking any major renovations after making such a big purchase.
Research shows that kitchens are a top priority for home buyers, as this is where they will be spending a large portion of their time when at home. Kitchens with space for entertaining, ample storage and an accessible layout top the wishlist for Australians.
With this in mind, whether you’re looking to sell in the near future or further down the track – a kitchen renovation is something that will immediately boost your home’s value to buyers – and real estate agents.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you maximise the return on your investment.
Keep In Mind Who You’re Renovating For
When deciding to move ahead with a kitchen renovation, it’s tempting to whip out your wishlist and start visualising your dream kitchen. But it’s important to determine what the goal of your project is before you begin – and to keep your kitchen renovation costs from ballooning.
If a sale is on the horizon, it’s important to consider that your kitchen preferences might not be shared by potential homebuyers. It’s best to avoid trends or left-of-centre elements if you’ll be putting your home on the market soon. Save that red splashback for your new home!
Keeping a neutral palette and a flexible, social-friendly layout are your best bet to appeal to the widest demographic possible.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
As potential buyers walk through your house, there are some key things they’ll look for to assess whether it’s a worthwhile investment. Identifying these features and putting these at the forefront of your kitchen renovation is a surefire way to tick your buyers’ boxes.
Cabinetry, lighting, appliances and storage aren’t necessarily big ticket items on their own, but when all taken into account they form the overall aesthetic of the space.
Refreshing your cabinets with a coat of paint, swapping out light fittings and highlighting the best storage features of your kitchen will give off a great first impression and keep your property front of mind for buyers long after they’ve finished their inspection.
Consider the Time Factor
Another important decision to make before embarking on your kitchen renovation project is the amount of time you want to allocate to the process.
If you need to get your home ready for buyers quickly, making smart aesthetic changes is a time-economical approach. Aside from painting and purchasing new appliances if need-be, adding in an island is an instant value-booster. It also creates a new wealth of storage, along with a secondary dining or entertaining area that buyers will find hard to go past.
When time isn’t such a pressing factor, investing in a smart design is guaranteed to bring a return on your investment long-term. Your Apollo Kitchens designer will work with you to create a spacious layout, that maximises the storage and entertainment features that are constantly on buyers’ checklists.
Whether you’re needing a few key elements in your kitchen touched up, or are looking to completely redesign your kitchen – the Apollo Kitchens team have over 50 years’ experience in creating functional and stylish kitchens that stand the test of time. Get in touch to arrange a quote today.