The importance of having a good quality kitchen within the home can’t be underestimated, particularly when looking to sell. Kitchens are one of the most important factors for people when choosing a home, and 60% of women say it is the most crucial.
So many Brits are cooking enthusiasts these days, no doubt bolstered in some part by the massive amount of cookery shows on television that have helped the nation realise their desire of becoming budding chefs. Because of this trend it’s vital that you have a well-equipped kitchen that makes the most of space if you want to sell your house at a decent price.
When fitting a kitchen you should:
- Consult An Architect
Although the process seems simple, and there are a number of chain stores who will encourage you to go to them for planning as well as installation, it’s important that you have an expert opinion as to what you can do in terms of space and layout. Even if this is just to give you a basic idea when going to someone else to complete the design process for you – you will find it extremely beneficial.
- The Design Process
Have a clear idea about what you would like to see in your kitchen and any special considerations. If you hold a lot of dinner parties for example, you may want to have an in-built wine chiller. Make sure that you choose something that has longevity and that will match the rest of the interior and character of your home. A country kitchen would look out of place in a modern flat, just as a modern kitchen with lots of steel and sharp edges would look out of place in a country cottage.
Make sure that you ask around your local area when looking for joiners and carpenters to install your kitchen for you. Word of mouth is a great way to discover who provides good work and value for money, and can help you to avoid cowboys. There are a number of directories online too, where you can find useful reviews.
Harry Gibson, a carpenter in Luton offered this advice; “Really think carefully about the process of having a kitchen installed. So many people get caught up in current trends only to find that in another couple of years their design looks outdated. Also, ensure that you ask around your local community, as this is by far the best way to establish a company’s reputation. Most of all, make sure you are 100% happy with materials and design and try to keep things as practical as possible, after all, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home.