The Master Chef revolution has brought the competitive cook out in all of us; but when it comes to selling our home, the kitchen could be the secret ingredient in standing out from the crowd. When renovating a kitchen it’s easy to get caught up in elaborate fittings and fixtures rather than choosing a design...Read More→

The Master Chef revolution has brought the competitive cook out in all of us; but when it comes to selling our home, the kitchen could be the secret ingredient in standing out from the crowd.

When renovating a kitchen it’s easy to get caught up in elaborate fittings and fixtures rather than choosing a design that best suits your price bracket. Flat pack and “do it yourself” kitchens are perfect for homes in the lower to mid range of the market, where as it’s most likely that a more expensive home may require a more professional approach. Either way there are some things we need to consider when it comes to making the kitchen a stand out marketing feature that adds value to your end result. Natural light and open plan layouts are a great way to gain additional value. In older style houses, the kitchen is now literally the heart of the home. Often verandahs and patios have been filled in to provide extra living space while unfortunately blocking natural light. Installing a skylight is by far the best option if you are faced with that predicament.

However, removing walls and incorporating that extra living area is a great alternative, not only to shine some light on the situation, but it will provide your home with a modern feel through an open plan layout.

Vivid colours polarise people and can turn off potential buyers. Stick with neutral tones that appeal to a large variety of people. White surfaces are timeless and will hold value as times goes on and fashion changes. If you still wish to stay on trend, choosing a neutral colour palette and styling your kitchen with pops of colour through accessorising is how this is best achieved. Stainless steel appliances are an absolute must. The style of these appliances should reflect the market you are trying to appeal to. Stand alone ovens and free hanging range hoods are more appropriate for a buyer in a higher price range where an under bench oven would be ideal for a purchaser in the lower part of the market. Installing a dishwasher will increase the appeal for a willing tenant and also add value when it comes to selling in any target market.

Bench tops are no doubt the biggest focal point of any kitchen, so why do we sacrifice this prime piece of kitchen real estate for the three door revolving pantry when overhead cupboards may suffice or we opt for the commercial sized sink when these days, the majority of people prefer the convenience of a dishwasher. Whether you choose stone, stainless steel or wood, there are plenty of laminated kitchen surfaces that will mirror this effect while achieving a timeless finish within a budget.

Keep your design simple, your colour scheme neutral and don’t forfeit functionality for fancy features.

However, for a little extra outlay, it’s profitable to consider quartz based surfaces such as Essastone or Caesarstone. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, these types of surface add a high-end look and low maintenance finish if you’re looking to lease the home in the future. By combining all these elements you will be well on the way to wowing your friends, family and future buyers – just don’t forget the key ingredients that have passed the test of time.

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