While this kind of freedom is fantastic, and one of the main reasons people buy their own homes rather than renting, there is one important thing to remember before splashing that neon paint around. One day, you will want to sell the property, to someone who may not have the same taste as you. This is why the prudent home owner and budding interior designer will always keep hypothetical future buyers in mind when redecorating.
Remember – great kitchens sell houses
Industry experts agree that a great kitchen can add a great deal of value to a property, and can even make the difference between a quick sale and the house languishing on the market for months. This is why it’s worth considering future buyers when coming up with a new kitchen design. It is still your kitchen, yours to enjoy for as long as you live in the house, so choose the things you want. However, when it comes to the practicalities of the space and some of your more eccentric ideas, you might need to have a quick re-think.
Here are the things you need to consider when designing your new kitchen:
Keep ‘out-there’ colour choices to walls and splashbacks. If you want bright colour in your kitchen, put it where it’s easy to change later on such as wall paint and splashbacks, rather than cabinet fronts, worktops and large areas of tiling. This is not only useful for future buyers who may want to tone things down, but it will also make it easier for you to make a change in a few years’ time.
Leave space for essential appliances. If there’s just the two of you, you might not think you need a dishwasher, or you may put a slim line one in. If your home has two or more bedrooms though, it is likely to attract family buyers in the future. These buyers may need a full size dishwasher, so it could be worth putting one in or at least leaving space for one.
Get lighting and power points right. This is a must for any good kitchen design, but a well-lit kitchen with plenty of socket is something that future buyers will really appreciate too.
Consider future-proofing. Without leaping headfirst into the world of faddy gadgets and gizmos, you may want to consider a few techy features that the future buyer may appreciate. For example, power sockets with USB fittings for phone chargers, automatic lighting and sound systems and high-tech energy saving features.
Get it professionally fitted. If you want a kitchen that will still look fantastic and be a real asset by the time you come to sell the house, choose great quality materials and use professional kitchen fitters to get an impressive finish.
If you need any help with designing or fitting your new kitchen, call in the experts – A&J Kitchens have extensive experience working on kitchen projects of all kinds, from remodels especially for sale to unique, bespoke designs.