Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home but when it comes to selling your house, is your kitchen giving your prospective buyers butterflies of excitement or pangs of anxiety?
We recently teamed up with kitchen suppliers Magnet to research exactly how buyers react to kitchens when they go for a viewing.
Interestingly, the research revealed that an inviting kitchen space could significantly increase the value of your property, with a good kitchen adding up to £20,000.
More than half of the buyers Magnet spoke to said they would offer more money on a house if the kitchen had very recently been refurbished. On average, house hunters would offer an additional £4,486 for this reason.
With these figures in mind, we asked our Local Property Experts to share with us some of their favourite kitchens from properties they had on the market. Some of them made us very excited!
Four-bedroom, detached house, Bury, BL9.
First up, this fully fitted dining kitchen opening onto the rear private garden. Christian Howes, our MD here at Purplebricks says “The type of kitchen that adds more value to a property is modern, sleek and neutral in colour. It should have decent appliances with nice or no handles, which are integrated appliances and clever kitchen lighting. This type of kitchen can add an estimated £10k onto the value of a family sized home.”
5 bedroom, character property, Sheffield, S17.
This open plan, breakfast kitchen combines cold concrete facias with an industrial steel finish. Its style is very much in keeping with the home, where glass and exposed materials merge wonderfully with warm colours and textiles.
4 bedroom, semi-detached house, Cardiff, CF3.
This home is priced at the lower end of the scale, compared to those listed above but you can still see how the trends from push-open units, fully integrated appliances and breakfast bar, open plan living can be recreated to suit any budget.
4 bedroom, semi-detached house, London, NW3.
While at the other end of the scale, this magnificent kitchen has all the facilities of a restaurant but still retains the homely essence that allows a family to gather and spend time together.
5-bedroom, detached house, Brighton, BH1.
Finally, this kitchen in a recently renovated Brighton home shows how making use of a long space, in this case the length of the house, can bring light through the home and act as the central hub from which all activity in the house can lead from. A classic example of the kitchen being the heart of the home.
If you're thinking of selling your home but would like some advice from our Local Property Experts on any changes you can make to maximise your homes potential, simply download the Purplebricks app and book a valuation. Our Local Property Experts will be able to offer you practical advice on the market, what buyers in your area are looking for and a market valuation that won't be beaten.