In the summer we were thinking about selling our home. We had it valued and even went to see a few homes in the areas we were looking at moving to. But having seen what was available, the cost of the homes we wanted to buy, as well as what out would likely go for, we decided to stay put. We wanted the next house move to be one where we would be for quite a while. And when you choose a larger house, it is going to cost more (especially in the south).
So from there, we have been looking at ways that we can add value to the home that we have, so that when we have saved up a little more, and choose to move in a few years, we will have a home that is worth more than it currently is.
One of our projects coming up is getting an extension on the back of our house, just off our kitchen, that will become the dining room. We only have one reception room at the moment, so an extra space will be much welcomed and ensure we easily get our money back in terms of the value that it will add. This is a bit of an upgrade to our kitchen. But what are some smaller things that we can be doing to help to add value to our house, in particular the kitchen?
A few bloggers and Bairstow Eves have been looking at just that, and seeing what you can do around the home to make your home look more saleable, as well as add value.
Here is one of the videos that was created for the kitchen, sharing three tips to help:
So with that advice in mind, I have been thinking about what I can do to change things up a bit in our kitchen and make the space look much more presentable.
One of the first things that stuck out to me was to declutter the kitchen. My husband and I took one Saturday to have a big clear out of the kitchen. We have accumulated a lot of things over the years, but either don’t use it anymore or things have broken. Plus, we have cupboards full of things, but I was pretty sure that several bags of half-used pasta or boxes of oats could be combined.
What else can you do to make your kitchen more saleable?
- update cabinet and drawer handles – an inexpensive way to make a big difference to the look of your units
- changing the kitchen doors – a fresh coat of paint could work wonders to hide a multitude of sins too
- updating the tiles – tiles can become dated quite quickly, especially if they have a particular style or pattern
- retouching the grouting – it makes the whole thing look brighter and lighter, just like new
- new lighting can make a big difference in the room too. An island, if you’re lucky to have one in your kitchen, with some pendant lifting is a must
Ahead of a viewing it has even been recommended to bake something or make a fresh pot of coffee. The smells can be really inviting and homely. Arranging some fresh flowers on the counter can be a good idea too. These small and simple touches can help any prospective buyer feel right at home in your space. Being able to imagine themselves living there is so important.
Have you got any tips that you would add? Would love to hear what you think!