Our home satisfies our basic human needs such as sleeping, relaxing, washing, recreation, as well as family time, reading, watching TV, leisure, etc. But it is possibly eating which is the focus of home life. This basic need that punctuates our day provides a social focus for families and couples the world over.
Whilst many properties have a formal dining room for “special occasions”, it is without doubt the kitchen that forms the central hub of home life. The kitchen is where the family meets first thing in the morning and on return from work or school. It is the place through which everyone passes as they go about their business, where keys are hung, mail is put, newspapers and iPads are read.
As a place of utility, the kitchen also fulfils a huge role that incorporates storage, washing, cooking, and entertaining. The quality of the kitchen can determine whether a property can be regarded as modernised or unmodernised, and it is little wonder that so much money is spent on kitchen design and fitting.
When we as estate agents prepare our property details, we find a colour photograph of a well-presented kitchen particularly appeals to purchasers. So when you come to sell, make sure that your kitchen is looking its very best.
Older kitchens can be given a new lease of life with new doors fitted to the original carcases, but keep the colour scheme conservative if you wish to appeal to the widest range of prospective purchasers. As the floor-space is likely to be relatively small, a new high quality floor covering, be it vinyl, wood-strip or tile, need not cost the earth.
Please feel free to contact your local branch if you require advice about improving your kitchen to maximise you sale prospects.
Neil Newstead, FARLA MNAEA MIRPM
Chief Executive Officer